Undergraduate study
Mechanical Engineering with Industry (Extended)

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Industry (Extended)

UCAS code: H316 BEng/MEIEx

This degree includes an integrated foundation year you if you don’t have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for direct entry to year 1 of the degree. The foundation year helps you develop your knowledge in mathematics and other important subjects to enable you to proceed confidently through the remainder of the programme.

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  • Length: 5 years (including a foundation year)

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  • Not available part-time

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Whether your passion is large- or small-scale machines and mechanisms, you can look forward to applying what you learn to areas as diverse as energy and aerospace. Mechanical engineering plays a central role in automotive design, robotics, manufacturing and mechatronics – you may also work within aerospace, medicine and marine engineering. Skilled engineers are highly sought.

  • Our mechanical engineering degrees are ranked 7th in the country for student satisfaction with teaching (Guardian University Guide 2018)

  • Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 3rd in the country for teaching quality (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)

  • Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 4th in the country for student experience (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)

  • 90% of our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Extended) students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey 2017)

  • 100% of our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Extended) degree graduates are in work or further study (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015-16)

Professional accreditation

Our degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

This accredited degree provides you with the BEng-level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

In the foundation year (Year 0) you study a range of mathematics and fundamental science and engineering subjects, and you develop important practical laboratory skills to prepare you for the remainder of your programme. The content of the remaining years of this programme is identical to the content of our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Industry degree.

The foundation year of this programme is sufficiently broad in content to provide you with the flexibility to change degree subjects after you successfully complete the foundation year.

If your ultimate aim is to graduate with a master’s degree rather than a BEng degree, after successfully completing the foundation year, and providing you achieve excellent grades, you have the option of joining one of our integrated master’s degrees leading to the award of an MEng (Hons) degree.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Chemical Science and the Environment

Chemistry underpins many of the basic principles required by engineers, and is of particular relevance to the understanding of environmental issues. This module provides you with an overview of basic chemistry, and the application of scientific concepts in the context of the environment.

Topics covered include the Periodic Table, atomic theory, acids and alkalis, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, environmental pollution, its effect and treatment, energy resources, generation and use, waste management, sustainable engineering, building technologies and transport.

Communication and Laboratory Skills

Through this module, you develop your communication skills, the application of information technology for engineering purposes, and safe laboratory working skills in the context of a variety of engineering applications. This prepares you for progressing to study engineering honours degree courses, and helps you choose which engineering course you may wish to pursue.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science

This module gives you a grounding in electrical and electronic engineering principles and is designed to underpin modules in the first year of the electrical and electronic engineering courses.

Fundamentals of Mathematics for Engineering A

This module introduces you to the mathematical notation and techniques relevant to studying engineering at undergraduate level. The emphasis is on developing the skills that will enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. You cover algebraic manipulation and equations, the solution of triangles, an introduction to vectors and an introduction to probability and descriptive statistics.

Fundamentals of Mathematics for Engineering B

This module introduces you to the mathematical notation and techniques relevant to studying engineering at undergraduate level. The emphasis is on developing the skills that will enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. You cover the concept of a function, logarithm and exponential functions, straight-lines and curves, elementary differential and integral calculus.

Materials and Mechanics Engineering Science

This module introduces you to the properties of engineering materials and fluids, such as tensile strength, density and viscosity.

We also introduce heat transfer and fluid mechanics and their applications to practical engineering systems.

We look at the principles of linear and rotational motion and applications to mechanical systems in engineering.

There is emphasis on problem solving using various engineering principles, and we include practical work to reinforce your understanding of these principles.

Course material is delivered in three hours of class time a week during which we combine lectures with problem solving tutorial sessions and some additional practical sessions. The problem solving tutorials and the practical sessions are used to reinforce principles.

We offer support and help during the problem solving tutorials and laboratory sessions and encourage you to use the e-learning support available.

At the end of the module you should:

  • know and use a limited range of scientific investigative procedures in simple, tutor defined contexts
  • possess a given scientific knowledge base and begin to recognise the scope of engineering science
  • be able to gather data from given sources in closely defined contexts with significant tutor guidance
  • be able to construct a supported argument or interpretation within tutor-defined contexts
  • be able to apply given mathematical tools and methods to a well defined problem and show emerging recognition of the complexity of associated issues
  • be able to operate ethically in predictable, defined contexts that require use of a specified range of standard techniques
  • be able to act with limited autonomy, under direction or supervision, within defined guidelines
  • be able to demonstrate a developing ability to communicate in speech and writing in an academic context
  • be able to demonstrate a developing ability to apply numerical and statistical skills in simple contexts
  • be able to use basic IT tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, information searching, in simple contexts
  • be able to engage in team activities to enhance a cooperative approach to learning and working.

 

Year 1 core modules

Calculus

Introducing the skills you need to study engineering at degree level, this module covers differential and integral calculus.

You develop your mathematical skills and learn techniques of fundamental operations such as differentiation and integration to solve differential equations.

You also improve your ability to select and apply appropriate calculus techniques to solve engineering problems.

Electrical Principles

You are introduced to the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. You are also introduced to a range of standard electrical circuits and how these may be applied in engineering problems. You attend a series of weekly lectures to learn the theory, discuss applications and for solving simplified illustrative examples. You also attend practical sessions to reinforce the lecture material and develop practical electrical skills.

Engineering Design and CAD

This module introduces you to the basic principles and practice of engineering design and the use of Computer Aided Design systems. You gain an understanding of the methods of graphical communication, competing requirements, and how to organise design data. CAD is used to produce simple, orthographic, and schematic representations of engineered components.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Group Design Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through the engineering programmes. You are introduced to the practice of creating an engineered design and the organisational issues of controlling a group project. You work in a team to solve a well-defined problem. You gain an understanding of your knowledge and limitations and the importance of working with other team members. There is a week-long assignment allocated to this module that allows the real-time application of skills and knowledge developed in the preceding weeks to be applied to enable you to manufacture the designed product.

Professional Skills for Mechanical Engineers

Knowledge of your degree subject is not the only thing you learn at university and it’s not the only thing that potential employers are looking for after you graduate. This module is the first in a series in which key skills are explicitly developed and assessed, by means of a series of learning activities while also teaching you key aspects of your chosen subject. You also develop a range of skills which are applicable in all walks of life – clear and effective communication to different audiences, both orally and written; making an effective contribution as a member of a team, and working independently or on your own initiative when required; tackling problems when you don't have all the necessary knowledge; locating information and assessing its usefulness; and making efficient and effective use of the latest information technology. You also learn to assess your own performance – recognising and building on your strengths, and identifying and improving your weaknesses. This module also facilitates personal development planning.

Properties of Materials

This module provides you with a foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials, together with a hands-on appreciation of these through laboratory-based practical sessions.

Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance will be explored to highlight factors that influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

Structural Mechanics

This module introduces common types of structure used in engineering, assesses the types of loads they must resist and provides you with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure.

Specific areas of study include: basic concepts of force, stress and strain; properties of materials and sections; analysis of frames, beams and columns; equilibrium conditions and statical determinacy; beam bending movement, shear force and deflection; and lightweight cables.

Lectures will introduce each major topic on the module with tutorials used to practise calculations. Laboratory practicals are used to investigate the properties of construction materials and develop a deeper understanding of structural theory.

The module is assessed by in-course assignment and an examination, comprising calculations and short answer questions on the module indicative content.

Thermodynamics

You are introduced to the concepts of engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer. You look at the transfer of heat, energy for solids, liquids and gases. You explore the various mechanisms for this heat transfer, quantify these mechanisms and apply them to industrially important equipment, particularly heat exchangers. At the end of the course you will be able to design and analyse heat exchanger systems for a given duty. You look at the engineering thermodynamic properties of pure working fluids. You define, develop and apply a series of thermodynamics principles to solve engineering related problems of increasing difficulty. You explore derivation of the first and second laws of thermodynamic and apply it to real-world analysis of a range of heat-power cycles. You attend a series of preparatory lectures and tutorials.

 

Year 2 core modules

Aero Engines and Rocket Science

You look at the fundamental thermodynamics and operational characteristics of a range of engines and their components including gas turbines, jet engines, turbofans, turboshaft engines, ramjets, scramjets and rockets (which are used in aerospace applications) and torque power producing gas turbines (used in industrial and marine applications).

You explore the fundamental thermodynamics of engine operation, the equation for thrust calculations, Mach number, stagnation properties, shock waves, steady one dimensional flow, and analyses of flows through convergent and convergent-divergent nozzles. You learn how to calculate the performance and efficiencies of the engine and its components.

Components include burners and afterburners, compressors, turbine and nozzles. You also look at the calculation and analyses of flows through compressor and turbine blading stages, and fundamentals of rocket propulsion, trajectory analysis, and performance of solid and liquid rocket engines.

You attend a series of keynote lectures as well as problem-solving tutorials and practical investigations.

Dynamic Analysis

Engineers are responsible for the design, construction, and testing of the devices we use. In doing so, they need a deep understanding of the physics that underpins these devices, and must be familiar with mathematical models that predict system behaviour. You learn how to analyze and predict the behaviour of physical systems by studying mechanics.

Dynamics is a branch of elementary mechanics that studies the object in motion. The results obtained from dynamics directly apply to many fields of engineering. This module develops the essential theories and fundamental principles of dynamic and vibration analysis, and enhances your knowledge, skills, and ability to apply them to the analysis of dynamic and vibration problems.

Engineering Management and Leadership Skills

The Engineering Management and Leadership Skills module complements the acquisition and development of the skills in the group design project module.

This module develops key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. The module will help you to select and apply appropriate techniques to deliver engineering projects at the right time, cost, quality and value. An understanding of organizational structures, culture, leadership and individual performance are also developed.

Lectures will be used to deliver core material and group seminars will also be used as appropriate to promote discussion of management or technical content and review of skills development.

Assessment will be by reflective statements, used to assess leadership, management and team roles, as well as self marketing skills (CV writing, interviewing and self appraisal). Some class activities will be compulsory and so assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Group Design and Build Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through the engineering programmes.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to work in teams in order to solve industrially relevant design problems. In the course of this module, you will develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness, all of which support problem solving in a technical context.

You learn to use theoretical principles in the practice of creating an engineered design item, through group working activities. A problem based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures/ seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development.

You are assessed through two in-course assignments.

Manufacturing Processes

This module provides you with an insight into current manufacturing processes, promoting a deep understanding of technological factors and an awareness of working principles and capabilities. Traditional methods, such as casting and rolling are examined, together with state-of-the-art practices, such as powder metallurgy. You combine a detailed study of selected manufacturing processes with hands-on experience in laboratory-based practical sessions.

You review important aspects of current thinking, such as quality, reliability, sustainability, lean manufacturing and the extensive use of computers in many areas, to ensure an informed picture of modern manufacturing. You also explore the suitability of manufacturing processes for applications, using a framework that recognises the interrelationships of (manufacturing) process, (artefact) function, shape, and materials.

Mechanics of Materials 1

Mechanics of Materials is a branch of mechanics that studies the relationships between the external loads applied to a deformable body and the intensity of internal forces acting within the body. The subject also involves calculating the deformations of the body, and it provided a study of the body’s stability when the body is subjected to external loadings.

This module examines the essential theories and fundamental principles of mechanics of materials, and develops your knowledge, skills, and ability to apply them in mechanical analysis and design.

Numerical Methods for Engineers

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

Product and Assembly Design Modelling

In this module, you develop your skills and knowledge in applying 3-D solid modelling and surface modelling to product design, using industry standard software. You gain a thorough understanding of computer modeling, and how to apply these skills to design engineering components and products.

You model parts with flat and cylindrical type surfaces, as well as those with more complex curved surfaces. The ability to obtain the mass and other properties of models and create orthographic drawings from 3D models will be covered.

You gain a thorough understanding of both static and dynamic hierarchical assemblies and their value to industry, and learn how to produce ‘Bill of Materials’, undertake clearance and interference checks on mating parts, and Tolerance Analysis.

You acquire the ability to animate dynamic assemblies; you create joints and mechanisms to solve for kinematic motions, and you learn how to structure the models effectively and modify them as appropriate.

 

Year 3 work placement

Final-year core modules

Applied Dynamics

This module explores the advanced theories and principles of dynamics and vibration, and develops your knowledge, skills, and ability to apply them in realistic engineering problems.

Specific areas of study include computational application of Newton’s Laws in vehicle dynamics, vibration of multiple degrees of freedom systems, vibration of distributed systems, and machine balancing.

Computer-aided Analysis

In this module we develop your knowledge of advanced techniques for the computer based analysis of designs and to use commercial software to solve more complex engineering problems.

You gain a thorough understanding of computer methods for the analysis of detailed design.

Nodes, elements and meshing techniques for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) will be covered.

Types of boundary conditions such as loads and constraints are explained including how to apply them.

You learn how to solve FEA problems and analyse the results. The ability to animate dynamic assemblies is also covered.

You create joints and mechanisms and solve for kinematic motions.

The majority of the learning takes place while undertaking tutorials in computer laboratories.

Lecture time away from the computer room is used to provide background information, theoretical concepts and to discuss the application of the concepts being used in the software.

You are provided with support when undertaking the tutorials and assistance and feedback on your work is given as you progress.

In this module you learn how to:
>pre-process, process and post-process design data
>define meshes and boundary conditions for Finite Element Analyses
>undertake linear static analyses
>look for convergence of iterative solutions
>use programming methods to solve engineering problems
>compare finite difference methods with finite element methods
>elect appropriate methods for the solving of complex engineering problems
>evaluate and reflect on your work.

Interdisciplinary Group Project

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team in order to solve a complex employer relevant problem. You gain an understanding of your knowledge and limitations, and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skill set. Working in an interdisciplinary team enables you to successfully resolve problems which otherwise would not have been possible within a single disciplinary team.
You develop a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness in order to support complex problem solving in a technical context, and enhance your awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

Internal Combustion Engines

You study the fundamentals of the design and operation of internal combustion engines, and how this affects their performance, operation and environmental impact. You develop the techniques and tools necessary to analyse and design internal combustion engines.

Management Skills for Engineers

You develop advanced interpersonal skills that enable you to integrate into the workplace. You develop key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. Issues such as ethics, conflict in a team, equality and diversity, presenting to challenging non-technical audiences such as members of the public or the media and corporate responsibility are considered from a senior management perspective.

Mechanics of Materials 2

This module explores the advanced theory and the principles of the mechanics of materials, and applies them to the analysis of realistic engineering problems.

Specific areas of study include stress concentrations, inelastic deformation and residual stress under axial loading, torsion and bending, transverse shear, failure theory, design of beams and shafts, deflection of beams and shafts, design of columns, thick-walled cylinders and interference fits.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You are expected to attend a range of lectures and problem-solving tutorials. You also use laboratory work widely to underpin the engineering principles studied. A series of laboratory-based activities provide you with a practical introduction to a range of engineering disciplines.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects). You are also expected to spend time on your own - this self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. In most cases, around 60 hours are spent in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The remaining learning time is for you to use to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits, so, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

One module in each year of your study, excluding your first year (Level 3), involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

Your programme involves a range of assessment types including coursework assignments, laboratory work, presentations and tests. You also work in teams on design project, and in the final year you complete a major individual project, including a poster presentation and project report.


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Work placement year

Teesside University's School of Science, Engineering & Design produces graduates with the problem-solving and leadership skills necessary to forge successful careers.

This programme allows you to spend one year learning and developing your skills through work experience. You have a dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service to assist you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Throughout this programme, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

We encourage and support you in your search and application for a work placement. If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

Career opportunities

Graduate mechanical engineers can seek employment in almost every sector of industry, including: automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, marine, medical, rail, power, processing, chemical, oil and gas, and food production industries.

Some examples of mechanical engineering graduate first destinations:
• Paul Metcalfe joined Cummins as a design engineer.
• Ashliegh Williams joined K Home International Ltd (KHI) as a polydimethylsiloxane piping design engineer.
• Martin Axon joined Rolls Royce as a graduate engineer.
• Kris Rickman-Gilyeat gained a placement with Ardmore Criag and Hiley Engineering Limited and later joined Tata Steel.

Working as a mechanical engineer.

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS tariff based offers are 32-88 tariff points. Non-tariff qualifications are also considered. The level of the tariff point offer depends on the subjects that you have studied.

You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. GCSE (grade C or 4) or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills are acceptable.

If you are unsure your qualifications are eligible for admission, please contact our admissions office for advice.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only. We offer entrance interviews which help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree.

Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview before an offer is made. The interview is to determine your potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.

Non-EU international students who require a student visa to study in the UK must meet, in addition to the academic requirements, the UKVI compliant English language requirement. Please check our international student pages for further information.

Guaranteed Place Scheme (for UK/EU students only)
If you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) and have at least five GCSEs at grade C (or 4) or above, including English and mathematics, you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an extended degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements.
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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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