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In February, Australian Aerospace signed ...

... an agreement with QUT and CEED Program Qld to provide industry-training opportunities for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students, over the coming years. 

Through this partnership, Australian Aerospace will be able to offer solid training projects and scholarships to a variety of Queensland students, which will help prepare the students for their transition to the ‘real world’. 

Australian Aerospace is the only helicopter producer in Australia and New Zealand and is a subsidiary of Eurocopter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the European Aeronautical Defence and Space (EADS) company.  EADS is the largest aerospace and defence company in Europe.  

The company currently assembles and tests Tiger ARH helicopters and MRH90 troop lift helicopters for the Australian Army.  They also support the Socata fixed wing aircraft and assemble the EC120B civilian helicopter.  Maintenance contracts are also in place for the Caribou and P-3C Orion transport and reconnaissance aircraft. 

Colin Melvin, Manager - Office of Commercial Services at QUT, is delighted that Australian Aerospace is keen to collaborate with Queensland Universities, “this is the start of an important partnership for QUT, CEED and all of the students at QUT, UQ & USQ who will participate in the projects offered by Australian Aerospace.  We are looking forward to forging a strong relationship with the company”.  

Via CEED Program Qld, Australian Aerospace can link with a variety of students from various disciplines, and from three Queensland Universities – QUT, UQ and USQ.  The company is also keen to utilise CEED projects to identify high calibre students for their graduate recruitment program. 

To kick-off the partnership, Australian Aerospace has sponsored three CEED projects for 1st semester 2008.  The students selected by the company are Adam Paton (final year Mechanical Engineering student, QUT), Stewart Colborne (final year Mechatronics Engineering student, UQ) and Srivinas Ammula (Master of IT student, QUT).  The projects will be based at the company’s Centre for Excellence, in Brisbane. 

Australian Aerospace is enthusiastic about the relationship with Queensland Universities and the CEED Program, “we view this as an important initiative to broaden the experience base of students while providing a valuable contribution to the future growth of the aerospace industry” Graeme Breen, Vice President Integrated Systems business unit for Australian Aerospace.


Pictured below:  A Tiger ARH helicopter under construction by Australian Aerospace.

 Australian Aerospace - Tiger ARH helicopter


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