ABB opened a new laboratory for the “Automation of continuous production processes” class in the Vocational School of Electrical Engineering and Electronics – Plovdiv. All students will have the opportunity to educate in a fully refurbished laboratory with brand new multimedia equipment, soldering filters, compressor, and an AC. One year ago, ABB started a partnership program with the school to renovate the “Electrification of production” laboratory and welcomed the first group of eighth-graders with specialization in electrical equipment and production. In 2020, ABB expects to have nearly 60 students under its vocational program.
Additionally, the school will host an ABB Club for the pupils - an extracurricular course, aiming to deliver a practical experience for the students. ABB designed а specialized workbook and materials for the purposes of the club.
“The participants in the ABB club will be able to receive a solid base and fundamental competencies for their career development, thanks to the access to a real working environment, innovative processes, and up-to-date technologies,” said Uwe Tschirner, Manager of ABB Bulgaria – branch Rakovski. “As a company, we want to make sure that we are doing our best to provide the next generation of engineers with everything they need to succeed”, added Mr. Tschirner.
In order to fully cover the needs of the students and the purposes of the course, ABB has provided a wide range of technical equipment, such as a traffic light stand, a pneumatics stand, a fully automated production line stand, and an automated robot stand. To ensure high-quality education, the ABB club classes will be delivered by an experienced ABB engineer, certified as industrial supervisor in dual education programs.
“The extracurricular activity will be divided into 14 classes and practical exercises in the fields of Pneumatics, Mechatronics, and Electrical Engineering. The program will also include two on-site classes at an ABB factory and additional soft skills training,” said Georgi Georgiev, Maintenance Manager at ABB Bulgaria, branch Rakovski and ABB Club trainer.
The official opening of the new laboratory took place during a ceremony held on the 26th of November at the high school. Special guest of the event was the Minister of Education of Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Krasimir Valchev.
ABB has two electrification factories in Rakovski that employ over 1,900 people. In addition, the company runs two low-voltage factories in Petrich and a high-voltage production unit in Sevlievo. A modern service station for Turbochargers is located in Varna and serves both the Bulgarian and Romanian coasts of the Black Sea. ABB’s main office in Bulgaria is located in Sofia.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com