Empowering The Engineers Of The Future

Engineering students at UTC Sheffield have gained an insight into aircraft design, thanks to a project led by industry heavyweight Rolls-Royce.

Eighty students completing a technical engineering qualification were set a brief to design an optimised fuel pump that can refuel an aeroplane for landing. The aim of the six-month curriculum assignment was to develop the Year 10 students’ engineering and design skills through a real life work-based project.

Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce, which produces power systems for aircraft, ships and land vehicles, set the brief. Their staff and apprentices visited the UTC to lead some of the lessons. Learners had to meet the design specifications to deadline, and estimate project costs and they completed the project this term. They also had the chance to visit Rolls-Royce’s factory in Derby.

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “The input of employers into our curriculum underpins everything we do. We are delighted to work with Rolls-Royce so our students benefit from blending academic knowledge with technical expertise and skills development from leading industry experts.”

Alex Reynolds, Vice Principal, UTC Sheffield, added: “This project is all about injecting industrial relevance into students’ learning, and bringing engineering to life. It’s the kind of high-level assignment that degree students would complete. I am really impressed with the work that our students have produced.”

Nicola Swaney, Education Outreach Manager at Rolls-Royce plc, said “Rolls-Royce is pleased to support UTC Sheffield with our curriculum challenge based on a fuel pump, delivered by our early career graduate trainees and apprentices.

“We are supporting a number of university technology colleges near to our major UK sites, as we see engineering UTCs as a key source of future talent for our business and our supply chain.  Our work with them contributes to our target to reach six million people by 2020 with our STEM Education programmes and activities.”

UTC Sheffield, Matilda Street, Sheffield city centre, is the first institution of its kind in Yorkshire and the Humber, and specialises in creative and digital, and advanced engineering and manufacturing. It opened in September 2013.

Students complete traditional qualifications, including GCSEs and A Levels, in addition to a technical creative and digital or advanced engineering and manufacturing qualification. The catchment area for recruitment includes South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire.

Applications are being accepted for places starting in September 2015. Apply now by emailing admissions@utcsheffield.org.uk or calling 0114 2603970.

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