Ocado Engineering welcomes Year of Engineering minister and Rawlett School to Dordon CFC
Earlier this month, we were delighted to host the Year of Engineering minister Nusrat Ghani MP and a group of students from the Rawlett School in Tamworth(Staffordshire, England) for an exclusive tour of the automated systems and engineering solutions powering our Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Dordon.
First opened in February 2013, Dordon CFC2 is a state of the art automated warehouse that handles over 190,000 grocery orders for Ocado.com and Morrisons.com customers on a weekly basis. It is also home to over 130 technicians and engineers working hard to keep the systems running smoothly.
Representing Ocado on the visit were Greg Hutton, head of Ocado Construction and Engineering, and Jonathan Bomphray, Dordon CFC2 general manager. They were accompanied by members of the Dordon engineering operations team led by Chris Revill who offered the guests a glimpse into their day-to-day activities and answered questions about the skills and knowledge required to be an engineer at Ocado.
The tour was organised to mark the beginning of the Year of Engineering campaign, a year-long initiative that aims to challenge the outdated perceptions of the engineering profession and get more young people to consider a career in engineering.
The visitors were offered a detailed explanation of our goods-to-person systems where high-speed shuttles and conveyors bring crates of products to our personal shoppers who then pick and pack the grocery items in a few seconds.
Once the tour ended, Ms Ghani addressed the school group and encouraged everyone to consider a career in engineering. Highlighting benefits such as increased job security, better pay and an opportunity to change the world, she made a passionate plea for students – and especially girls – to look at the full spectrum of opportunities, from apprenticeships to university degrees. Ms Ghani also said girls shouldn’t be afraid to explore physics, maths, chemistry or other STEM-related subjects as these can ultimately lead to a career in engineering.
Encouraging more young people to enter the engineering profession is essential to ensuring the growth and development of new technologies and businesses in the UK. Ocado Engineering designs, builds and maintains the world’s most advanced automated warehouses for online grocery, so we hope our involvement in the Year of Engineering campaign will offer young people everywhere a real insight into the exciting and rewarding life of an engineer.
Stay tuned to our website to find out more about our Year of Engineering-related plans for 2018 and follow us on Twitter (@OcadoEng) to see what we’re doing next.
For more details on the resources available and how to get involved in the Year of Engineering campaign, please visit the official website.