Technician Training Underway For GE, Lufthansa Technik Engine JV XEOS

Technician Training Underway At GE, Lufthansa Technik Engine JV

Xeos engine facility in Poland expected to be operational by spring 2019.

The setup of Xeos, the Southern Poland-based engine joint venture between GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik, is running to schedule with a growing number of technicians undergoing training.

The facility, scheduled to begin production in Spring 2019, will initially hold overhaul and repair capabilities for the GEnx-2B and from 2021, the GE9X engine type. The engines power the Boeing 747-8 and the Boeing 777X respectively.

Construction of the $274 million facility began in August 2017 followed by a foundation ceremony held at the site in late-September 2017. As of Oct. 18, the project is running to time, confirmed Thomas Böttger, XEOS managing director of business in a phone conversation with MRO-Network.com.

Böttger, who represents the Lufthansa Technik side of the 51%-49% split with GE, said the JV is also placing a great deal of focus on recruitment through its designated training center in Wroclaw, which it has invested around $16.6 million in and plans to extend.

“This process involves recruiting mechanics and putting them through a tailored 15-month training program at our training center,” he says. The process also involves ‘on-the-job’ training for the Xeos technicians at GE Aviation centers across the UK.

As it stands, Xeos already employs 86 people, a number set to grow to 100 by the end of the year. Eventually, it plans to employ around 600 people once at full capacity.

“On-the-job training is essential for exposing technicians to a real production environment and giving them the experience they need for engines like the GEnx-2B”, adds Stefan Schmuck, XEOS managing director of operations.

An in-depth view of the Xeos joint venture will feature in the December issue of Inside MRO.

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