Young engineers design their futures at world class technology centre

Young engineers design their futures at world class technology centre

Date: Tuesday 17 July 2018

News Young engineers design their futures at world class technology centre

Young engineers design their futures at world class technology centre

Forty future engineers attended the Design, Programming and Robotics Smallpeice Trust residential course, sponsored by The Manufacturing Technology Centre (The MTC) and supported by SolidWorks®. The engineering experience took place at The MTC in Coventry, from 2nd – 5th July 2018. All students, aged 16 and 17 (Year 12) worked on a series of design-and-build projects that introduced them to exciting areas such as naval architecture, ship design and off-shore construction.


Working at the world class technology centre, the young engineers explored the world of Computer Aided Design (CAD) - using the SolidWorks® programme, to design components which were then 3D printed and attached to their rowboats. Students learned about modern manufacturing techniques and coding, while working in teams to develop a prototype robotic rowboat. The rowboats were tested in open waters at the MTC where they were competing against the blazing hot sun, as well as their fellow engineers.


Students also had a tour of The MTC state-of-the-art workshop and took part in a career pathways networking event, to discover the role of cutting-edge marine technology in the workplace. Professional engineers gave insight into their industries, giving students a greater understanding of the roles they undertake and the wide range of career prospects that are available.


Robotics & Autonomous Systems Research Engineer, Gurpreet Ghataore said


“The MTC strongly believes in promoting STEM and inspiring the next generation of engineers. It was a great pleasure to spend 4 days working with the talented students on the course and see them develop their skills”

The residential engineering course was run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of courses and STEM days designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. For further information visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 333200.


New high spec equipment and software for research projects is continually coming into the business. This gives many training opportunities and with work being so varied I don't think I would ever have the opportunity to get bored at the MTC. The MTC is also very determined to progress engineers to chartered status. This supports my development but also awards me with an internationally recognised qualification.
Mehul Parmar
MTC Assembly Systems