Students have been given an insight into the latest technology developments in the refrigeration industry.
The 15 Refrigeration VRQ2 students from Bath College have enjoyed a site visit to show them how the industry is rapidly changing.
They toured Space Engineering’s plant manufacturing facility in Pucklechurch, South Gloucestershire, to find out more about refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.
It is hoped that the visit will inspire students to take advantage of the highly-skilled opportunities in one of country’s fastest growing industries.
Plant Manufacturing Director Tony Mills explained the production process, talked about innovative designs and answered students’ questions regarding future developments.
The visit also gave students the chance to see the evolution of refrigeration plant technologies and how this is driven by the customer, mainly the big supermarkets.
Students also got to grips with the scale and application of systems used in the industry and the constant strive for a greener economical way of utilising heat energy.
Student Chandler Davison said: “The visit to Space Engineering was enlightening and brought into realisation how fast the industry in which I want to be part of is changing and adapting to new rules and regulations.
“It was great to be shown round the whole factory learning the more advanced ways of refrigerating and cooling products and how using non-harmful gases to the environment is the future.
“The sheer scale of the refrigeration equipment used was great to see and walking around gave us a wider perspective on the jobs available to us in the industry.”
Student Brad Jefferies added: “The visit was very educational and taught me a load of things about both space engineering and refrigeration in general.”
Refrigeration Lecturer Simon Robinson said: “The students came away very inspired and keen to understand more about complex refrigeration systems in a very specialist area of Building Services Engineering.
“Space Engineering has used Bath College to train their refrigeration apprentices for a long time, and we want to continue to help assist their training needs in the future.”
Space Engineering Services provides refrigeration, mechanical and electrical services to a wide range of UK customers across the retail, public, industrial and commercial sectors.
The company specialises in greener refrigeration systems that operate using the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide.
Pictured above: Refrigeration students from Bath College touring the facilities at Space Engineering.