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New Advanced Engineering Centre at Exeter College

Exeter College has created a world-class multi-million pound centre of excellence for robotics, industrial automation, advanced manufacturing and virtual welding.

The state-of-the art Advanced Engineering Centre is a 780 square metre extension to the landmark Exeter College Technology Centre, on the edge of Exeter. The centre features the largest virtual welding training facility in Europe. It also has robotic technology, 3D printers and virtual and conventional welding, as well as electro-pneumatic equipment. The robotics workshop is the largest of its kind in the FE and HE sector in Europe.

Robot Arm
Robot Arm 2

Key Facts

  • Three million pound investment
  • Eight new, world-class manufacturing robots
  • Four 3D printers
  • 780 square metre extension to Technology Centre
  • State-of-the-art virtual welding facility

The next generation of engineers will be trained at the centre, a UK-leading facility in Further Education. This £3 million ambitious project is part funded by HPTA Capital as part of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) from its Growth Deal with Government, to develop projects that benefit the local area and economy. The project is part of the college’s long-term commitment to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

The extension is required to support an expansion in the college’s broad range of courses in Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive; providing industry-led teaching spaces, workshops and laboratories for both practical and academic learning.

Under the plans, there will be new workshops and laboratories which will be used for engineering, robotics, automated manufacturing, rapid prototyping and 3D printing. There will also be a state-of-the-art virtual welding facility.

Tech Extension 1

Tech Extension 2

Tech Extension 3

Building Plans

Click on the thumbnails below to see building plans of the new extension.

  • Proposed Site Plan
  • Proposed Floor Plans
  • Proposed Elevations
  • Proposed Lanscape Plan

Thinking about a future in Engineering and Aerospace?

Click here to find out more about the broad range of programmes available in Engineering and Aerospace at Exeter College.

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