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03 October 2017

Student engineering project helps Rupert the retired greyhound

Tutor Luke Bazeley with students Edward Hosken, Jago Roberts, Zbigniew Lipinski, Bradley Morris and, of course, Rupert the Greyhound.
Engineering Students at Cornwall College have helped a retired greyhound called Rupert, who was struggling to walk due to chronic arthritis in his back legs.

Pulling together under the guidance of engineering lecturer Luke Bazeley, the students turned what was a hopeful call from a worried dog owner into a real-life engineering project.

As part of their training to be engineers of the future, students at Cornwall College’s engineering department try to solve real-life problems when devising projects for their BTEC level 3 CNC unit. When the call came, they set out to design and manufacture a special harness from aluminium, titanium and carbon fibre, making use of the XYZ Machine Tools in the college workshop along with Mastercam software.

Says Bazeley: “This call was opportune and the whole class became involved in the project. We created an integrated team with varying roles to simulate a real engineering environment, with students switching roles throughout the project to gain as much experience as possible.”

As a result of the efforts of the students at Cornwall College, Rupert now has improved mobility and his quality of life is vastly improved.

Adds Bazeley: “This is just one of many projects that we have taken on here at the college and is a great example of how we develop students not only in their engineering skills, but also teamwork and social responsibility. We see it as vital that they gain problem solving skills while working under pressure and pulling together as a group to deliver the end result.”

Adam Offord

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