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UK award for agricultural engineering skills

A Coleg Sir Gâr student has won a UK award for his skills in agricultural engineering.

Alwyn Morgan, 17, from Llanwrda won the IAgrE Student Project Award for the design and manufacture of a disc brake wear sensor.

As part of the course, students are asked to research and construct a commercially viable product, or adaptation for the land-based industry, coming up with three ideas where one must progress to manufacture.

Alwyn developed the disc sensor to lessen damage to tractors. “When the discs wear, there is no material left on the brake which can cause major damage to the vehicle,” he said. “When the disc contacts the metal it will cause swarf to enter the inner workings of the tractor and will cause damage to other components.”

The device is mounted within the rear axle so it can sense the moving distance of the break position which trips a light in the tractor dashboard. It also incorporates a brake disc heat monitor which is currently unavailable on the market.

The IAgrE award recognises innovation and excellence by students studying vocational qualifications in engineering and technology and the awards ceremony took place at the National Fluid Power Centre in Nottingham.

Coleg Sir Gâr lecturer Jones, said: “Alwyn thoroughly deserves this award and we’re all very proud of him.

“We’re also very proud that this is the eighth time that our department has won this UK, industry-recognised award.

Alwyn also works for New Holland dealership T Alun Jones & Son and on his family farm.