A Mechanical Engineering BEng at Coventry comes with the opportunity to take up the industry placements you’ll need to get that dream job.
Mechanical Engineering is the basis for many of the engineering disciplines, including the automotive, aero, marine and medical sectors. In our ever-changing world, mechanical engineers develop new and differing uses for technologies and materials that improve the mechanical operation of equipment and devices used in anything from food to oil production or from international construction projects to the design of toys.
Ranked 7th in the UK for the study of Mechanical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2019), our professionally accredited course enables you to qualify first at Bachelor and, if you choose to continue, Master’s degree level. It meets the educational requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which sets out the competence and commitment required for registration, so that you can practice eventually as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
We aim to produce graduates with the versatility and depth of understanding to deal with new and unusual challenges in mechanical engineering, alongside the necessary imagination and creativity to innovate.
The undergraduate degree will provide you with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and skills in science, commerce, design, manufacturing and management to help prepare you for a career across a broad range of industries, with, for example, a major equipment manufacturer, a design consultancy or a supply-chain company.
As the course progresses, your learning will become more specialised, for example, examining instrumentation and control in Year Two, then thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in Year Three. You will also be able to tailor your course to suit your interests and career aspirations, choosing from a range of optional modules in subjects like finite element analysis or control systems engineering.
At Master’s level, we will provide the chance to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the core subjects involved in the application of science, processes, materials, design and management to enable you to solve problems of increasing complexity.
International experience opportunities
The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we provide opportunities to participate in a number of collaborative projects and field trips. Recent first year students have visited the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland to undertake workshop and computer aided manufacturing skills in an overseas enviroment. Others have taken part in a collaborative project developing universal healthcare solutions working with the University’s Occupational Therapy students alongside six other institutions from around Europe, participating in international innovation and creativity programmes in Ruse, Bulgaria and Hasselt, Belgium. Another overseas fieldtrip included: test work at the GM proving ground; a tour of the Ford F150 factory in Detroit, USA; a tour of Hirata, a Japanese Tier 1 automotive supplier for Ford, Chrysler and GM; participation on a certificated training course with Altair on Inspire; and visits to Mahle Powertrain, the Univeristy of Michigan and Chrysler Building.
We also encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second year of study. Previously students have been placed in Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, CERN in Switzerland and Bertrandt in Germany.
A national skills shortage and Government push to promote the STEM agenda means that mechanical engineers are among the most sought-after and highly paid professionals in UK business.
We will actively encourage and support you to make the most of this demand and prepare you for the world of work. This includes support in finding placements and employment from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. Recent student placements include: GE Oil and Gas in subsea systems and design; LH Group examining rail industry servicing; vehicle build for Jaguar Land Rover; and engine development for Cummins Engines.
Fully accredited by the IMechE, the course is as such recognised in industry, providing credibility of the technical standard of our graduates among employers, thus improving your career prospects. You can graduate with experience of the latest technologies, as well as industry-standard software for computer-aided engineering (CAE). Through the practical projects and placements, you will stay abreast of the emerging issues and challenges for mechanical engineers.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.