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8th May 2017

Engineering students at York College are getting in the mood for summer having designed and built barbeques in a variety of styles as part of their first year A Level Engineering studies.


Bringing their 3D Computer Aided Designs (CAD) to life, their portable barbeques range from every day family BBQs to BBQs for festivals goers or off road campers, using newly developed SolidWorks and sheet metal fabrication skills. The students have also customised the barbeques, giving them individuality; some being able to collapse and be carried, whilst others have food preparation areas, removable coal trays and other individual finishes.

A Level Engineering student Rosie Bonser, formerly of Huntington School, produced a suitcase-like BBQ, designed to fit a car boot. Perfect for camping or festival use, with two trays for grilling and a tray for utensils, it caters for a large gathering of people. Rosie is excited to be starting a Plating Apprentice programme with Severfield in September. She says: “I can’t wait to start the apprenticeship because it is exactly what I want to do. I am dyslexic and prefer to be practical – I like to think with my hands.”

Rosie Bonser - bbq design A Level engineeringWEB

Whereas Lloyd Heppell, formerly of York High School, has made a picnic basket style BBQ. He says: “I wanted to make something simple and creative. It’s a compact black box that does the job – I know because I’ve cooked sausages on it and they tasted great.” Lloyd is continuing his A Levels in Engineering, Business and Media next year and would like to secure an engineering apprenticeship with Network Rail.

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Lisa Wheeler, Head of Engineering at York College said: “This has been such a great project for developing a vast range of skills, which our young engineers will need in the future. Alongside their engineering skills, they have used their abilities to research and problem solve. They have also been creative in understanding materials, processes and evaluation. The project demanded their organisation and time management skills as well as a need to demonstrate stamina and commitment. Importantly designing and building the barbeques has stretched the students’ thinking skills and given them the confidence to solve problems.”

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