Why do we need engineers?

Engineers are needed for everything we see and do…

The phone in your pocket, the computer, laptop or tablet you are looking at right now, the building you are currently in, the electrical system that provides power to the building….   all of these things, in fact everything that has ever been invented has been designed and built by engineers.

Why would I want a job in engineering?

There are lots of jobs, and people enjoy working in this sector…

The Royal Academy of Engineers estimates that the UK will need over 1 million new engineers in the near future, so there is lots of potential for employment.

People who work in engineering have very high job satisfaction.  If you become an engineer, you will enjoy your job!

There are many different areas of engineering you can work in and thousands of companies to work for, from small local engineering firms such as Olympus engineering near Etruria, to global companies like Rolls Royce in Derby.

You could stay in Stoke, or travel the world!


Why choose engineering as an option?

If you enjoy practical work, solving problems and working with others then engineering is a good option of you.

You will learn to use a wide range of tools and machines when you study engineering.

You will learn how engineers communicate with each other, through engineering drawings.

You will learn about engineering materials and processes used in manufacturing.

You will investigate exiting engineered products to find out how they were designed and manufactured.

You will learn about the different areas of engineering that you could go into, such as…

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

Structural engineering

Civil engineering

Automotive engineering

You will have opportunities to work with engineers and professionals who come into school from companies like Wickes.

You will learn skills from real trades-people and engineers.

The Greenpower  club is an engineering project that maintains and races the Haywood Flyer: A battery powered electric car.  The team for the last three years has been picked from students studying engineering.

Students work on the car after school and attend races at famous circuits across the UK, such as Silverstone.

The Haywood Flyer is officially  the 7th best kit car in the world! And we can do better!

(7th place in the kit car category at the international final 2019.)


What will you do if you choose engineering?

There are 3 units to complete on this course: 

Unit 1: Engineering Design: This is the designing unit.  You will analyse a range of existing engineered products and you will learn how engineers develop product specifications and solutions to engineering problems. You will also learn about presenting and communicating engineering information. 

Unit 2: Producing Engineered Products: This is the practical unit.  You will learn to use a range of workshop tools, machines and equipment to manufacture products. You will learn about the properties and uses for a range of engineering materials and you will also learn to read engineering information so you can make products to the required specifications.  

Unit 3: Solving Engineering Problems: This is the exam unit. You will learn about the materials, processes, maths and science that engineers use to solve problems. In solving problems, you will learn to follow a process and develop drawing skills to communicate your solutions. You will also investigate how engineering products have evolved over time, as new technologies are developed.

How will you be assessed?

Unit 1: For your assessment on this unit, you will produce a design proposal for a given engineering problem.  You will submit a short design portfolio that explains your design idea through drawings and notes.  This unit is worth 25% of your final grade.  

Unit 2: For your assessment on this unit, you will manufacture and quality assess a given product. You will need to show you can use a range of materials, tools, equipment and processes safely. You will produce a portfolio showing evidence of your production planning, practical work and quality checks.  This unit is worth 50% of your final grade. 

Unit 3: This unit is assessed through a written exam, which has short and long answer questions as well as drawing tasks. It is worth 25% of your final grade. 

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