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ENGINEERING BUZZING AT HARPER ADAMS

Posted 20 February 2004

During a recent open day at Harper Adams University College prospective engineering students were introduced to the new range of Agricultural Engineering, Off-Road Vehicle Design and Engineering Design degree courses. As the UK’s only specialist Higher Education centre for this type of Engineering course, the Shropshire college also advised youngsters on HND courses and the new Foundation Degree courses.

During the event on February 18, potential engineers watched and took part in dynamic demonstrations of the latest off road machinery. They visited the new state of the art Bamford Design Centre (sponsored by JCB), tested the ‘Rough Terrain Test Facilities’ and visited the engineering workshops.

One of the highlights of the day was a ride in a Piranha, supplied by Telford-based Alvis. The light-armoured 8x8 is designed to meet the rigorous demands of the modern battlefield. Its compact design offers transport by air, truck and landing craft, making it ideal for rapid deployment roles, while its low profile and all terrain agility provide a high level of survivability.

Organisers hailed the day a success, while students said it gave them a real buzz of anticipation at the prospect of working in such an exciting and diverse industry.

Geoff Wakeham, Principal Engineering Lecturer, said: “Industrial support for the Harper Adams’ courses continues to be strong and is a vital ingredient in the University College’s success. This help comes in the practical form of support for projects and the placement of students during their industrial training year. However, sponsorship, grants and the regular loan of the latest machinery are just some of the other ways in which industrial links improve the total learning experience for students. For instance, Alvis, which has a long association with Harper Adams, offers not just practical help but advice and technical support.”

The next Engineering Open Day at Harper Adams is scheduled for Friday, 14th May. This event is aimed at sixteen to eighteen year olds who are keen to become qualified to be involved with companies such as Alvis, GKN, Caterpillar, CASE, New Holland, JCB, John Deere, Burgesses and McConnell.

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