Budding engineers are once again taking part in the national Engineering Education Scheme, which sees them collaborating with professional engineering companies and engineers, working on a real life, industrial problem.
This year the world’s largest independent producer of Alternators, Mecc Alte, is mentoring two teams of Oakham students through the six-month project. One brief is to design and create a device or method to improve the production of heating and fixing the hub on the shaft of Alternators.
After much research the team is now working on their solution, which includes creating a special oven and a trolley to enable the process to be safer for the workers and they recently visited Loughborough University to use their facilities and equipment for testing purposes.
The other team are investigating whether the large windings from Mecc Alte’s alternators are correctly insulated. The engineer has admitted that it is a tricky problem involving in-depth physics and is impressed with the headway made so far.
Undergraduate Design and Engineering Fellow Miss Shubhi Mishra said, “I am very happy with the way their technical skills have been developing during the workshops. It is a great opportunity for our students to gain this extensive hands-on work experience.”
Oakham School has been involved with the Engineering Education Scheme for many years and previous designs have actually been made into reality.