I’ve worked for Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) for over 20 years and specifically on the Trent XWB for five. During that time, I have spent four years based here in the UK, working alongside my Rolls-Royce colleagues.
KHI provides the design, supply chain management and assembly of the intermediate pressure compressor (IPC) module for the engine. Each module is assembled at KHI, near Kobe in Japan, before being shipped here to the UK.
As part of the Engine Development Programme, it has been my responsibility to design the instrumentation that goes onto the engine that monitors temperature, pressure and vibration on the IPC module. Working with a small team, I have learned a lot of new techniques and had lots of support from my colleagues who have helped to make my stay in the UK memorable. I’m very proud to say that this is the first time that KHI has been involved in the instrumentation design, as well as the component design, and I’m pleased to say that it’s been a success.
It can be difficult to live on your own in a foreign country as I miss my family and in particular Japanese food. As the engine enters service with the A350 XWB, that is my signal to plan my return home sometime in spring 2015.