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Norbar open evening encourages engineers of the future

05 May 2010

Young people aspiring to a career in engineering had the chance to find out what it’s all about at a successful Norbar Engineering Open Evening held recently at the UK Headquarters of Norbar Torque Tools in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

The event included a comprehensive look at Norbar’s operations from CAD 3D component design to product production and inspection.

Norbar, which is also based in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, China and Singapore, can demonstrate that there is an exciting future available in engineering, having shown consistently strong performance as a manufacturer and exporter of specialist equipment. On view were engineering solutions ranging from a hugely powerful multiplier (generating 100,000 Newton Metres of torque) used for applications such as securing fasteners on oil and gas pipelines to precision wrenches utilised in automotive fast fit repair outlets. There was also valuable advice on hand about both apprenticeship and graduate training programmes from representatives of Warwickshire College (Leamington Spa) and Oxford Brookes University.

Nearly 80 school students and accompanying adults attended the Open Evening and were welcomed by Managing Director Neill Brodey, who explained that the company wished to present the many different aspects of engineering and also to attract candidates for apprenticeships;

“We have a passion for engineering at Norbar and over recent years have had some fantastic apprentices working for us. Apprenticeships can lead to a wide range of potential roles in engineering, including management.”

Staff took small groups around both office and factory floor, showing that engineering expertise was required throughout company operations, including areas such as sales and procurement. It was also emphasised that Norbar not only manufactures a wide range of torque wrenches, torque multipliers, calibration equipment and other products but also produces tools to make them.

Additionally, testing has an essential role in this high precision area of manufacturing. This was described when groups were introduced to Norbar’s UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited laboratory, where torque equipment from both Norbar and its competitors is calibrated and recalibrated to international standards of meticulous accuracy.

The Norbar Engineering Open Evening took place on Tuesday 2 February, appropriately coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week. A provisional date has already been set for the next event, which is currently scheduled to take place on 15th February 2011.

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