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Andrew Colling

Andrew is a design engineer for Ransomes Jacobsen.

Andrew Colling

MEng Mechanical Engineering

'I was extremely impressed with the recent investments in the engineering department, campus and facilities.'

I was first made aware of Teesside University through an open day radio advert.

I chose engineering as an amalgamation of my interest in maths and physics at school. Mechanical engineering specifically appealed to me as it provided a wide spectrum of engineering disciplines alongside a practical hands-on approach.

I think the most enjoyable thing about studying at Teesside University was the support and guidance provided which cannot be underestimated when writing your final year dissertation. Additionally, the lectures were informal and interactive.

During my time at Teesside I was elected the course representative for mechanical engineering, a role which I undertook from starting to the completion of my masters. Outside my studies, I was also a prominent member of the athletics club.

I used the careers service at Teesside University for general advice on what to include and recommendations for areas of improvement on my CV for applying for internship and graduate roles. This proved extremely useful and effective.

I completed a placement year which significantly prepared me for my career. Not only did it provide an insight into the real-world applications of engineering and steered me in a direction that I would like to continue working in, it provided me with experience and confidence to secure a fast-paced graduate job. And when I finished my course I started working at Ransomes Jacobsen as a design engineer.

My responsibilities as a design engineer generally fall into four categories. I use Computer aided design (CAD) to produce models, assemblies and engineering drawings of prototype designs before they are ready for production. Finite element analysis (FEA), design calculations and physical testing are also conducted to determine whether a design can handle certain load conditions. I also supervise the assembly build of the machines. The work can be very demanding, but I’m developing my career I could not think of a better place to be working.

I have been heavily involved in the design and build of a new product from start to its current stage. I was also extremely fortunate to spend three weeks in the USA headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina as the sole representative of my team. We built three prototype machines for a strategic review with the senior leadership team of Textron.

I learnt and developed the majority of the skills, which I use daily in my role as a design engineer, such as proficiency in CAD and FEA to leading an effective meeting, at Teesside University. Since working I have also gained specific engineering knowledge and best practices.

I recently decided to study a part-time PhD in Mechanical Engineering to develop myself further as an engineer, with the ultimate goal of working as a university professor. It’s also important to achieve chartered status within the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - this challenge remains a high priority for me. I plan on working as hard as possible to develop further and progress within my company to gain greater responsibilities.

I would certainly recommend Teesside University and my course to anyone considering attending university. The learning opportunities and extra-curricular opportunities available may not have been as readily available elsewhere. The campus has recently been renovated and the faculty provide an excellent learning environment. The social aspects are also very appealing with a wide range of clubs and societies, alongside the critically acclaimed Students’ Union. I believe that studying my MEng in Mechanical Engineering has provided value for money.