Nicholas — I am a Learning Coach and Technician at Bicester Motorsports, part of the Banbury and Bicester College
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
We educate engineers, and Motorsports is a hugely demanding field of engineering. 3D printing and miniature robotics, light weight alloys and new smart materials are set to revolutionise the engineering world in the coming years, and some of the people that make that happen will learn their trade here.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
It is hard to predict, but in a world in which 3D printing and construction using light weight materials and portable tiny robotics are common would allow innovations we have not yet dreamt of. Fuel consumption will most likely reduce as cars and machinery become more efficient and increasingly reliant on sustainable fuel sources.
What is your biggest goal right now?
We are looking to have all of our students and staff trained on our new Makerbot printer, and on the SolidWorks software we train all of our students on. We are hoping this will encourage our students to design more complex designs and experiment for their final projects, and inspire a new generation of engineers.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
We are always on the look out for new engineers and natural designers to come and learn the basic skills they would need in Motorsport and precision engineering. We need people who are creative, manually capable, punctual and have the ability to work in a team for the benefit of all.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
Bicester Motorsports is a Motorsports College, we have existed for a long time now and have some really good links with Industry. Our students go on to work in Formula 1, Rally and other subsidiary industries that supply motorsports more generally. We train them in all the cutting edge processes used in motorsports.
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