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James rides in a tank during his time at BAE Systems in Telford.

James rides in a tank during his time at BAE Systems in Telford.

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Woldgate College student James had a great day at BAE Systems in Telford where he experienced firsthand what an engineering company is all about.

James, along with six other pupils, was given a tour of the Telford site and experienced what it was like inside a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. He then had a ride in the commander’s position of a Desert Warrior vehicle and experienced our virtual reality centre, where we do fast prototyping and systems engineering.

He also sat with one of our mechanical designers and systems engineers to design a 3D object (a key ring) using Computer Aided Design.

This design was then printed on our 3D printer and the keyrings were then given to all seven pupiils attending on the day.

James also spent time with one of our software engineers examining how 3D models are created in software and then had the opportunity to view those objects using the Oculus Rift 3D immersive headsets.

Our engineering graduates and apprentices presented their own experience of moving from education into the world of work; from school into secondary education, training or university and into the jobs that they do now.

There was an opportunity for questions and answers which included the opportunity to discuss subjects and grades required for engineering.