Competitions, international study trips and industrial work placements have kept an engineering student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) busy.
Richard Kenyon, has taken advantage of the range of opportunities available to him as part of his BEng (Hons) Robotics Engineering course. Since joining the University in 2010 he has visited China and spent a year working as an intern at a Robotics company.
The 23-year-old took part in cultural exchange trip to China having successfully represented UCLan in a British Council Prime Minister’s Initiative (PMI) funded project with Xiamen University of Technology.
Working in a team of four, Richard was asked to design a concept for a smart phone app suitable for the Chinese Market.
“This course has covers a wide range of subjects. Be sure to consider all of the available modules to find the ones which suit you best, and seriously consider an internship or a placement year.”
Commenting on the experience he said: “Winning the trip to Xiamen, China has been my greatest achievement at university. It was a fantastic experience and we met some wonderful people.
“We visited an electrical company who produce transformers and were given a tour of the city. The highlight was when we went to a large outdoor market and then spent the afternoon making dumplings.”
Richard took the chance to broaden his university experience further when he opted to undertake an industrial placement. He spent 11 months working for AA Robotics as a trainee Robotics Engineer in between his second and third year.
This role was predominantly software based but also involved electrical testing, connecting sensor systems and mechanically setting up industrial robots. Richard enjoyed being able to put his classroom theory into practice and his highlight was repairing machinery on site and seeing how they worked in an industrial environment.
“The placement year is useful as it allows you to gain practical skills and actually be able to produce systems, rather than having all theory and no ability to implement it. I gained a good understanding of how industrial robots are used and what typical industrial solutions to various problems and customer requirements are.”
Now completing the final year of his degree, Richard would advise other students to take advantage of the opportunities available to them.
He added: “This course has covers a wide range of subjects. Be sure to consider all of the available modules to find the ones which suit you best, and seriously consider an internship or a placement year.”