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.