You develop the specialist knowledge and skills to analyse and solve mechanical engineering problems and to design creative and innovative products and devices using modern technology. We also introduce you to the business and economic world where many engineers work. In your final year you can specialise in your area of interest, or continue working with industry on a project – previous students have improved the production processes at Tata Steel and tested carbon fibre composites for McLaren Automotive. Key areas include • engineering materials and manufacturing processes • computer-aided design and manufacture • fracture mechanics • computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer • finite element analysis • dynamics and control. **Practical projects** This is a practical course which gives you plenty of opportunities to practise your engineering skills. You take site visits to workplaces such as car factories, wind farms and power stations. You also take part in national and international engineering competitions, including • Engineers Without Borders, a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world • Formula Student, where you design and build a race car and race it at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix • The Heavy Lift Challenge, which involves designing and building a remote-controlled aircraft **Placements and work experience** Most of our students choose to take a paid work placement in their third year. Our dedicated placement office help you find and secure the right position and you can earn up to £20,000. This is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer. Previous students have taken industrial placements at companies such as • McLaren Racing Limited • Bosch Thermotechnology • Rolls-Royce • BMW • EDF Energy • Agusta Westland • Pirelli Tyres Limited • Cummins Turbo Technologies • Airbus UK • Lockheed Martin. There are also opportunities to study abroad – we have exchange programmes with Osnabrück University in Germany and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. **Facilities** During this course, you use all of the industry standard tools and equipment needed to ensure that you’re ready for industry. You have access to a wide range of hardware and equipment, including computer-aided design (CAD) software such as SolidWorks, and analysis software such as Fluent, Abacus and Matlab. Other specialist facilities include • wind tunnels • a flight simulator • rapid prototyping equipment • a robotics and automation laboratory • an automotive workshop for engine testing • a structural integrity laboratory • a materials testing laboratory • manufacturing workshops. **Professional recognition** Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Students will also need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.