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  • Qualification

    BEng or BE - Bachelor of Engineering

  • Location

    West Suffolk College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Introduction

Engineers are involved in virtually all aspects of the modern world and is made up of many distinct pathways and specialisations. Our degrees allows a student to get a thorough grounding in fundamental engineering principles and skills before specialising in a particular engineering discipline.

With that in mind we have four pathways, they are; Design, Manufacturing, Mechatronics and Management.

Design

Design engineers are the basis for many industries, their abilities to innovate are vital to gaining competitive advantage over competitors. The use of integrated design tools help ensure products are manufacturable and functional before production, is a valuable tool in the designers' skillset.
The regular engineering topics are covered in year 1, additionally workshop practices and a research project are used to develop skills utilised in the future. In year two, students choose their preferred pathway, from a choice of manufacturing, design, management and mechatronics (subject to minimum numbers per pathway). The year continues to build the foundation topics, whilst beginning specialist study. Year 3 gives the option of a supervised work placement, obtained by the student, giving valuable experience of the engineering world. The final year includes a large engineering project, counting as two modules, with additional specialist units.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing engineering is an essential feature of an area that makes large contributions to the wealth of many countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world. It is a rapidly evolving industry where the competition between organisations is keen: only those companies prepared to apply modern philosophies and technologies prosper.

Mechatronics

The study of mechatronics brings together electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering, providing a multi-skilled qualification. Especially applicable where automation is indicated, it combines well with hydraulics, pneumatics and robotics and incorporates industry 4.0.
The regular engineering topics are covered in year 1, additionally workshop practices and a research project are used to develop skills utilised in the future. In year two, students choose their preferred pathway, from a choice of manufacturing, design, management and mechatronics (subject to minimum numbers per pathway). The year continues to build the foundation topics, whilst beginning specialist study. Year 3 gives the option of a supervised work placement, obtained by the student, giving valuable experience of the engineering world. The final year includes a large engineering project, counting as two modules, with additional specialist units.

Management

The best engineering managers have good engineering knowledge and skills but also a solid grounding in the principles of management. This should enable them to perform more effectively as graduate engineers and more senior roles where they are likely to have broader responsibilities.

Career opportunities

Students have progressed into many careers such as, additional higher study at the MEng and/or PhD level, employment within regional and national organisations at an Engineer level, undertaking a wide array of engineering roles. Some have now progressed into supervisory and management roles.

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Maths + at least 1 STEM subject to UCAS tariff requirement

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University information

West Suffolk College

  • Campus address

    West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3RL, England

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