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Students get a taste of the Simulated Work Environment

Last week a number of GPUTC students went off to Caterpillar Perkins for a team-building activity focused on production processes.

The students experienced Perkins’ unique Simulated Work Environment (SWE) which offered them an insight into engineering and manufacturing.

With an early start of 7.10am (during school holidays!) our students and staff were kitted out with their PPE – steel toe caps included – and then followed some Tai Chi to warm up. The SWE consisted of a closed loop conveyor system made up of two powered roller conveyors and two non-powered conveyors. The SWE is intended to simulate a vehicle assembly process, allowing the learner to practise using Caterpillar Production System principles. By working in small teams and communicating with each other our students managed to pull off an efficient vehicle assembly process.

Our students warming up with a spot of Tai Chi before starting the day

Will, who will be joining us this September in year 12, had this to say about the day:

"I was very excited to get an opportunity to visit the Perkins factory, especially as I have already seen their engines in use elsewhere. I liked working on a simulated construction line and figuring out different methods of organisation to make the line flow more efficiently. I really enjoyed my day, meeting other students, learning to work in a team & experiencing a day as an engineer."

Greater Peterborough UTC is still accepting applications for entry into Year 10 or Year 12 for September 2016. Visit us at a weekly Drop in Monday to find out more about us or Apply here.