by Thomas Grainer
Last academic year we took part in the Engineering and Education Scheme which is used to give aspiring engineering students an insight into this field as a career. Our group worked alongside Ansaldo NES, a local company dealing with the decommissioning of nuclear silos. We met some of the engineers who gave us a live brief to design a remote rope deployment system for the extraction of nuclear waste which we then set out to complete.
The Scheme included a residential at Birmingham University’s Engineering Department where we produced a working prototype of our concept. Whilst at the University we were also able to get a taste of what life after school is like through attending some lectures on campus.
In late April we went to the EES “celebration day” where all the schools on the scheme showcase what they have been working on, as well as presenting to a board of independent engineers. During this event all 83 schools attended and our project came was awarded first place. As well as receiving the Gold Crest Award for completing the scheme, our group won a trip to JCB.
During the tour around JCB we first watched a presentation about the history about the company, what they are most well-known for and their main company values. We also visited the onsite museum learning how Mr Joseph Cyril Bamford first started building tipper trailers before branching out into excavators, tractors and even military vehicles.
The whole Engineering scheme experience was really valuable and our thanks go to the DT department for their support throughout the whole year.
Ansaldo Nuclear Engineering Services Limited
Project: Remote Rope Deployment System
Students: Tom Aston, Henry Brueton, Tom Grainger, Frances Hopson, Dhillan Kumar-Kauldhar