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Engineering Taster Day

Engineering Taster Day

Date and Time:
Wed 22 Mar 2017, 13:00 - 16:00

You may attend one of the following taster sessions.

If you attend Civil and Structural Engineering (13:00) you will also be able to attend Medical Engineering (14:15).  

The sessions are:

Chemical Engineering

Start Time: 13:00

Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Chemical engineering is all about using processes to develop new and existing products. From the clothes we wear to the water we drink, much involves chemical engineering.

Within this session you will get hands-on experience with some of the chemical engineering ‘Unit Operations’ such as heat exchangers, reactors, sedimentation, fluidised beds, cooling towers and more. This taster will give you the opportunity to engage with equipment that is used in the chemical industry for the production of commodity goods and you will see how these Unit Operations are combined to form complete chemical plants.

You will also be able to discover more about what Chemical Engineering involves and what your job opportunities are.

Civil and Structural Engineering

Start Time: 13:00

Duration: 1 hour

A simply supported steel beam will be subjected to a concentrated load at the mid span or at the one-quarter span to show prospective students the relationship between load and deformation, load position and support reaction forces etc.

The test set-up includes a load rig, a 1000 kN hydraulic actuator, a steel beam, data logging systems, load cells, displacement transducers and associated equipment in the Heavy Structural and Material Laboratory.

This demonstrative test will help prospective students to recall and deepen the mechanical concepts that they obtained from studying Physics in secondary school and colleges. The demonstrative test promotes and stimulates students’ interest in civil and structural engineering.

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Start Time: 13:00

Duration: 2 hours

Mechanical Engineering is all about keeping modern life moving. Without mechanical engineering there would be no planes, trains and automobiles, no power generation, no waste water treatment. In other words, mechanical engineers have a major influence and impact on every aspect of our lives.

On this taster day you will experience some of methods of how mechanical engineers go about designing, testing and manufacturing products. As part of this day you will gain hands-on experience of manipulating material properties in order to produce products which have the necessary attributes for a particular application, through the use of forging and heat treatment.

The design of a screwdriver sets the scene for how a mechanical engineer produces something that doesn’t just ‘work’, it works very well and lasts. Although it seems a long step from a screwdriver to a modern car, the processes we cover in designing a quality screwdriver are the same as those used in the components of a top-class car – the result is a quality product with fitness for purpose, reliability and a long life.

Medical Engineering

Start Time: 14:15

Duration: 1 hour

Medical Engineering and Clinical Technology play major parts in modern healthcare systems and have a massive contribution towards the diagnosis of disease and the treatment of patients.

Medical Engineering and Clinical Technology disciplines run through the health service in various ways. They are responsible for many of the most successful surgical operations, such as replacement of diseased hip/knee/shoulder joints, various tissues, blocked arteries and other physical and cognitive impairments.

Our medical engineering and clinical technology students study core modules such as clinical biomechanics for analysing normal and abnormal human movements, tissue/cell engineering and wound repair for replacing diseased or injured organs such as skin, cartilage and bone, clinical signals, genomic coding, biomaterials, human biodynamics, design and manufacturing of surgical tools and medical diagnostic devices such as electrocardiography (ECG), pacemakers, heart rate monitoring and oxyhaemoglobin devices, etc.

Our students will be able to evaluate human physiological performance by using various gold standard diagnostic devices such as the Patient Monitor, EMG, ECG, Blood Pressure, Spirometer (lung function), and analysis of skin and human body composition such as body mass index (BMI), % body fat, etc, using bioelectrical impedance analysis and techniques.


If you're booking your own place, choose the subjects you're interested in by clicking the link below and you'll be able to select the sessions you want to attend on the next step.

We welcome bookings from school and college groups - use the link below to book the sessions you're interested in.

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