We get quite a lot of frequently asked questions at The JCB Academy and there are quite a few misconceptions about the academy, engineering and our partners.
If you do have a question that isn’t listed here please contact us.
Engineering covers many different types of activity.
- Engineers make things, they make things work and they make things work better
- Engineers use their creativity to design solutions to the world’s problems
- Engineers help build the future
Engineers work on a vast range of different areas that affect people. These include things such as advances in biomedical engineering like new materials for hip replacements or advanced prosthetics.
Engineers build the world around us including buildings, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. Engineers also manage our water, gas and electricity supplies and they also develop new ways to generate electricity such as wind and solar power.
Engineers make the food we eat and the medicines we take. They also develop new materials like high performance sports fabrics or new electronic displays.
Have a look at the our article on Engineering Careers by clicking here for more information
We teach a number of engineering subjects that all fit together into our 10-12 week challenge programme (we break the year into engineering challenge sections that have a specific point of learning).
For example, when learners arrive in Y10 they spend around eight weeks working alongside Harper Adams University studying steering systems, suspension systems and different chassis configurations. As part of this, and working in teams, learners go on to design and manufacture their own remote control, off road vehicle, using their learned knowledge.
The learners then work with employees from JCB, where they study many principles of engineering, how things work the way they do and how we keep them working through regular service. Learners then go on to researching basic hydraulics and pneumatics, electronics, gear ratios, etc.
We continue this throughout the learners time at the academy with some of our other corporate partners, this includes investigating engineering design with Rolls-Royce and engineering manufacture with Toyota. See our curriculum for further information on our subjects.