The candidates for this year’s Engineering Education Scheme have been selected with each team joining up with professionals to conquer engineering problems in different industries. Civil engineers MGWSP who design and implement road improvement schemes are mentoring one team, while representatives from Benteler Automotive, a company that supplies welded components to the car industry, are leading the other.
Conor Lewis, Kiran Joshi, Tho-Quang Nyugen, Molly Beeby and George Robinson are working alongside mentors Frank Trott and Nigel Clarke from Benteler Automotive.
Mr Trott said: ‘We are trying to develop a method of capturing data off our shop floor so we can use that data to drive decision making. We are looking at data that comes from the end of our process, such as whether a weld is good or bad and what its length is. It is creating a tool that allows us to make a decision that then allows us to report whether a part or a process is good or bad. It is a continuation of the project we did with a team here last year. Then we concentrated more on the hardware side and this year we want to focus on the software.’
The second team comprises Lauren Leer, Rheneas Chudley, Ben Mayers, Arthur Cunningham and Immanuel Kuveya. Their mentor is Liam Bourne from MGWSP. Liam, who is a senior engineer for major projects and design highways, said: ‘The students are going to be working on a ‘Safer Routes to School’ scheme. They will try and identify the issues around a school in Brigstock, see if there are any then come up with proposals and design solutions around any problems that we identify.’
Teams from Brooke Weston have been taking part in the Engineering Education Scheme for years. They typically spend over 100 hours on the project each, take part in a three day residential and have to present their design ideas to industry professionals at a Celebration Day in spring next year.