Students at Bath College visited two major South West companies to see how refrigeration engineering is used in industry.
Refrigeration VRQ2 students took a trip to Space Engineering’s plant manufacturing facility in Pucklechurch, South Gloucestershire.
They also visited Tesco’s distribution centre in Avonmouth and spoke to Steve Jones from Star Refrigeration.
Space Engineering provides refrigeration, mechanical and electrical services to customers across the UK.
The company specialises in greener refrigeration systems that operate using the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide.
Students met director Tony Mills, who showed them round the plant, including the design area and new product innovations.
He guided the group through the process of designing, manufacturing, building and selling refrigeration systems.
At Tesco’s distribution centre, students were surprised by the scale of the fridge area, used to store perishable food.
They were shown the huge electrical control system used to keep everything cool and were taken up onto the roof of the fridge.
Refrigeration lecturer Simon Robinson said: “I think the students were overwhelmed by the size of plant. What they build at the college follows the same principle, but this is on an industrial scale.
“The visit to Space Engineering showed them the detail you can go into designing refrigeration systems and why you want to design things to become cost effective and environmentally friendly.”