We're racing ahead!
September saw the launch of the UTC's innovative new BTEC Level 2 engineering qualification 'Performing Manufacturing Operations', based on producing an electric car....well, actually, two!
When David Bell, Assistant Vice Principal/Director of Engineering was planning the curriculum for 2018, he thought about how he could enhance the Level 2 qualifications on offer at the UTC to include as much project based learning as possible. He told us "this course really mimics the real world of work and provides so many opportunities for students to learn in the workshop. I really wanted to broaden the horizons of our students, beyond our main specialisms of engineering for the construction and medical sectors."
Open to a very limited number of students entering Year 12, and portfolio based, the course is one year in duration and facilitates the design, construct, testing and racing of a Formula 24+ electric car. Students must think about the sustainability element of how the vehicle is powered, and complete modules in: manufacturing operations; teamwork; producing moulded products; CNC manufacture; inspection and testing.
Hugely oversubscribed for 2018, the UTC will be extending the course to include two cohorts in September 2019.