THE ADVANCED Manufacturing and Engineering Centre (HAMEC) is a newly built addition to the facilities at Harlow College.

A total of £11 million has been spent to ensure that students at Harlow College have access to the very latest in technology and equipment in the field of mechanical engineering.

Senior engineering lecturer, Paul Bullen, 47, said : ‘We are looking to provide the workforce of the future with well trained, well rounded individuals.’

The Centre is kitted out with brand new equipment of all kinds, including professional CAD and CAM suites (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing) as well as 3-D printers.

Paul was keen to emphasise that this makes Harlow the only college in the country that has fully professional equipment across the board that even a lot of private companies in the sector do not have access to.

Students learning their trade in the centre have a range of ability levels and experience, some are straight from school and are doing work placements and apprenticeships with local businesses, others are working at HNC and HND level or higher and some are experienced engineers in their own right, looking to advance their skillset.

Private companies are able to commission students at the centre to do piece work for them ranging from prototypes their own equipment isn’t calibrated to do and batch work which adds realism to the learning environment as the work being done will actually be used.

HAMEC is an addition to Harlow campus that makes it a leader in the field and a magnet for aspiring young engineers. The relationships being built with local businesses should stand both the college and those businesses in good stead in the years to come.