Deeside College Land-based Technology students have been enjoying getting to grips with four wheel driving at the Northop Campus recently.
The National Award and Certificate students have swapped classroom sessions for getting behind the wheel of the powerful vehicles in order to complete an element of their qualification.
In order to gain the qualification the students are required to demonstrate four wheel drive recovery, operation and maintenance. Although initially very excited by the task, the students soon understood the skills required to operate the vehicles safely and perform such tasks.
The students benefited from one-to-one tuition on the operation of the vehicles and also learnt to carry out a series of vehicle recovery techniques using a four wheel drive vehicle. Each student had to recover a damaged vehicle from a ditch, calculating such things as ground resistances and winch pulling capacity.
Deeside College Land-based Machinery lecturer Andy Read said “This practical hands on delivery demonstrates to students that there needs to be a calculated approach to most situations rather than just assuming a positive outcome. All worked really hard and showed a great level of maturity during the task”.
Land-based Machinery student Stephen Douglas said “It has been a great activity. I really enjoyed that this was so hands on rather than just learning about it in a classroom. I am confident that I can now perform the task successfully”.