Firm foundation in engineering
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.
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.
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.
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