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Young Engineers Show Their Mettle

Kudzaishe Chiwara, James Horne, Tom Newton and George McNie (year 12) have all demonstrated their skills as prospective Engineers in a 6 months industrial project with local company, Mettis Aerospace Ltd.  The students undertook a real-world Engineering project to design and manufacture a fixture to hold forged aircraft components while they were measured in a co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM).  Such was the success of the year 12’s design that the fixture is now being utilised in Mettis Aerospace to improve quality control process efficiency.

The project was part of the national ‘Engineering Education Scheme’ (EES) programme to provide students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.  During the project, the quartet spent two days using Loughborough University’s STEMLab facilities to draw detailed Engineering drawings and to manufacture a prototype.  At the same time the group gained valuable experience of CAD drawing, workshop practices and CNC machining.

The culmination of the students’ diligent work came recently when they demonstrated their final solution at the EES Celebration and Assessment Day in Solihull.  The students “did South proud” when they presented their work, manned their booth at the trade exhibition and fielded questions from an assessment panel of experienced Engineers.  One of the assessors took the trouble to point out how well our students had done both in their presentation and answering questions on their stand.

South are very fortunate to have a long standing relationship with Mettis Aerospace and are very grateful for their continuing support and, in particular, for Tom Reeves’ (South Bromsgrove alumni) guidance this year.