A new training facility for GE engines used in the aviation, oil and gas industries has opened in Qatar. The Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and international engine manufacturer, GE collaborated to build the facility to train technicians on a range of GE engines. QSTP is located in Qatar Foundation’s Education City and is an incubator, bringing research and business together to spur the development of Qatar’s knowledge economy.
HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar and the Chief of the Emiri Diwan was guest of honour at the event, which was also attended by the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker.
Being the first facility of its kind outside North America, the 13,400-square metre hub will be used for training GE aviation and energy corporate customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. The facility provides training on a range of jet engines, including the GE90, CF6, CF34 and GEnx models. The new centre includes five digital classrooms equipped with 3-D graphical models and online teaching capabilities. A hands-on component also forms a core part of the facility, with 14 engine bays for practical aircraft engine training.
Programmes focus on training for line maintenance, boroscope inspection and boro-blend repairs. Enrolment has already begun, and the centre expects to provide between 400 and 500 students with certificates from the Doha-based training centre each year.
Speaking at the official opening, Al Baker said; “Qatar Airways is one of the primary beneficiaries of this training facility, and our staff are among the first to undergo training here. The Centre’s presence in Doha ensures Qatar Airways’ employees are at the forefront of the latest training methods available, receiving instructions right here at the airline’s hub, further cementing the airline’s relationship with General Electric.
“The GE 90 engine, the largest in the world, powers all of our Boeing 777 fleet of aircraft. The next-generation GEnx engines will power our Boeing 787 aircraft – of which we are proud to be the Middle East’s launch customer when we take delivery of them next year.”