A young engineering whizz from Coleg Menai has claimed second prize in a Wales-wide design competition.

16-year-old Evangela Voma of Bangor was crowned runner-up in the Mechanical Engineering Computer Aided Design finals of Skills Competition Wales, hosted by Colegau Gwent in Cardiff in mid-January.

The first-year mechanical engineering student was competing in the Computer Aided Design and Drafting category, where students received drawings of mechanical parts that make up an assembly - in this instance, a steam engine. Within four hours, the students were required to create computer models of the parts, assemble them and create drawings of the assembly to show how it all fits together.

Eva said,

I have always enjoyed designing and I love the fusion of design and engineering that essentially make what CAD is. I would love to be a design engineer, so this has certainly kick-started my career and has boosted my confidence to pursue my goals.

Lecturer Mac Jones, Eva's tutor said,

Eva is an extremely enthusiastic student who is thriving in her studies. She worked hard to prepare for this competition and, having only started using CAD in September, and the software required for the competition three weeks before, she has exceeded all expectations. Congratulations to her and well done for all the hard work she has put in.

Eva qualified for the event alongside fellow Coleg Menai representative Joseph Harris, 17, of Tregarth, after the pair claimed second and first respectively in a Coleg Menai competition back in December.

For more information about engineering courses at Coleg Menai, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/engineering.