Get hands-on engineering experience from day one with our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree. Learn how to design, manufacture, repair and operate products in specialist workshops - and work towards Incorporated Engineer status.
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From day one, you’ll get involved in hands-on projects with other engineering students, developing your teamwork, management and leadership skills and learning how to analyse and solve problems creatively.
You’ll study in our dedicated engineering labs in Chelmsford, using top-of-the range facilities. These include CAD/CAM and engineering computer modelling centres, industrial-scale CNC milling and lathe machines, metal and plastic rapid prototyping machines, welding equipment, electronic testing and measuring equipment, and much more.
You can choose to take an optional placement year in industry as part of this course, further enhancing your skills, experience and employability.
While studying Mechanical Engineering at ARU, you'll develop both your academic and practical skills, becoming an analytical and creative problem-solver, exploring how engineering works and how to achieve results within financial constraints. You’ll use testing and measurement equipment, learn how to specify and design electronics subsystems, and use computer-based and mathematical methods to model and analyse mechanical engineering problems.
The concept of Vertical Integrated Learning is not new but the adaptation across technical education is limited. VIL has been a focus for medical education where classroom-based knowledge is gradually replaced with more hands-on practical skills learned by working with real-life medical challenges and patients. Engineering and technology demand high level of skills to service the industry, and the diverse range disciplines desires a practical and innovative approach to train the next generation of industry ready graduates.
At ARU, we have embraced the challenge to introduce 50% of our engineering curriculum based on developing practical and applied skills among our engineering cohorts. The approach is challenging in embedding major applied fundamentals as laboratory-based exercise delivering key engineering learning outcomes, as well as maintaining the high standards of PSRB accredited programmes. Our engineering curriculum at ARU offers unique project-based curriculum at each level, in which students are offered industry led “Live Briefs” applying fundamental science and engineering principles to propose a solution. This innovative approach allows students to spend 50% of their time in classroom to study fundamental engineering curriculum at level 4 and spend remaining 50% time in the well-equipped engineering workshops as well as specialist laboratories. The VIL approach at ARU is supported by local and national engineering companies, such as BAE system and Tecosim. The same approach follows-on at level 5 and 6 by engaging in advanced engineering projects and developing core engineering knowledge and skills required for a graduate engineer.
At ARU, our expert staff are experienced industry professionals and researchers who will guide and advise you throughout the course.
All our engineering courses are in line with the new Engineering Council requirements (AHEP 4.0). Accreditation for our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree from IMechE and IET has been arranged when full student output from the course is available.
What's the difference between a BEng and an MEng course?
An accredited BEng course will prepare you to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
Meanwhile an accredited four-year MEng degree (a three-year undergraduate degree plus a Masters degree in one course) prepares you to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
Work with other engineering students and build up your teamwork, management, leadership and problem-solving skills.
Explore all aspects and stages of the engineering process and discover where your passion and talents lie.
Tackle real-world engineering challenges and design, prototype and manufacture the products of the future.
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All our engineering students have use of specialist labs and equipment, including:
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Associate Professor in Computational Fluid Dynamics
Associate Professor of Digital Manufacturing
Director of International Partnerships
As a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduate, you'll be able to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status after a period of initial professional development in industry.
Qualified mechanical engineers are in high demand nationally and internationally, commanding an impressive average salary. With experience, you could further increase your earning power by progressing to senior design or project management roles.
Your high-level numerical and problem-solving skills will also appeal to employers outside of the engineering sector, for example in IT, finance, business and education.
From the very start of your degree, you’ll meet established engineers from across the industry, learn what it’s like to work in engineering, and be encouraged to join professional bodies, building valuable contacts and knowledge to help you gain employment in your preferred area. You’ll build your CV not only by learning manufacturing and testing methods and using industry-standard equipment, but by working individually and as part of a team, solving problems and carrying out research.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a range of postgraduate courses including MSc Mechanical Engineering and MSc Engineering Management. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
To experience the practical nature of the industry, you will have the opportunity to work with organisations and companies on a Life Brief. Our students have worked with BAE Systems, a multinational defence, security and aerospace company, on a brief to re-engineer a small drone to new specifications.Find out more
“During my undergraduate degree course, the faculty have helped me a lot. This course covers the entire development process of products from an engineering point of view. It gives you exposure to marketing analysis, brand and product placement, concept development, engineering and building it in-house on campus. There are top research facilities, and the department offers a friendly atmosphere.”
BEng Mechanical Engineering
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