SERC students ‘Get the Edge’

SERC apprentice Jamie Donaldson from Lisburn who finished first place in turning category of the inter-college engineering competition.

SERC apprentice Jamie Donaldson from Lisburn who finished first place in turning category of the inter-college engineering competition.

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The South Eastern Regional College (SERC) held its second Inter Campus engineering skills competition which took place at the Lisburn Campus.

The one day competition which was organised by the mechanical engineering team was designed to test and challenge the ability of its students in in turning, fabrication and welding.

Apprentices from across the main campuses of the College tested their skills against each other. The aim of the competition was to challenge the students to manufacture components using industry based skills.

Apprentices Aodhan Quinn and Jamie Donaldson were celebrating when they beat off stiff competition from fellow apprentices to claim the welding and turning categories respectively. Apprentices John Lavelle and Niall Trainor took home top prize in fabrication and milling.

SERC Engineering lecturer Ivan Kelly said, “The students found the competition challenging but surprised themselves at how well they could do. Running this event takes hard work and the support of a lot of engineering staff to make the event run smoothly and credit must go to the team for making this a reality.”

At the presentation ceremony Ivan stated he was ‘very impressed’ by the standard of work produced and ‘how well the students handled the pressure.’

Ivan said: “We encourage the students to participate in all competitions, which will enhance their skills and knowledge. The Inter Campus competition contributes to the learning experience and improves the student’s confidence, while providing them the opportunity to test their skills against their college peers.”

The students were set a test project which took a day to complete. At the end of the competition their projects were judged and scored by SERC tutors. Marks were awarded for accurate measurements, overall quality of work produced, and ability to work within the timeframes, efficient use of resources and health and safety.

In announcing the winners, Ivan added his congratulations to all the students across the College who participated in the competition and thanked the dedicated staff for their hard work.

SERC provides a range of full and part-time courses designed to give students ‘the edge’. To find out how SERC can help you ‘get the edge’ call 0345 600 7555, visit www.serc.ac.uk or find us on Facebook, search: SERC.