May 01, 2003

Seagate Springtown Supports New Generation Engineers

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Seagate's Springtown facility has been helping engineers of the future from Foyle and Londonderry College get a taste of what it's like to problem-solve in a high tech company.

Four A-Level students from the College have worked over the last few months with Seagate Springtown engineer, William McClure, on a project to design and build a prototype Solvent Delivery System. The project was part of the Engineering Education Scheme organised by Sentinus, a leading provider of partnerships between education and industry in Northern Ireland.

William McClure described the project as "one of the most rewarding experiences" of his professional career.

"The application and dedication of the Foyle and Londonderry College students was excellent. Their ability to take complex issues, break them down into mini projects and then set about coming up with innovative and practical solutions is a credit to their personal ability and education. I think this an excellent scheme that gives the engineers of tomorrow an opportunity to put the theory into practice," he said.

Foyle and Londonderry College teacher, Alistair Manning, who supervised the student group commented: "The Engineering Education Scheme is an important opportunity for our students to get some hands-on experience of how engineering theory and techniques can be applied to problem solving in the real world. Having a company of the calibre of Seagate to support the project and provide practical support and advice through mentors like William, is an invaluable part of the learning experience for the students who participate."

In addition to designing and manufacturing the prototype model, the group also had to produce a business plan for the new system, taking into account the costs of production and key project planning considerations.

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Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 1,800 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. The Company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminum substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.

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