MORE than 900 talented engineering students from Sheffield University were put on the spot as they pitched their brightest ideas to industry experts.
The week-long event, titled Engineering – You’re Hired!, was designed to help students obtain skills to make them highly employable engineers.
They were challenged to come up with innovative problem-solving ideas with the potential to transform the industrial world.
The budding inventors were set the task of coming up with a solution to a range of real engineering obstacles – including how to harness energy from the jet stream located 10km above the earth’s surface.
The teams worked with representatives from the university’s engineering faculty creating a professional project proposal before pitching it to a board of experts.
Daniel Everington, a 20-year-old aerospace engineering student, said: “Working with expert engineers from industry such as Siemens gave us a brilliant opportunity to find out about future careers and get a helpful insight into what challenges we may face.
“Taking part in an event like this is something which will be good for our CVs as it was a brilliant learning experience.”
Drawing inspiration from TV’s The Apprentice, the teams elected a different student project manager each day to detail their progress to their board members.
Andrew Maclean, a 27-year-old civil engineering student, said: “Facing the boardroom was daunting at first, but I think we handled it well and worked well together as a team.”
Mick Steeper, technology manager at Siemens Metals Technologies UK, who sat on the judging panel, said: “Industry benefits from participating in many ways.
“Our young staff members get training benefits as mentors and we deepen our ties with the university as a valued working partner.”