GC students reach WorldSkills Engineering final
Gloucestershire College is thrilled to announce that three of its Engineering students will be representing the College at the final of WorldSkills UK, the annual competition that challenges students by testing their Industrial Electronics skills.
On Friday 29 May, Gloucestershire College hosted the regional heat for the WorldSkills UK Industrial Electronics competition; welcoming 10 candidates from across the country to compete for the final.
Gloucestershire College student 27-year-old Steve Benfield from Cheltenham knows the toughness of the competition as this will be his second time competing in a WorldSkills UK final. 21-year-old Matthew Reynolds from Cirencester and 19-year-old Harry Morley-Wint from Gloucester, who have just completed their Level 3 Diplomas in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, were also successful and will continue to the finals in November.
There were four tasks to carry out, all of which challenged the students on the knowledge, understanding and techniques they have learned using the industry-standard facilities available at the College.
The first task was to assemble an electronic circuit. This included recognising assembly drawings, circuit diagrams, soldering techniques, assembly techniques and component recognition. The task had a time limit of two hours, so things got quite tough.
The second task was a basic electronic theoretical paper; this lasted for an hour and challenged the students on their knowledge of electronic principle.
The third task was to use a computer generated drawing and then build, test and carry out measurements using a range of equipment; again lasting two hours.
The final task was to test out some analysis on a C Programming sheet. The competitors found this very difficult. All in all an exhausting day for competitors and judges alike… but thoroughly worthwhile.
Engineering Lecturer, Debbie Lowen, said: “It is such a prestigious event and an accolade to have three finalists representing the College.
“The benefits of competing in WorldSkills are extraordinary. The students gain confidence, meet others from the sector, learn different skills and techniques, and also gain recognition which will take them further throughout their careers.”
Within the engineering sector this is the Olympic Games for colleges so hopefully these students will inspire a generation of future Electronic Engineers when they go for gold at the NEC in November. We wish the finalists the best of luck.
For more information about Engineering courses at Gloucestershire College, including the new higher apprenticeships, watch GC The Movie at www.gloscol.ac.uk/engineering or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.
Written by Joe Bulled from Chosen Hill School.