November 7th, 2017 | Company News
Laser Quantum teams up with Manchester High School for Girls
Laser Quantum has teamed up for the third time with Manchester High School for Girls to undertake a project as part of the Engineering Education Scheme (EES).
The EES is a 6 month Engineering Development Trust Programme which links teams of four Year 12 students and their teacher with local companies where they work on real, scientific, engineering and technology projects.
Four pupils and their teacher, Mr Paul McDaid, visited Laser Quantum on October 31st for the afternoon as an introduction to the project. During their visit, they met with Sarah Swales, a Laser Production Engineer who will be working alongside the girls during the project. They also met Group HR manager Dr. Andy Charlton, New Product Introductions manager Dr. Daniel Coleman and Lead Electronics Engineer and Health & Safety Officer John Wright. After a health and safety briefing and a presentation about Laser Quantum, the girls were taken to the laboratory to witness the laser production process first hand.
Sarah demonstrated the duties required for her role on a day-to-day basis, including the process of securing the components of a laser. This was particularly useful as the girls are considering an investigation of ‘the reliability of the screws used and how different torque settings affect the forces on the screws.’ The afternoon ended with a discussion about the project as a whole and the first steps to take. The girls were very enthusiastic and asked a lot of questions, eager to get started! The project is both challenging and fun, providing an insight into how physics and engineering are used to solve problems faced by organisations such as Laser Quantum.
From Left to Right: India, Anoushka, Cherry and Chloe.