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English Electric came to the rescue

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 08, 2014

The dynamometer with some of its makers, RA Jones, JR Rhodes, C Perritt and B Richardson.

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THE link between Stafford College of Further Education and the Stafford-based English Electric proved worthwhile in 1969 when the college required three items of equipment.

Stafford College required equipment for use by engineering students - and who better to provide it than some of those who had been students and gone on to graduate in their chosen field of engineering.

English Electric's basic training officer Mr A T Valentine explained that making the equipment would serve as an introduction to industry for the 11 apprentices involved.

The apprentices were given three months in which to complete the task which included the following:

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A dynamometer for demonstrating the forces on lathe;

A hot air engine to demonstrate the principles of thermodynamics;

An electronic timing device.

It may seem so simple to today's engineering students but in 1969, the cost would have been nearly £6,000 and the English Electric students made equipment for around £300.

College principal Mr G F Gilmore was handed the three pieces of equipment and assured the graduates that they would be of use to students in the future.

He added: “These are very valuable things. "

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