JCB faces the skills gap in computer-aided design among engineering and design professions
SIEMENS – Siemens PLM Software customer of more than 17 years, JCB is one of the world’s leading construction equipment manufacturers and has a long heritage of supplying innovative products. JCB uses NX™ and Teamcenter® for its computer-aided design and data management. Working with NX daily gives JCB a keen insight into CAD challenges. Headquartered in the UK, JCB uses NX and Teamcenter to fulfill its computer-aided design (CAD) engineering needs. Check out this JCB case study to learn more about how NX was used in the design of the JCB444 Diesel engine.
Al Dean and Tanya Weaver from Develop 3D visited the JCB UK Headquarters in October and talked about some of the key challenges faced when working with CAD. A JCB group CAD specialist explained about one of the key challenges: the quality of technical drawings, especially when it comes to university graduates who join the company with very little drawing skill. “You’ve got young guys going into our various divisions where they are detailing complex components etc., and it’s a real struggle, as the skills required to detail a high quality engineering drawing are not taught in depth as part of a modern engineering degree.”
They went on to talk about how to resolve this issue.
The JCB Academy, based near the company headquarters in Rocester UK, is the first university technical college in the UK to deliver high-quality engineering and business education to students from the age of 14. The inspiration for the academy came from JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford in 2006 and the school opened its doors to its first pupils in September 2010. In fact, JCB has just had its second intake of apprentices from the JCB Academy, who have come into the business having worked on real-life engineering projects.
“The JCB Academy was established to develop employability skills amongst young people and to enable them to achieve great academic and technical qualifications,” says JCB Academy Principal Jim Wade. more> http://tinyurl.com/kn5uno7
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