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. 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. In the third year, you have the option to take a paid work placement. 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.