Students and staff outside the Roofing/Timber Centre and Truss Plant.

Students put their trust in Huws Gray trusses

Published:  19 November, 2012

LLANGEFNI: Huws Gray hosted a crew of construction students from the Dolgellau campus of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor recently. The students spent a fascinating day at Huws Gray's Truss Rafter plant in Llangefni gaining a greater understanding of truss rafters and easy-joist manufacturing.

The visit, which was arranged by Huws Gray sales manager, Armon Williams, and Meirion Edwards from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Construction Department, saw the students benefit greatly as they are required to erect a truss roof and floor joists as part of their site carpentry course.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor tutor Meirion Edwards was impressed by the visit and was left wanting more as he said: "We would appreciate further visits to the site as we have recognised the benefits to the learners."

As well as the truss design and manufacture, a number of other carpentry elements were covered such as machining, grading and sourcing of timber - an issue of great importance to the students as sustainability is a core element in the learning. They also had an insight into the importance of planning deliveries to meet demands as well as how essential correct communication is whilst ordering.

"This field trip was very interesting as it showed us how truss rafters were built" was Aron Jones summary of the visit while Will Taylor felt it was "good insight on preparing cutters for moulding timber".

The highlight for Geraint Davies was "seeing how they fed the information into the computer to construct trusses" while Perry Morgan was very succinct when he stated simply: "Interesting trip. Good food!"

On behalf of Huws Gray, Armon Williams said: "We were delighted to be able to help the students gain a better insight and understanding of what we do, and the products we sell. While we are fully committed to training and developing our own staff, we also realise the importance of developing our relationship with Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, as well as with other colleges within the Llandrillo-Menai Group, in order to better-prepare our future skilled construction workers and customers of course."

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