Plumpton College wins engineer competition

A team from Plumpton College, East Sussex, has won the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) Young Engineer Competition two years in a row.

A second team from Plumpton came third, while a team from Babcock International, the John Deere training provider, came second.

Seventeen teams entered the competition from further education colleges across the UK, battling to see which team could design and build a vehicle that could power its way up a curved ramp. The vehicle travelling the furthest up the ramp was the winner.

The event is part of IAgrE’s Raising the Profile of the industry campaign, designed to boost awareness among young engineers of the breadth and vibrancy of the agricultural engineering industry.

The event, sponsored by Autoguide Equipment and Bosch Rexroth, took place at the Aston Martin works at Newport Pagnell.

Aston Martin’s managing director Kingsley Riding-Felce commented: “With the very high cost of product development and technology, manufacturers now have higher expectations of their dealers than ever before. Machinery is becoming more and more sophisticated and in many cases the technicians are the only dealer or manufacturer representative a farmer will see.”

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