This course offers you the in-depth technical training and the professional accreditation you will need to begin your career as a practising mechanical engineer. You will practice in our on-campus labs as well as in labs belonging to our local industry partners, giving you the opportunity to develop or contribute to real-world solutions around transportation, energy, power generation and manufacturing.
You’ll begin by studying the underpinning skills and knowledge which will enable you to choose specialist mechanical engineering modules later on in the course, gaining a thorough background in mathematics, engineering science, structural mechanics and dynamics. In years 2 and 3 you’ll study modules with an emphasis on the operating principles and system design of systems like thermal pumps, wind and solar energy technologies and power generation followed by specialist advanced units. Individual and group lab work, the opportunity to compete with other universities in the UAV payload competition, and projects focusing on renewable energy technologies will hone your skills in analysis, development and project management.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
This course develops your employability skills by combining practical and theoretical study to familiarise you with industry-standard facilities. Practical industry sessions and opportunities for an industry placement year will place your study in the real world and develop your industry connections, enhancing your career prospects in the exciting world of Mechanical Engineering.
Choose BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and:
- Learn technical skills and gain practical experience through sessions with local industries including aircraft maintenance, thermal pumps and vehicle R&D and manufacture.
- Study a course in close collaboration with local industry, giving you opportunities for both short-term projects and a valuable placement year.
- Develop your skills using our excellent industry-standard facilities including high-end equipment, machines and testing workspaces.
- Gain the professional accreditation required to practice as a mechanical engineer along with practical experience designed to help you begin your career.
- Explore career opportunities and enrich your employability skills through a placement year with nearby companies.
- Challenge yourself to participate in exciting competitions with a focus on renewable energy and power generation, developing your individual and team working skills.
- Benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with local companies either on campus or in nearby company workshops.
Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you to be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the three years of your study. Our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within mechanical engineering, but it is also relevant for a much wider range of applications.
The final year unit `Research Methodologies and Project Management in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control; you will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.
In addition and somewhat complementary the honours project fosters independent and autonomous study: you learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.
Students who register for the degree with professional practice year will additionally attend a series of workshops and activities related to securing a suitable placement and compulsory briefings at the end of year 2 to ensure that all legal requirements for health and safety, safeguarding etc. training have been met,. This will be explained more fully in your professional practice handbook once you have registered with the Careers and Employability Services Student Development and Awards Team in your first year. If you will be working with children and/or vulnerable people you will be required to have a DBS check and undertake Safeguarding and Prevent training.