From the 4th to the 8th of March 2019, Confirm hosted 6 Transition Year students on a work placement with the centre.
The week was very well organised and was a great setup overall!
It was absolutely fantastic and I would even go so far as saying …life changing… he was enthralled by all he learned in one week. The nature of the programme, being so hands on, really appealed to him and he came home on Friday announcing that he will definitely be an engineer now.
The fact that I got to explore so much in Engineering was great
TY Placement Student
The purpose of the programme was to give the students an insight into the variety of STEM disciplines that contribute to smart manufacturing research with a focus on some of the key competency areas of Confirm.
The programme began by introducing the students to the manufacturing process and bringing them on a tour of the Machining Lab in the University to get them thinking about the more traditional, less automated methods of manufacturing, such as manual lathes. From here, the group began to explore concepts related to Smart Manufacturing through workshops on topics like Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Artificial Intelligence, Collaborative Robotics, Software Engineering, Virtual Reality etc. They also got the opportunity to look at other subject areas such as Aeronautical Engineering and Marine Robotics research.
During the week, the students conducted some research of their own. They wanted to measure levels of awareness of smart manufacturing and related concepts within the UL community. After much planning and discussion, the students designed a questionnaire and surveyed 60 people on campus. They then presented their findings to the operations team at Confirm! A summary of what they discovered can be seen below.