January 22, 2014, Rybinsk January 21 saw the start of training for the first two groups of specialists at companies in the innovative territorial cluster Gas Turbine and engine construction in the Yaroslavl region in the context of the international educational program Managing high-tech production. The start group is composed of a number of top managers and specialists from NPO Saturn, as well as teachers from the cluster’s foundational university — the Rybinsk State Aviation Technical University (RGATU).
The program is based on standards from the international non-commercial educational organization APICS, which implements projects in standardization and certification for specialists in the area of operational production management. The training is set up along principles of dual education. The theoretical preparation is provided by MGCM University, and the practical part is implemented at NPO Saturn production facilities with the participation of specialists from Snecma (France). In this way, the specialists at the companies in the division of civil engines and in the innovative territorial cluster get both theoretical knowledge of managing supply chains in the air and space industry, as well as the best informal practices from Snecma (Safran Group) — one of the world leaders in engine-building.
This educational program is the result of implementing international agreements on founding training programs for the center training engineers and management staff for UEC’s division of civil aviation based on the educational establishment at the innovative territorial cluster Gas turbine and engine building in the Yaroslavl region, as signed by the following organizations — the cluster coordinator NPO Saturn, represented by managing director Ilya Fedorov, the MGCM University represented by president Anandi Rua and RGATU represented by rector Valery Poletaev with support from the government of the Yaroslavl region represented by Yaroslavl governor Sergei Yastrebov, during the course of the Moscow Air and Space Show held in August 2013 in the city of Zhukovsk.
RGATU rector Valery Poletaev noted that “international cooperation is a new stage in the university’s development. The regional constituent of the educational program RGATU is aimed at developing the cluster Gas Turbine and engine building. NPO Saturn lives by international standards, and now we are also changing our profile. We are grateful to the company for the initiative to bring the university up a new level of quality. Cooperation with MGCM University and specialists from Snecma under Saturn’s project will also allow us to implement best global practice in the university’s educational environment, preparing specialists that are up to NPO Saturn’s level.”
President of MGCM University (an international certification partner of APICS) Anandi Rua: “MGCM is proud of the fact that we have been chosen as NPO Saturn’s partner. We have a quite original approach to training. It combines well-known world knowledge and project management. This training course is based on Saturn’s real needs at the present time. My visit to NPO Saturn made quite an impression on me. The company has all the opportunities to develop a project on Supply Chain Management. The most important thing that I noticed was the desire and readiness of people to change, to implement this project, and the 100% participation in this process from the company’s top managers.”
MGCM teacher Rene Kolin (40 years of experience working with leading European air and space companies): “In order to be able to fulfil client expectations and deliver his engines on time, you must precisely synchronise production of parts and components. We cannot afford to be late. I consider this training very important and I see its main aim as teaching producers how to do what the client wants, deliver the product of the right quality, and better organize the company’s capabilities by means of effective planning.”
Director for innovative development at NPO Saturn, Dmitri Ivanov: “The courses were developed in the context of creating a new training center for UEC’s division of civil aviation and developing competencies at the cluster Gas turbine and engine-building in the Yaroslavl region. All the specialists at the end of the course will receive diplomas on their new qualifications and the opportunity to undergo certification on international standards. It is important that the university teachers are actively attracted to this process, in this way we are erasing the boundary between educational establishments and production. A person must constantly learn, improve himself, and acquire new competencies. The implementation of this project on the supply chains will be the number one priority among the changes happening at Saturn. The training affects all departments within the company. Further, we will begin disseminating this knowledge throughout the companies that are in the cluster and in the civil aviation division. In this way, we will create an international-class supply chain which will be able to communicate in the same language, will possess the best practices, will help us build efficient internal business processes and fulfil clients’ orders for high-quality engines on time.”
NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in the development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, electrical generating and gas transport facilities, and military and civil marine vessels. It is a part of the Russian Industrialists Union, the Yaroslavl regional department of which is headed by NPO Saturn managing director I. N. Fedorov.
NPO Saturn is a part of the United Engine Corporation and is the head of the Engines for Civil Aviation division, a UEC business unit founded 09.12.2012 and comprised of NPO Saturn, Aviadvigatel, PMZ, Metallist-PM, Energetik-PM, REMOS-PM, Motorservice-PM, and Zheleznedorozhnik-PM.
United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. UEC includes more than 85% of leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and servicing of gas turbine technology, as well as key companies selectors of the industry. One of UEC’s priorities is implementing comprehensive development programs for the industry with new technologies meeting international standards
OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies, founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC) and other assets.
Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations and includes 8 holdings in the military-industrial complex, and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent regions of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2012 turnover 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels.