A new era begins at Rotherham College this term with the opening of its new Engineering Centre of Excellence.
The improved facilities are the result of a major facelift to the old department which has been taking place over the summer.
Among the improvements are new electronics and metallurgy laboratories, advanced state-of-the-art manufacturing machines and new electric equipment in the welding workshop.
The centre is based in the Clifton Building in the college’s Town Centre Campus.
As a result of the changes, the college will for the first time be offering the HNC General Engineering course.
Students taking the course will be the first to be trained in the workshops, working with the most up-to-date industry standard equipment.
The qualification is seen as perfect preparation for management careers in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, with the college having links with over 600 private and public sector employers throughout the area.
It is the latest addition to the college’s other higher education courses which include business, visual and performing arts, and construction.
Also under development at the college is the new extended and refurbished student-run Wharncliffe training restaurant.
Principal Gill Alton marked the transformation by burying a time capsule in the foundations of the new development, which is set to offer a wider range of cuisine.