Here they will help to establish the demands and requirements of the industry; to establish the capabilities and needs of the colleges; and to look at funding issues.
The programme for the day – which is free to attend will be:
Welcome - Alastair Tulloch (Claas), Chairman of the AEA Training & Education
Committee or Roger Lane-Nott (AEA CEO).
The Demand Side Requirement
To establish the requirements of manufacturers and dealers in training
engineers, particularly technicians.
Farm Equipment Manufacturer/Dealer – 15 mins; Outdoor Power Equipment
Manufacturer / Dealer – 15 mins.
The Supply Side
What can the colleges provide and what are their requirements and problem
areas. Further Education College – 15 mins; Higher Education College – 15
Debate - chaired by Chris Whetnall (CEO Institute of Agricultural Engineers)
What are the problems? How do we re-connect industry with colleges? What are
the main issues and what are the solutions? What can manufacturers do to
help? What can colleges do to help? How can we market more effectively the
industry to young people? What are the funding issues and how do we overcome
Cranfield. Setting the Scene - Professor Tom Stephenson.
Visits to Cranfield’s specialist departments – including precision
engineering, welding, soil dynamics and materials.
Seminar - New Concepts for the Future of Agricultural Engineering, presented
by Dr Abdul Mounem Mouazen, Cranfield University.
The focus will be on the application of new digital technology to optimise
field operations. The vision is to combine cutting-edge sensor and system
control technology with predictive modelling of the soil-plant-water system
at field scales. This might be described as ‘second wave’ precision
agriculture. With activities in agricultural engineering, geographical
information management and soil and land management.
For further details, visit www.aea.uk.com