Date: March 21, 2023 4:05 pm

Creating the Next Generation of Engineering Excellence in Electric Vehicles

Creating the Next Generation of Engineering Excellence in Electric Vehicles
Creating the Next Generation of Engineering Excellence in Electric Vehicles

Gilks relationship with the Education sector stems back throughout their 60 years and they continue to support both schools, colleges and universities with their electrical engineering expertise to support a variety of building development projects, for this sector.

One of the latest projects is working with Reaseheath College to improve the energy efficiency of their bus and coach engineering academy facility.

The premises were formerly occupied by vehicle recycling company Synetiq and now let to Reaseheath partnered with First Bus to form this fantastic engineering training workshop.

The academy has benefited from £50,000 of investment by Reaseheath College with First Bus providing the hybrid electric training buses and other training tools, to equip this engineering training facility to create an environment that provides a complete depot and training centre.

This facility has become the base for the UK’s first coach and bus engineering academy, created in partnership with First Bus. The facility will deliver tailored training to First Bus apprentice engineering technicians in the maintenance of next generation, zero-emission transport vehicles.

In addition to First Bus, the academy is also delivering training for Bentley Motors, with a focus on educating the next generation of EV (electric vehicle) Technicians. The facility is a major milestone in educating young minds about the next generation of automotive development.

Gilks are pleased to have won this project and support Reaseheath in creating a more energy efficient environment by installing up-to-date lighting and power supplies in the workshops. Using our in-house electrical engineering design facility, a free-of-charge service to our clients, Gilks worked with Reaseheath to understand what was needed and the operations being undertaken in each area. The complete design layout of the lighting and power supplies were then located to suit the customer needs and requirements of the students and tutors working within the workshop.

The traditional fluorescent lamps are being replaced with energy efficient LED vapour proof units and located to suit the new facility layout and requirements. This upgrade will save energy and create a brighter working environment. This will not only make a more energy efficient building but a better environment for the students and tutors to work in. New power supplies are also being fitted throughout the site allowing more students to plug a variety of tools in whilst in the workshop.

Contracts Manager Lewis Battersby is on site overseeing the work being carried out “This is an exciting project to be involved with. Once again, it’s great to see new engineers being developed for the next generation of vehicles.  This has been a straightforward project for Gilks and our team has met the schedule that was set. With the new lights installed, the workshop will be brighter and make a more pleasant place for students to work in, whilst saving energy”.

If you need support with electrical design and installation for your building project, Gilks will be pleased to discuss your requirements to support your needs. Contact us now.

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