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Posted: 12/04/13

Engineering for the future

The wheels and machines will be in motion at West Nottinghamshire College next week as the engineering curriculum stages its own industry week for students.

Throughout the week (15-19 April) students and staff will be getting involved in activities and industry visits designed to help inspire the next generation of engineers.

Taking place at the college’s Acorn Way and Sovereign Way premises in Mansfield, students will have the opportunity to meet employers from the sector while discovering more about careers within mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and fabrication and welding.

On Tuesday (16 April) electrical and mechanical engineering students will be visiting Boots in Nottingham to learn more about maintenance engineering, followed by a visit to NSK, in Newark, to learn how they produce bearings for industry.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, motor vehicle students will be visiting Redfern Travel in Mansfield Woodhouse to see a modern bus company in operation.  Students will also be carrying out work placement in a highly-established modern workshop.

On Wednesday and Thursday (17 and 18 April) guest speakers will be coming to both sites to talk to students about engineering and motor vehicle careers.  Visiting companies include E.ON, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Classic Lifts, Nottingham Trams, Bloodhound, Marley Eternit and Boots.

Rolls Royce will be bringing their state-of-the-art demonstration lorry to the Sovereign Way site for students to look at the latest in engineering technologies.

Curriculum manager for engineering Roger Martin said: “We’re proud to offer the latest engineering skills to our students but industry week will further enrich their knowledge of the sector and introduce them to engineering specialists from a number of companies.

“We’re delighted that some of our students will also be going on work placements with businesses to give them an insight into real-life work environments.

“The range of activities we have lined up for students will help them to put their newly-developed skills into practice while having the opportunity to speak to professionals about future careers.”