Higher National Diploma in Engineering students at Ocado’s Andover facility


University Centre Newbury's (UCN) Higher National Diploma in Engineering students recently visited Ocado's 217,000-square-foot (20,160m²) facility in Andover. Hosted by Colin Graham, Lead Engineering Operations Manager, the visit provided a unique insight into the operations of one of the most technologically advanced grocery fulfilment centres.

With the capability to fulfil 60,000 customer shopping orders per week, the facility's operations showcased the Ocado Smart Platform, which includes over 800 robots utilising artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation to pick customer orders. Colin Graham highlighted Ocado's innovative approach to technology and supply chain management, providing students with a fascinating look at the integration of cutting-edge technologies in real-world applications.

Stephen Payne, UCN Programme Leader for Engineering, commented:

"This was an exceptional opportunity for students to experience automation at its finest. We appreciate the support and cooperation from Ocado in making these industry visits possible. The students gain a vital insight into world-class technology and supply chain operations."

The visit aligns with UCN's ethos of 'Careers, not courses,' emphasising the importance of real-world experience in preparing students for successful careers in the engineering and technology sectors. By engaging with industry leaders like Ocado, UCN continues to create opportunities that transform lives, ensuring students have the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their chosen fields.

For more information on HND Engineering courses, please visit https://newbury-college.ac.uk/higher