Engineers from Bosch Rexroth, The JCB Academy and the EDF Energy London Eye have come together to give more than 90 engineering students unique access to the London landmark as part of their engineering diploma.
The students, aged between 16 and 18, were tasked with designing a hydraulic maintenance strategy for the 135m high structure, which this year welcomed its 50 millionth visitor since opening in 2000.
Bosch Rexroth engineers, who designed the hydraulics system in 1999, worked with the students during the seven week project to give them an understanding of the engineering behind the London landmark, including a trip behind the scenes to see the hydraulic system in action.
The students were also given access to Bosch Rexroth’s headquarters in St Neots to build and test a hydraulic circuit and find out more about the company and the work it does on some of the world’s biggest engineering projects.
Jim Malin, Customer Service Manager at Bosch Rexroth, said: “We are proud to be supporting The JCB Academy, a fantastic technical college which gives students unique access to manufacturing facilities and iconic landmarks to help them to think practically about hydraulics and complex engineering systems.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mark Robinson, Technical Operations Manager, and the team at the London Eye who went out of their way to allow the students access to real life engineering operations.”
Paula Gwinnett, Engineering Director at The JCB Academy, said: “Bosch Rexroth has supported The JCB Academy since its inception but we are constantly humbled by the sheer effort and personal commitment from Bosch Engineers to create such an exciting and meaningful learning experience for our students. We know we are blazing a trail in technical education but support and encouragement of the nature shown to us by Bosch Rexroth make it all worthwhile and will be hugely appreciated by our young men and women in years to come.”