Apprentice Automation Challenge


About Apprentice Automation Challenge     

Apprentice Automation Challenge provides a brilliant opportunity for talented apprentices to compete in an innovative design and manufacturing challenge to improve an everyday home or garden device.

The Challenge is open to teams of apprentices from companies, colleges and training providers of engineering and manufacturing technologies.

Participants will be asked to submit a report which is to include a design specification, manufacturing instructions, user manual and a business case for the mass production and sale of the product.

The prototypes will be judged at the Finals event which takes place in July at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, where the Apprentice Automation Challenge Champions will be crowned and awarded a £2,000 prize.

The Apprentice Automation Challenge (AAC) is organised by our Manufacturing Industries Division’s Young Members Committee.

2021 Teams

Company Name Team Name Project
Marchantcain Operation Arial Arial Watering Device
Perkins Engines Notorious GED Automated Food Dispenser
Manufacturing Technology Centre PetTech Automated Chilled Wet Pet Food Dispenser
Leonardo Team NextGen TBC
University of Vocational Technology Team Bravo Smart Bed
Rolls-Royce Friengineers TBC

IME Coventry 12.7.19-2688 800

The Challenge

  • To design and build a device to automate a process in the home or garden, or
  • To manufacture a product that addresses key challenges in today's society in areas, e.g. energy efficiency at home, corporate social responsibility and circular economy.

Teams must demonstrate engineering competence according to EC UK-SPEC for EngTech by:

  • Designing a product and prototype a working model
  • Providing a design specification and manufacturing instructions
  • Providing a business case for the mass production and sale of the product
  • Demonstrating their product on the finals day



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Challenge Sponsors and Partners

  • MTC