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Energy firm sends staff back to uni

David Woods , 11 Aug 2008

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Engineers at coal and steam technology company Doosan Babcock will be offered masters level training in power plant engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

The course contributes to chartered engineer status, and is the first of its kind to be run at Strathclyde's industrially-focused Graduate School of Engineering.

Some 50 graduates join Doosan Babcock each year, and employees and graduate recruits will have the option to study the course part time, allowing them to continue their jobs. Students will be given the option of completing an MSc degree, postgraduate diploma, certificate or stand-alone individual modules.
 
Iain Miller, CEO of Doosan Babcock, said: "Participation in this MSc course will accelerate the learning of graduates within the power sector and lead to enhanced career opportunities."

Tom Hulbert, a Crawley-based graduate trainee engineer, will be among the first to enrol. He said: "I am currently working in furnace manufacture and I'm really looking forward to doing the course. It's a good opportunity to understand all the functions in a power plant and it will improve my training and boost my career prospects."

Colin Grant, dean of the University of Strathclyde's faculty of engineering, added: "While some industries are facing a challenging business outlook, the power engineering sector is bucking the trend and offers very attractive career paths for graduate professionals."

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