Second year BTEC Engineering students visited The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset to understand the engineering behind the workings of a real tank.
The museum has an impressive collection of over 300 vehicles that have seen action in all of the major wars of the 20th Century. It includes the only working example of a German Tiger 1 tank and the world’s oldest surviving combat tank.
The students were given a tour of the Vehicle Conservation Centre (VCC) and had the opportunity to look around the various workshops.
The visit covered many aspects of engineering from electrical through to mechanical plus many specialist areas. In addition, the students were able to see all the different exhibits including The Tank Factory which looks at the process from design to manufacture.
A highlight of the visit was to sit in a Chieftain tank and see first-hand what it’s actually like to command a tank and understand the engineering behind the workings of a real tank.
Student Charlie Silver, said: “My favourite part was when we got to sit in the Chieftain tank and learn how it was controlled.”
Student William Long, added: “I really enjoyed our visit to the Tank Museum. The tour around the VVC was very interesting.”