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Engineering bosses at Sandwell College are in talks with a multi million dollar aerospace, military and energy company to establish a groundbreaking link for future industry careers.

TRAC Group Ltd. is part of the Chromalloy group, a one billion dollar company with locations in 17 countries worldwide and one of the world’s largest providers of advanced coatings and authorised repairs and parts for gas turbine engines.

The global group repairs, maintains and manufactures turbine engine components used by the United States military and armed forces around the world, as well as international airlines.

The engineering team is nearing the final stages of negotiations with TRAC Group Ltd to start a pioneering partnership, which could lead to industry-leading advanced manufacturing techniques being adopted and substantial work experience opportunities for promising students.

Strong links with the global technology company, which has a manufacturing centre in the West Midlands, could also result in employment and sponsored enrolment for students on the college’s HNC Manufacturing Engineering programme.

Sandwell College Engineering Team Leader Mark Banks said: “This is an extremely exciting development for us and our students. We are nearing the end of negotiations where we are modifying our curriculum where we can, in line with company requirements. In turn TRAC will provide some of our work experience, with the possibility of employment. They will also provide training for our staff and industry guest speakers.”

Trac Tooling Ltd. Plant Manager, Chris Palmer, commented: “Trac Group are proud to forge such a close working relationship with Sandwell College to help develop the next generation of young engineers that will further secure the future of the business in the West Midlands. The company is now entering a period of strong growth with worldwide demand for aero engines continuing to grow and with Trac Tooling being one of the leading suppliers of tooling solutions to the major aerospace companies; we have a key role in satisfying this ever increasing demand. This is an exciting and challenging time for the business and we need young, talented engineers at all levels to support the future growth of the business.”