The course helps me become a more rounded individual to solve problems and build resilience.
I’d just finished my HND Mechanical Engineering (by Flexible Open Learning) when I was made redundant at work, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to carry on studying and top-up my qualification to a degree.
It’s my local university, the staff are helpful and many of my friends studied here before going on to have successful careers.
I wanted a diverse course that would challenge me in maths, science, technology and engineering. Mechanical engineering has so many applications, which works for me as I like to keep moving, taking on new challenges, seeing the world and meeting new people. The course helps me become a more rounded individual to solve problems and build resilience.
I get to cover so many different areas from software design through to quality assurance. I particularly enjoy learning about software design, computer analysis and research for my final year project. I get to see the research that others have developed globally and how they’ve offered solutions to some of the same challenges I’ve faced. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of the sector.
The resources are great, both in the Library and the engineering department. I’ve been able to bring my concepts to life with practical simulations.
Middlesbrough is a really developing town, with new industry and technologies growing all the time. Teesside University is at the heart of this growth and I’m hoping that my children are a part of it in the years to come.
I’m part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, supporting new members with advice on becoming incorporated or chartered engineers.
So many technical skills including software modelling, analysis and simulation for fluid dynamics and structural assessment, detailed research, quality assurance, reliability of equipment, and the application of statistical analysis. I’ve also increased my maths and engineering knowledge, and I’ve developed key transferrable skills such as teamworking.
I’d like to get back into full-time work in a leadership role or apply for a master’s in mechanical or reliability engineering.
Definitely, especially given how flexible they are. I took a bridging course to improve my maths before I started the BEng Tech (Hons) and the lecturers were so supportive. Plus, the campus is really modern with great facilities.
Work hard, learn from regional industry and ask lots of questions. And if you come to Teesside, take advantage of the countryside, it’s right on your doorstep.