6 November 2020
Mechanical Engineering student Eduvie - and her course mates - consider how their degree course has met their expectations, and how it's differed in some surprising ways.
Throwback to A levels/BTECs, deciding what we want to spend the next few years studying. When making this decision we have an idea of what we think those next few years are going be like. These expectations vary for everyone depending on what you’re looking for, but speaking to current engineering students highlighted a few thoughts that we all had in common.
As it's a course name you do not necessarily have any practice in, most people expect it to be like completely learning a new subject.
You are not going to be lost! The first year at university is not that different from the last few years. It builds on what has been learnt before - linking what you’ve learnt previously to its application in engineering such as mechanics and maths.
Everyone expects to be involved in manufacturing processes because it is what engineering is advertised as.
It's theory-based, too. We do get involved in manufacturing and physical application. However, we learn a lot of theory as we need to understand why things work the way they do and be able to predict behaviour which would help us in application.
We'll be made aware of the job possibilities in their specific field (mechanical, civil, medical engineering...) and work towards those, as that is what you are studying.
There are opportunities across a number of fields. During your course you learn a bit of engineering across all the specifics. The connection is needed to fully understand applications. This gives rise to a wider range of job opportunities, as the skills you learn can be applied more broadly.
This will probably change throughout your course. There my be some modules, perhaps in first year, that feel like a breeze and others that will test you.
My advice? Be open to the possibilities engineering has to offer and enjoy every bit of it.