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News & Events Tour Of Jack Up Vessel Elevates Students' Aspirations.

A 75m long, 295 tonne, self-propelled jack up vessel is no ordinary classroom, but that is where students at University Technical College Norfolk have been learning about careers in offshore energy engineering this week.

40 Year 10 and Year 12 students studying at the Old Hall Road specialist engineering school, were invited on board the Seajacks Leviathan vessel for a unique opportunity to learn about offshore wind-farm installation and tour the vessel’s state-of-the-art facilities.

During their visit, students learned about marine navigation and communication systems and saw how component parts are manufactured on-board the vessel.

They also visited Leviathan’s engine room to learn about how thrusters drive the vessel’s legs into the seabed, enabling the vessel to ‘jack up’ for the installation of wind turbines.

UTC Norfolk student, Glen Sainton-Clark, 16, from Spixworth, said the visit had opened his eyes to an area of engineering that he had not previously considered:

“I think I want to go into aeronautical engineering, but learning about the role of navigator was really interesting. It was interesting to hear about the etiquette that you have out at sea, in terms of what people are doing and how you avoid them!”

Alex Hayes, Principal, UTC Norfolk said:

“Visits like these change people’s lives. Amazing work goes on around Norfolk’s shores and there are very many opportunities available for young people who have the right skills and attitudes. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Seajacks for providing a really valuable experience for our students”.

Ian Robertson, HR and Crewing Manager for Seajacks said:

“Seajacks always welcome the opportunity to show engineering students how life is on-board our vessels and to explain the real career paths our crew has taken in order to work at sea. We were pleased to see the UTC students on-board Leviathan as they were clearly motivated to work hard at achieving their expected grades”.

UTC Norfolk is holding two open events for prospective year 12 students on Saturday 8 and 15 November, 2-4pm. 

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