Embracing Hands-On Learning: My Experience in ENG1064: Design & Component Production

Hey there, it’s Sylvia! Just a bit about me—I’m a first-year undergraduate student, studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Surrey. One of the things that really lights me up about my course is the hands-on approach we take. Let me give you a glimpse into one of the modules from my Semester 1.

Before we jump into the workshops, there’s a crucial step: gearing up with the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Safety is our top priority in engineering, and the school throws in a £25 voucher toward PPE gear. My total spend for PPE hit £20 after deducting from the amount of the voucher given, covering essentials like safety goggles, gloves, and protective clothing. It’s not just a purchase; it’s an investment in our safety and sets the stage for our hands-on learning adventure. I bought my gear from CCP Supplies, which is just a short walk away from university.

The Workshop Adventure:

ENG1064 is packed with five immersive sessions, each delving into a different aspect of mechanical design and component production:

Lathe: Here, we dove into turning operations using a lathe machine. From shaping cylindrical components to threading and facing, it’s a foundational skill for any mechanical engineer.

Mill: Next up was the mill session, where we learned the ins and outs of milling operations. Using milling machines, we crafted intricate shapes and contours in our components.

Fabrication (Toolbox): This session was an absolute blast and one of my personal favourite! We got hands-on with fabrication techniques using hand tools and power tools. From cutting and shaping materials to welding and soldering, we built and assembled components like pros.

CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing): In the CAM session, we ventured into the realm of computer-controlled manufacturing. Learning to program CNC machines, we automated component production with precision and efficiency.

Fitting: Fitting sessions were all about precision assembly and mechanical fitting. We honed our skills in putting components together flawlessly.

Throughout the course, we’re lucky to have expert technicians guiding us every step of the way. Their expertise ensured we not only mastered technical skills but also grasped the principles behind the processes.

ENG1064: Design & Component Production isn’t just a module; it’s a journey exploring deep into the heart of mechanical engineering. From mastering tools to crafting our own components, every moment is a testament to the power of hands-on learning. As I proudly showcase the finished products of my components, I’m reminded of the invaluable skills and experiences gained through this course. Here’s to the thrill of engineering and the boundless possibilities that lie ahead!

Stay tuned to discover more about the exciting world of mechanical engineering!