On 15 June 2017, a group of students from Swavesey Village College visited Volvo Construction Equipment in Duxford as the final part of their project that saw them design and build a model excavator arm with moving parts.
Adrian Collen, Technical Support Manager for Excavators at Volvo CE, maintains a long-standing relationship between Volvo and Swavesey Village College and visited the school along with Mark Armsworth, Volvo CE’s Technical Training Manager to set the latest challenge. Adrian says, “This year we asked students to build a working excavator arm with moving parts. They were asked to carry out research to find out what components would be needed for this and were told that extra points would be given for their innovative ideas.”
The project culminated in a visit to Volvo Constructions Equipment’s headquarters in Duxford, Cambridge, where they brought their models along for judging. The students were given a walk around three excavators and were encouraged to ask Volvo staff questions about each machine in order to complete a quiz. They were then given the opportunity to drive an excavator and hauler on the Volvo simulators before being given a tour of the facilities including the workshop, training centre and warehouse.
The students’ models were judged by Volvo’s technical experts who assessed the quality of workmanship and the level of innovation demonstrated in their creations in addition to presentations the students used to explain the features, benefits and ideas behind their designs. Runners up were Lucas Hemington, David Turner and Lewis Gladwell who were each presented with a die-cast Volvo model. The winners were presented with a LEGO Technic model, and they were Mervin Justin and Daniel Shaji.
The quiz was won by Luke Whistler, and Louis Alderton was awarded Best Driver on the Volvo simulators.
Mark Bennett, Head of Design and Technology at Swavesey Village College, says: “It’s been great to see this partnership between Swavesey Village College and Volvo Construction Equipment continue and develop. The students have had a great experience at Volvo, especially getting a chance to sit in and explore their machines and drive them in a safe environment on the simulators. I would like to thank the Volvo Team, especially Adrian and Mark for organising the tour, quiz and talks that took place. The students learned a lot and it has opened their eyes to the practical and business side of engineering. Congratulations to all the winners, and to all students taking part who so proudly presented their projects to Volvo’s representatives.”
Volvo Construction Equipment markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.
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