Firm foun­da­tion in engineering

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2012 Lon­don Olympics open­ing cer­e­mony and the spe­cial pres­surised cap­sule and suit to carry Felix Baum­gart­ner aloft un­der the he­lium bal­loon on his mis­sion to dive to Earth from 36.5km al­ti­tude to break the sound bar­rier.

Trans­fer­able skills

Lough­bor­ough’s Me­chan­i­cal engineering pro­grammes not only pro­vide a thor­ough ground­ing in engineering prin­ci­ples, they also help stu­dents ac­quire a num­ber of trans­fer­able skills, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to solve prob­lems us­ing both logic and cre­ative think­ing, an­a­lyt­i­cal skills, an abil­ity to keep to dead­lines, team-work­ing and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

As me­chan­i­cal engi­neers work ex­ten­sively and ef­fec­tively in large in­ter-dis­ci­plinary teams, man­age projects and make com­plex de­ci­sions, me­chan­i­cal engineering de­gree pro­grammes im­ple­ment the team­work ap­proach through­out the cur­ricu­lum.

The pro­grammes also have a strong fo­cus on projects with di­rect rel­e­vance to in­dus­try and of­fer prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence through work place­ments.

Many uni­ver­si­ties in the United King­dom of­fer me­chan­i­cal engineering pro­grammes with one-year place­ment fol­low­ing the sec­ond year. You earn money while gain­ing in­dus­trial ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing a place­ment year. Stu­dents grad­u­ate with real work ex­pe­ri­ence, which makes them more em­ploy­able with con­sid­er­ably higher start­ing salaries.

Me­chan­i­cal engineering at Lough­bor­ough is the most broad-based and also the most sought-af­ter branch of engineering, which leads to a wide range of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

So­phis­ti­cated com­pu­ta­tional anal­y­sis and sim­u­la­tion soft­ware as well as de­sign tools are rou­tinely used by me­chan­i­cal engi­neers to aid in the de­vel­op­ment of prod­ucts, de­vices and sys­tems.

In ad­di­tion, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of com­puter con­trols and mecha­tronic sys­tems in ma­chines and ro­bot­ics have made the job of the me­chan­i­cal engi­neer even more ver­sa­tile and broad-based.

Re­ward­ing ca­reer

There­fore, me­chan­i­cal engi­neers have tremen­dous flex­i­bil­ity, work­ing in a di­verse range of in­dus­tries, more so than any other kind of engi­neer. There will al­ways be re­ward­ing and well-paid ca­reers for qual­i­fied me­chan­i­cal engi­neers.

By virtue of the com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tion, me­chan­i­cal engi­neers nat­u­rally make ef­fec­tive lead­ers, take lead­er­ship roles in projects, rise quickly in their com­pa­nies to lead­ing po­si­tions and their salaries rise ac­cord­ingly.

You should con­sider me­chan­i­cal engineering if you are cre­ative and have nat­u­ral cu­rios­ity about how things work, com­bined with a de­sire to build gad­gets and de­vices.

You should also have a strong ap­ti­tude and back­ground in math­e­mat­ics and physics. Ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments in­clude good grades in th­ese sub­jects.

Me­chan­i­cal engineering stu­dents can par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and com­pe­ti­tions, usu­ally or­gan­ised by pro­fes­sional in­sti­tu­tions and so­ci­eties, such as the For­mula Stu­dent, Hu­man Pow­ered Ve­hi­cle Chal­lenge, ASME Stu­dent De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion and World So­lar Chal­lenge.

This ar­ti­cle is writ­ten by Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, UK Wolf­son School of Me­chan­i­cal and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Engineering as­so­ci­ate dean teach­ing, Prof Memis Acar.

Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity In­ter­na­tional Of­fi­cer Katharine Green will be vis­it­ing the MABECS of­fice in Pe­tal­ing Jaya, Se­lan­gor on Feb 20 from 9.30am to noon to meet and in­ter­view stu­dents.

For de­tails, con­tact MABECS Sdn Bhd at 037956 7655 or e-mail ukde­grees@mabecs.com

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