In the second blog in this series about the Engineering Practice module, Mechanical Engineering students Jake, Valentin, Edward, Connor and Isabel from Group 15 tell us about their experience, and how they developed and enhanced their skills individually and as a group which will now help them in their professional futures.
Engineering Without Borders project
For our Engineers Without Borders project (EWB), we were tasked with creating a solution for one of the many issues that are preventing Govan from being a high-functioning economic city in Glasgow. As a group, we noticed that there was a lack of initiative in managing waste disposal in Govan and decided that this would be the issue we focused on. By focusing on this particular issue, we would have helped tackle some of the Sustainable Development Goals such as: life below water, clean water and sanitation, and sustainable cities and communities. The final solution that we designed as a group was a gantry system that would collect the waste flowing in one of the rivers to be disposed of properly. The group’s work led to a first-class output and poster.
In this particular module, we were able to simultaneously develop and enhance many skills individually and as a group. Given that this was a group task, we were able to grow our unique collaboration and communication skills due to the much-needed group work. However, we were additionally able to develop our personal self-management skills as we often delegated individual tasks to each other.
Rocket car competition
This project gave us insight and experience into what participating in engineering projects would be like in future careers and settings. We as a group were able to participate in the engineering and design processes as well as personally taking on these opportunities and enhancing and identifying areas in which we find we needed to be more confident and areas in which we could aid our group members.
We are grateful to our Personal Acadmic Tutors and Dr Angad Panesar for being available to help us answer questions that came up during our research and for giving us feedback on how to improve our skills as well as develop our project. Our PATs and Angad gave us the opportunity and materials to establish ourselves as engineers and take away integral skills and experiences that will help us in the future.