N3 Engine Overhaul Services Opens

N3 Engine Overhaul Services, a joint venture set up in Thuringia by Lufthansa Technik AG and Rolls-Royce plc to repair and overhaul aircraft engines, officially opened its brand new plant on September 14

So far, N3 has created more than 270 modern, highly qualified jobs in Thuringia - a figure set to rise to around 500 by 2010. About 120 future colleagues are currently being trained. In total, N3's 500 vacancies attracted some 11,700 applications. The team at N3 is made up of eleven different nationalities from four continents. Nevertheless, more than 80 per cent of N3 staff come from the local region of Thuringia - the most central of the sixteen federal states making up Germany. N3 is an attractive company, which has encouraged many engineers originally from Thuringia to return to their roots. These 'homecomers' accounting for about 15% of all the staff. They seized the opportunity to use their expertise to help mould a modern company right from the word go.

At a time when the shortage of skilled labour is growing, N3 will train young people internally and also enter into partnership with nearby universities and colleges. For example, in September 2007, N3 began putting new recruits through an industrial business training programme. Meanwhile, preparations for a new commercial and technical training course for aircraft mechanics specializing in turbofan engines due to start in September 2008 have already been started. Vocational training at N3 offers excellent conditions to young applicants keen to learn and work in an internationally active company.

N3 continues to expand its ties with regional universities and colleges. It already helps young people studying mainly technical subjects to gain initial experience of working in aviation through a programme of internships, work experience and supervising undergraduate dissertations. This gives students a unique chance to apply their theoretical knowledge in a challenging, international, technical environment.

N3 also intends to continue its successful collaboration with local job centres and training establishments in order to ensure that the company's demand for specialists and management can continue to be met. N3's internal training programmes are to be augmented by other opportunities for focused part-time further training.

N3 continues to offer experienced engineers and keen beginners challenging and interesting responsibilities in the fields of production planning, quality management, aero-engine servicing, component repair and customer care, as well as the planning and testing of materials. N3 prepares new recruits for their future tasks in individual familiarization programmes including work experience with both shareholders, Lufthansa Technik AG and Rolls-Royce plc.

N3 Engine Overhaul Services GmbH & Co. KG

N3 Engine Overhaul Services is a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and Rolls-Royce plc. Based in the Thuringian town of Arnstadt in central Germany, N3 was set up in 2003 and went into operation in its brand new plant in early April 2007. N3 was named after the distinctive Rolls-Royce aircraft engine design featuring three shafts rotating at different speeds. N3 is the only facility in Europe to overhaul Rolls-Royce Trent 500, Trent 700 and Trent 900 engines, which power the Airbus A340, A330 and A380 aircraft. The company serves customers in the core markets Europe, America, Africa and the CIS. N3 is one of the world's most advanced aircraft engine overhaul centres. The Repair & Overhaul Shop measures 25,000 square metres (270,000 square feet) and has been fitted with state-of-the-art machinery and systems, ranging from areas used to strip and build engines and modules, cleaning and crack test departments, and component repair workshops to one of the biggest, most efficient and cleanest test cells worldwide. By 2010, the number of highly qualified jobs created at Arnstadt will reach around 500.

During the course of 2007 and 2008, N3's first two years of operation, N3 Engine Overhaul Services will overhaul about 130 large turbofan engines. Its throughput will subsequently rise to some 200 engines annually. In addition to aircraft engine overhaul, N3 will shortly also start offering repair services for individual engine components.

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