The Manufacturing Team Challenge differs from other competitions in that it is a design challenge. Teams of three use their skills and knowledge to design a product solution to a given brief. Each team will devise a completely different solution to the same problem, which will be tested and compared against the other solutions to find the best.

Designing their own solution in a way that it can be manufactured within the time constraints of the competition requires a range of skills which are design dependent. Teams can design the solution and manufacturing process to their team and individual strengths.

Competencies tested include: Design, CAD, Welding, Electronic manufacture, Programming, Machining, Fitting, basic hand skills and Fabrication could all be tested, along with any skills specific to the teams design.

The Qualifier will take place in your home venue. Each team will be judged privately against the brief, normally in the last week of June, or first week of July.

This prevents teams seeing ideas from other teams and copying such, leaving all ideas unique.

How competing helped Chris, Jacob and Alex progress in their careers.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Health and Safety

  • Teamwork

  • Programming

  • Designing

  • Data analysis

  • Robotics

  • Coding

  • Complex assembly

Entry criteria

  • This is a Team competition for teams of 3
  • A Team of two may compete, but they will not be given any more working time, or any additional support to compensate
  • This is open to any engineering and related courses from Level 2-6.
  • The team will need a combination of hand skills to manufacture parts and the academic skills to design them.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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