Today, we share with you a few pictures of and words from machinists in training- students who are taking the ENGS 25 class. In this class all the students build a Stirling engine, and this is how basic machining skills are imparted at Thayer which is a perfect embodiment of learning through doing. The students are not all alone in their first struggles with machining, as each of the students has an experienced T.A working with him/her, making the learning experience pleasant and fun.
“ENGS 24,25,26,27 are the gateway classes to engineering and students have to finish at least two of these classes for an engineering science major.” Said Kylie Lucas B.E ‘14 who’s working on her own stirling engine with help from T.A Tom. She added “ENGS 25 is the thermodynamics class which is the reason why we build a Stirling engine in this class” in response to how experience she was with machining, she answered “this is like my introductory class to machining, I had taken ENGS 21 earlier but had not used the machine shop much for the 21 project, so it is very useful for me to do this project at the machine shop.”
Apart from Kylie and Tom, there were other student-T.A pairs working on different parts of the Stirling engine. For most of the students, building the Stirling engine is a vital experience in developing their machining skills. As for most the class serves as an introduction to machining and also acts as a good spring board to pick up more advanced machining skills.
We leave you with a few more pictures of our students and T.As, machining away to enlightment.