POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College has received a $50,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority to support Rolls-Royce at Stennis Space Center.
The grant is being administered by Workforce Education at PRCC.
“Rolls-Royce is doubling their test capacity for their jet engines at Stennis Space Center,” said Troy Teadt, PRCC workforce liaison. “They’re going to be adding approximately 40 new positions out there. We’re assisting them in their expansion to conduct and support the training they need for their new employees.”
The funds are used to send new employees to a training center in Columbus, Ohio; the company’s main test facility in Derby, England; or to training at Stennis, he said.
Rolls-Royce North America opened its first engine test site outside of the United Kingdom at Stennis in 2007 and completed a second test stand in the fall of 2013.
The new jet engine test stand will play a key role in the company’s development of next generation technology that will make important advancements in improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, according to the company’s website.
The site conducts noise, crosswind, endurance and other tests on the latest Rolls-Royce civil aircraft engines. The engines include the Trent 1000 that powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Trent XWB that powers the Airbus A350 XWB.
The company employs more than 150 people at Stennis and at Rolls-Royce Marine Propeller and Waterjet Foundry in Pascagoula, where it machines, manufactures, tests and repairs propellers for the US Navy and Coast Guard. The company also operates a defense regional field office at Naval Air Station Meridian.
The expansion offers jobs for test operators and supervisors along with forklift and man lift operators, Teadt said.
“Everything from the very technical to the support people,” he said.
For more information about jobs with Rolls-Royce, go to www.rolls-royce.com and click on the careers tab.