The course aims to combine theory with the application of this theory through a series of structured industrial projects.
Early in the course, students in groups of about eight take part in an induction project in a company, mapping the flows of materials and information. The project teaches them how to gather and process information in a company, and how to generate and present a coherent picture, both as an oral presentation and as a written report.
Two week industrial project
In Michaelmas and Lent terms, students in groups of between two and four work in a company for periods of two weeks to solve a real problem. A staff member oversee the project and has regular contact with the students, and they have a supervisor in the company, but they are expected to be self-sufficient to a high degree.
Four week industrial project
In Lent term, students tackle a four week project. This is generally in a different sector to the two week project, and aims to enable the team to tackle a more substantial, often strategic, issue.
If you are a company and wish to know how you might be involved, please see our webpage on student projects.
Examples of recent short projects:
|Automotive Lighting, Cannock:||Improving manufacture of American lamps.|
|Dowty Aerospace, Gloucester:||Propeller integration rig.|
|Rolls Royce, Filton:||Machining turbine blades.|
|GKN Driveshafts, Walsall:||Material handling for new magnetic arc welding facility.|
|Furniture manufacturer, Sheffield:||Design for manufacture and assembly.|
|Domino, Bar Hill:||Assembly of commercial printers|
|MK Electric, Southend:||Automation feasibility study.|
|Delphi Diesel, Stonehouse:||Lean Enterprise scoping study.|
|Campbells, Kings Lynn:||Pie line improvement study.|
|Corus, Teeside:||Lubrication practice.|
|Bosch Garden Products, Stowmarket:||Manufacturing system for new lawnmower.|
|Golden Wonder, Market Harborough:||Business process redesign.|
|Linx Printing Technologies, St Ives:||e-commerce feasibility study.|
|Holotag, Cambridge Science Park||Analysis of competitors in Israel and Germany.|
|Dreamplan, Huntingdon||Internet marketing for home and office furniture.|
|PCME, St Ives:||Emissions monitoring for municipal waste incinerators.|
|Pi Group, Cambridge:||Market assessment for digital broadcasts.|