MTU Maintenance Canada’s introduction of V2500 engine services at its Richmond, British Columbia shop will be followed by a specialist test cell being installed by March 2018.
Helmut Neuper, president and CEO of MTU Maintenance Canada, told MRO-Network.com that the facility will predominantly serve the North American region, complimenting two other V2500 facilities in Germany and China, with main work orders anticipated to emanate from the partner network of the engine’s manufacturer, IAE.
Neuper says the project was completed in less than seven months after a letter of intent was first signed by MTU and Pratt & Whitney on May. 12 of this year.
The first V2500 engine arrived at the facility near Vancouver International Airport on Nov. 30 from an undisclosed airline customer.
In the ramp up phase, 45 MTU Maintenance Canada employees completed V2500 training in the company’s Hanover facility in three groups over a six-week period during the summer months. Administrative staff from operational planning and engineering departments also undertook process training around the V2500 in Hanover.
Neuper says its Hanover employees also visited Canada for sporadic periods in support of critical milestones throughout the project.
“To streamline communication and coordinate activities across locations, we established a “shadow team” at MTU Hanover, mirroring the V2500 project team in Vancouver,” he says. “This way, we established clear points of contact for each aspect of the project, ensuring an efficient flow of information and optimized transfer of knowledge whilst minimizing disruption of day-to-day operations at MTU Hanover.”
Alongside the ramp up in capabilities, Neuper anticipates further investment in staff. “As our current legacy programs will continue to decline, the majority of our staffing requirements will be filled through internal transition rather than external recruiting,” he says.