Bury St Edmunds: Gift helps West Suffolk College automotive learners

A LEADING manufacturer of timing belts has offered to donate a piece of equipment, which normally sells for around �330, to help train automotive students at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.

Gates Power Transmission is donating an STT-1 sonic belt tension tester, which is designed to ensure that belts are installed so as to deliver optimum performance and reliability.

Technical training on correct and safe installation procedures of timing belts was delivered to automotive Level 3 apprentices, full-time learners and tutors at the college by Andrew Vaux, technical support and training officer for Gates Power Transmission.

Patrick Hamilton, head of the college’s school of engineering crafts, said: “This partnership and the technical support from Gates is so valuable. Knowledge of the correct installation procedures can save time and money for them and their customers.

“We really appreciate the donation of the STT-1 sonic belt tension tester, which will ensure accuracy and precision for our learners and their employers. I would also like to thank Andrew for his time, commitment and passion in delivering the training to our learners and tutors.”

Mr Vaux said: “We are very happy to visit colleges and training providers to give apprentice mechanics the information and skills they need to carry out this vital task. Failure to replace a timing belt correctly can cause severe engine damage. This is our second visit to West Suffolk College, where students are well prepared for their role in the motor industry. ”