Some of Coleg Menai’s promising students put their design skills to the test on one of the last days of engineering at the college’s Bangor campus, before the whole department transferred to the new Engineering Centre in Llangefni over Christmas.

The group of 16 students took part in the Coleg Menai Computer Aided Design Competition 2018 in December. It was held just a week before the old engineering block, on Ffriddoedd Road, was emptied and the department transferred to the new Engineering Centre at Coleg Menai’s Llangefni campus on Anglesey.

Coleg Menai engineering lecturer Bryn Jones said: “The standard of work was very high. It is not everyday students get an opportunity to compete in such events with their peers.

“The world is a competitive place and it is important students are taken out of their comfort zone at times in order to prepare them for the real world.”

The first and second-year students had to complete two challenges, each within two hours. It involved digitally producing 3D parts and models, building an assembly out of those individual parts and producing an engineering drawing of a model.

Their work was judged by college staff as well as industry experts from Llanberis-based climbing equipment manufacturers DMM International.

17-year-old Joesph Harris, of Tregarth, took home a Fire 7 tablet after claiming first place in the advanced category, with 16-year-old Evangela Voma, of Bangor, coming in second.

As the top two winners, they will now both go on to represent Grŵp Llandrillo Menai in the Mechanical CAD Wales Skills Finals in Cardiff in January.

Bryn added: “It was pleasing to see the learners having the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of an industrial representative, enough so that the Head Designer from DMM praised the quality demonstrated on the day.”

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Photos – Joseph Harris, 17, of Tregarth won the top prize in the advanced category, and Evangela Voma, 16, of Bangor, claimed second.

(Top) The competing students with the judges outside Coleg Menai Bangor’s engineering block mural.