ASPIRING engineers from The Sixth Form College, Solihull have been teaming up with local business Aero Engine Controls on a real-world engineering project, with the aid of the Engineering Education Scheme England (EESE).
Engineers from Aero Engine Controls worked with a group of four students on a prototyping project. The team consisted of students Jaime Fowler, Alex Lanham, Callum Jewell and Lewis Paxton-Fear, who worked with company engineers to create an inventory system to help keep track of equipment they loaned out to employees.
Aero Engine Controls is owned by Rolls Royce engines and has been a part of this scheme for several years. The team of students were presented with this production problem and encouraged to think creatively to solve problems.
Student Jaime Fowler said: “The old system being used was a whiteboard, on which the employees wrote the equipment they had taken out and their contact data.
“The biggest issue with this system was that only a certain number of records could fit onto the whiteboard. We split into two teams (electronics and software) to create a database and barcode scanner as the new system. I was on the electronics team and aimed to improve my knowledge of electronics.”
The students showed off their work at the West Midlands Celebration Day at Cranmore Park recently. The team are in the process of applying for the prestigious British Science Association Gold Crest Award. The celebration and assessment day saw more than 200 students presenting their findings on engineering projects with local firms to the judging panels of engineers from a range of firms.