good reasons to study Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year at Salford: Industrial placement opportunities. Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Leads to Chartered Engineer status. Mechanical engineers are an important part of our society. They are concerned with the development, installation and maintenance of engineering systems. These engineering systems cover a wide range of processes, particularly in the field of manufacturing. Whether it is silicone chips or jumbo jets that need to be produced, mechanical engineers are a key component to the process. There is a strong management theme throughout this course that will prepare you for a career as a mechanical engineer. It will enable you to interact with a broad range of clients and employers from small business to large multinationals and government authorities. With an excellent reputation and strong links with industry, this course will put you in good stead to become a successful professional mechanical engineer.