Applied Engineering Facilities
The highly-regarded Engineering Department benefits from a number of specialist facilities including an off-road vehicle demonstration track, a purpose built indoor Soil Hall, well-equipped engineering workshops and a JCB Engineering Design Centre with the latest Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technology. We also maintain a wide-ranging fleet of machines and vehicles and have loan arrangements with engineering companies to ensure students have access to the latest technological developments. In addition to the largest covered field demonstration area in the UK, you will have access to the fields of the University Farm to give you experience in operational techniques.
A dedicated design room adjacent to the workshops is invaluable for final year project work, and a Z corporation 3D printer allows for rapid prototyping.
The approach to teaching at HAUC, and particularly for engineering courses, is a theoretical but applied approach. Students have lectures and then see the actual application of the theory in the workshops. The engineering block includes workshops dedicated to electronics and mechatronic, metal fabrication and vehicle and machine assembly and maintenance where students develop and manufacture their concepts for rough terrain machinery.
The large covered Soil Hall is unique to Harper Adams. Measuring 60m x 30m, the hall provides an excellent facility for carrying out practical demonstrations and research into the behaviour and performance of off-highway vehicles and field machinery without the influence of the weather. The covered field can be irrigated to change soil conditions, and provides an ideal environment for student project work and for commercial companies to carry out research and development work on their products.
Machinery Demonstration Hall
A machinery demonstration hall measuring 48m x 30m, which is attached to the soil hall, provides storage and demonstration facilities for off-highway and agricultural machines. Both the Soil and Machinery halls have been used by machinery firms for demonstrations of tractors and equipment to local farmers and dealers.
Off-road Vehicle Test Track
A great facility for demonstrating all sorts of off-road vehicles, this is also the site of the Skills Training Centre for students wishing to gain additional qualifications such as telehandler or tractor driving, offered as part of the Rural Skills Programme.
We also have the use of an adjacent 3ha field, which had been developed to provide a safe driving and demonstration area for students and companies. The field provides an all-weather surface for the operation of off-highway and agricultural machines and extends the facility provided by the covered Soil Hall and Machinery Demonstration Hall.