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National Manufacturing Day 2023

National Manufacturing Day takes place this year on Thursday 28th September - join us at the University of Sunderland; a pledged employer and participant, in this fantastic opportunity to be amongst the first to see our brand new facilities for Sustainable Design Engineering.

This event is open to Year 13 students (individuals and group bookings) who are interested in studying Engineering at undergraduate level. 


We see sustainability as the future of engineering and manufacturing. Our BEng (Hons) Sustainable Design Engineering course demonstrates the importance of this critical area as we look towards the new generation of engineers. Come along to find out more from our team of lecturers as well as experts from local businesses Gestamp and Suez to discover why sustainability should be at the forefront of everything we do.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in multiple interactive taster sessions including:

  • Industry 4.0 and Smart Factories - The internet has revoluntionised the way we live and communicate. In this session students will learn how the fourth industrial revolution is harnessing this power to share information and make decisions. It is now possible to link human behaviour and real-world events with smart manufacturing factories to improve efficiency and make intelligent decisions in real time. Students will see this technology in action and gain an understanding of the exciting careers emerging for specialists in this field.

  • Strength of Materials - Product failure is not acceptable, especially in safety critical and high-performance applications. This session will help students understand how mechanical engineers are able to remove the guesswork from the equation when developing products. The workshop will start with the theory of different types of forces and what this means for materials and components to which they are applied. Using computer software, a real-world simulation will be created to understand at what point the material will break. Finally, this can be tested in the laboratory to see how theory, computer prediction and real world all compare.  

Participants will also have the opportunity to tour our new facilities and hear from lecturers and current students about their experiences studying at the University of Sunderland.