The Polytechnic had a successful Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department that catered for the many electrical and electronic engineers working in local industry. Right from the start there was a Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, in the Engineering Block in Wulfruna Street, that opened in 1926. There were soon theoretical and practical courses in electrical engineering, electrical technology, electrical science, mechanical and electrical science, radio principles, radio servicing and telecommunications. When the Electrical and Production Engineering Building was built at the rear of the front yard in 1951, the Electrical Engineering Department was housed in the following rooms:

Room 151 - Radio and Television Laboratory
Room 152 - Electrical Machines Laboratory
Room 153 - Electrical Science Laboratory.

By the late 1950s There were three senior lecturers, 1 lecturer and 4 assistant lecturers. The rooms were as follows:

The Electrical Machines and Power Laboratory that had AC and DC machines with specially designed control panels.
The Electronics and Telecommunications Laboratory with a wide range of up-to-date test equipment.
The Electrical Measurement Laboratory with a Standards Room, complete with standards and measuring equipment.
The Radio Servicing and Electrical Installations workshops with a wide range of equipment and a model six room flat.

The Electrical Engineering Department became the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering offering a wide range of courses from City and Guilds courses to courses leading an Ordinary National Certificate (ONC), Higher National Certificate (HNC), and a Higher National Diploma (HND). The courses covered all aspects of electrical engineering. There were also Radio and Television Servicing courses until 1973.


In 1974, Tony Margetts left the Polytechnic to emigrate to Auckland in New Zealand where he worked for a manufacturer of televisions, radios and domestic electronic goods. He joined the department in 1965 when it had a television and radio servicing division, then moved into the electronics section when radio and television moved to Wulfrun College. He is seen here at his leaving party at the Mount Hotel in Tettenhall in April 1974. Tony and his wife Kath are being presented with his leaving present, a digital clock, by head of department, Brian Evans. Courtesy of David Parsons.

The staff in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the late 1970s. Courtesy of David Parsons.
Back Row - left to right: Shingara, David Parsons, Eric Thomason, Jack Taylor, Colin Bullock, Alf Keay, Kurt Pollak, Mike Ardley.
Front Row - left to right: Tony Robbins, Norman Bright, Lillian Howell, Brian Evans, Roger Hamilton, David Weighton.


Kurt Pollak receiving his retirement gift in the 1980s. Courtesy of David Parsons.


Some of the guests at Kurt Pollak's retirement party. On the extreme right is John Moxham, a brilliant mechanical engineer. Courtesy of David Parsons.


The Electrical Machines Laboratory. Courtesy of David Parsons.


Len Ramshall and David Parsons. Courtesy of David Parsons.


The Electrical Machines Laboratory. Courtesy of David Parsons.


Making adjustments in the Electrical Machines Laboratory. Courtesy of David Parsons.

Adjusting a valve radio chassis, mounted in a Dexion frame. The radios were used to teach alignment and fault finding. The photo dates from 1967.

On the left is Trevor Lavender, with Mick Bowen on the right.

Courtesy of David Parsons.


Some of the old equipment in the Standards Room in the late 1980s. Courtesy of David Parsons.


More of the old equipment in the Standards Room in the late 1980s. Courtesy of David Parsons.
 


Room 53 in 1989. Courtesy of David Parsons.


Another view of room 53 in 1989. Courtesy of David Parsons.


Room 151C in the late 1980s. Courtesy of David Parsons.


One of the laboratories in 'C Block'. Courtesy of David Parsons.


University Safety Officer, Frank Collins in 'C Block'. Second from left. Courtesy of David Parsons.

In 1981 the department became part of the Control and Electronic Group in the School of Engineering. The main courses were HNC / HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and HNC / HND in Computer Technology. The School of Engineering took over part of 'C Block' until the mid 1990s.


'C Block', in readiness for the move to 'MU Block'. Courtesy of David Parsons.


   
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