Abstract: I am looking to expand my knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering and repair. I can start by working on the electrical golf carts at the energy lab and work my way up from there to more complex vehicles.
Title: Mechanical Experience Project a.k.a working golf carts
Background: I feel that this skill is important for anyones everyday life, but it is rarely taught. I work on alot of small engine vehicles; ATVʻs, motorcycles, mopeds, etc. but I know there is alot more I can learn. This project will expand my knowledge from gasoline engines to include electrical vehicles, including renewable energy vehicles.
Purpose: Gain knowledge of mechanics through experience repairing and upgrading two 48 Volt electrical golf carts.
Tools: Basic hardware (box wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.) Possibly a breaker bar, torque wrench and electrical equipment
Impact: The impact ranges from HPA to local. Finding a way to convert our conventional electric golf cart to run off of itself.. It will also give me the knowledge and experience that contributes to me becoming a mechanic or engineer.
Legacy: The legacy I hope to leave behind is to introduce students to a different form of science and engineering which is less common. To give students the knowledge that I believe to be a necessity in life, but is not commonly taught or excercised.
One person I collaborated with was sebastian. He was good with electronics, and I was good with mechanics and such, so it worked out well. On each project we were able to share our skills and knowledge with eachother and apply what was learned to each project. This helped alot with me learning a few things about electrical work, and I even learned how to solder. I havenʻt completely figured outmy schedule next year, but if I do come back I would really want to go more into fabrication. One thing iʻve really wanted to learn to use is a plasma table. Hopefully by next year or the year after we will have one. If I were to describe my year of isr to someone, it would be a long story. Starting with the idea of rebuilding a motorcycle and going all the way through golf carts, antennas, and power supplyʻs. I would tell them how I believe that I learned more in this class than I have in any other just because it fits the way that I learn- by experience.