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UTC Reading students came second in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Craftsman Cup

Well done to Year 13 students James Carter and Luke Pond who were runners- up in the REME Craftsman Cup at the Ministry of Defence, Lyneham on 15 May.

Teams from across colleges up and down the country have been competing since September taking part in the inter-college REME challenge, working on projects faced by REME engineers on a daily basis.

REME gave participants a set of different problems to be faced and the chance to choose one of those to fix. The two UTC Reading students presented a project based on a MASTIFF, an armoured patrol vehicle. The issue was with the vehicle’s step that would sustain damage while the vehicle was moving due to minimal ground clearance.  This is problematic when the step sees regular use in intense situations.

James said, “We approached solving this problem by breaking it down. We then made CAD models, simulated parameters on the step, and we built a prototype which included a mechanical system to lift the step up.

“We compiled this a few months ago and presented our solution, which resulted in us being selected as finalists for UTC Reading. We then went back to the Ministry of Defence at Lyneham to present our solution to the REME and to compete with other colleges. Our solution gave us the second place overall, a great payoff for our work!”

Luke said, “For me, the project was very enjoyable as we were able to model, test and manufacture the step. I also found it to be a fantastic experience to practise our project based skills and gave us a new outlook on future projects.”

At UTC Reading, we are extremely proud of James and Luke and we want to say huge congratulations on this fantastic achievement!

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