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30 April 2015

Mott MacDonald and University Technical College Cambridge launch first engineering Challenge Project, UK

Mott MacDonald and University Technical College (UTC) Cambridge are challenging 60 Year 10 students to consider what is required in the planning of a major engineering project.

The nine-week challenge looks at what is involved in developing a new hydropower scheme. Students will examine the project framework, including the roles of both designers and contractors and also investigate where design consultants such as Mott MacDonald fit. Planning requirements will be considered, while students will study the advantages and disadvantages of hydropower compared to other alternative energy sources. Case studies will be used by the students to support their research.

Mott MacDonald will mentor the students one day a week during the course of the project, enabling them to learn about the range of skills and diverse knowledge that is required to develop leading-edge engineering projects. There will also be a number of field trips organised to allow the students to test some of the basic principles they have learnt.

James Harris, managing director of Mott MacDonald’s water and environment business based in Cambridge, said: “We are committed to introducing students to the profession and inspiring the next generation of engineers. Our graduates have established a programme that means they get involved with local schools and colleges, helping to support a greater understanding of the value of an engineering career. We are delighted to have formed this new relationship with UTC Cambridge, particularly having been instrumental in delivering their new state-of-the-art building.”

Melanie Radford, principal of UTC Cambridge, added: “UTC Cambridge is very pleased to have developed this Challenge Project with Mott MacDonald. One of our key objectives is to offer 14-19 year olds the chance to combine academic subjects with technical and practical expertise in areas such as engineering, which is seen as essential in supporting the UK’s future economic growth. This initiative will provide insight into the significant career opportunities available to our Year 10 students.”

At the end of the nine-week challenge the students will present their conclusions to a team of Mott MacDonald’s senior managers and UTC Cambridge lecturers, followed by a prize-giving ceremony for the best presentations.

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