TEC delivers 300th training place for global engineering giant!

First published: February 10th, 2017
Author: David Scrimshire
Company: TEC Transnational Ltd
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TEC Transnational today (20th February 2017) announced that it had successfully delivered its 300th training place for Meggitt.

Places have been taken up by engineers working both in the UK and United States in the past few years.

The global engineering giant has been using the Midlands-based training provider for more than a decade.

Senior managers praised the company for understanding Meggitt’s commitment to safety, its tenacious ethics programme and strict trade compliance processes.

Meggitt Group Quality Director Graham Crighton said “TEC Transnational’s training courses and flexible approach worked well for our staff in sites as far apart as Asia, Europe, America, India and the Middle East.

“We have worked with TEC for a long time now and appreciate their ability to work in a way that is adapted to and suits the needs of Meggitt.

“It’s easy to get training off the shelf but with TEC we know they will make sure our courses work in the way Meggitt works.

“TEC staff know their subject matter. We always feel comfortable in asking any questions and discussing issues with them knowing they will be answered. TEC always lets us know of any changes to accreditation with advanced information and guidance.

“They have taken the time to see how the Meggitt processes and systems work so they can cater their courses to best suit our working practices.”

He added many Meggitt engineers, from sites and offices all over the world, came back time and again for advice, updates and refreshers with TEC Transnational.

TEC’s managing director, Dr David Scrimshire, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to develop a strategic relationship with Meggitt, so that we can understand the business and deliver courses which make a real impact on quality systems and procedures.

“At the same time, the Meggitt team is now aware of how best to spread best practice around the company.”

Meggitt specialises in components for extreme environments and smart sub-systems for aerospace, defence, medical and energy markets.

Its civil aerospace division covers large commercial transports, regional aircraft, business jets, helicopters and general aviation – meaning safety must be its highest priority.

All its businesses are underpinned by the Meggitt Production System – a group-wide operating system based on lean manufacturing and continuous improvement, with a focus on safety, efficiency and effectiveness.

Essential elements include the company’s approach to quality management, the stringent requirements of AS9100 Rev D, as well as the additional and changing needs of customers and the global regulatory authorities.

Meggitt Group Supply Excellence Leader Sarah Bernard, who recently attended the TEC AS9100 Rev D Lead Auditor course, said: “It was a really good training session.

“The TEC trainers have the experience to give you over and above the standard material and really helped me with auditing techniques. I passed the exam and learnt a large amount in the process.”

All Meggitt sites share common key elements, reinforced by site-specific processes reflecting the different manufacturing facilities and products.

TEC Transnational was enlisted to review Meggitt’s quality management system, which was coordinated and designed by Graham Crighton.

TEC’s main input was to ensure conformity with AS9100 Rev D requirements during the development process.

Workshops were held with senior Meggitt staff in the UK, USA and Europe to develop specialised training courses focusing on Advanced Product Quality Planning; Risk Management & FMEA; Capability Studies and SPC and Measurement System Analysis (Gauge R & R).

The training programmes were then customised and are currently being delivered by senior Meggitt staff around the world.

Meggitt Group Quality Manager Steve McMulkin, who also recently attended the Rev D Lead Auditor course, said: “TEC have been working with us for many years and know how we work. The courses are all tailored for our needs.

“The trainers are experts in their fields and have a really good idea of what might come up in the exam, so we all felt very well prepared. It was all very clear and concise.”

Following the completion of the Meggitt quality management system, TEC has also provided further training courses in the UK.

The courses included the IRCA-certified five day AS9100 Rev D Lead Auditor and two-day Lead Auditor Transition courses, as well as the two-day AS9100 Internal Auditor courses.

TEC has now been engaged to deliver the same programme of training for Meggitt’s USA sites.