Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
This degree course is focused on producing high-calibre engineering graduates who are experienced in the application of core mechanical engineering theory and practice to successfully deliver solutions to industry problems. In addition to the principles of machine design and advance simulation and modelling techniques, students will also gain knowledge of industrial manufacturing and process optimisation - skills highlighted by our industrial partners as highly sought after.
You will cover not just theory and technical skills but the research and business techniques needed by professional engineers. Industry figures have helped us to develop a comprehensive curriculum combining core engineering subjects with the latest industrial techniques. Much of our teaching is project led, and is designed to develop the professional skills that you will use as a graduate engineer.
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Our students spend their year-long placement working as professional engineers with an industrial firm such as BAE Systems, JCB, Niftylift or Cummins Engines. You will be helped to find the right role by an engineering placement manager based at Harper Adams.
Accredited by: The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
Accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. BEng students can become chartered engineers after completing additional study to Master’s level.
Your first year will focus on core engineering theory, including design skills, engineering mechanics, maths, and materials. Alongside these generic engineering topics, you will also start to learn the fundamental basis for your area of specialism - whether that be Off Road Vehicle Design or Agricultural Engineering.
This theoretical content is complemented by a range of free practical skills training in areas such as welding, milling, turning and off highway vehicle operation. This mixture of theoretical and practical skills and knowledge is designed to give you the foundation for your development into a professional engineer.
In the second year you will begin to apply this learning to solving real-life engineering problems. Here you will take part in a design-and-build project that you will also test and evaluate – just as you would as a working engineer.
The industrial work placement undertaken by all students is a central element of your development as a professional engineer. We will help you to find a placement within an organization that closely matches your interests and aspirations. The placement year gives you an opportunity to act in a professional capacity inside a real functioning company. You will spend this year using and developing the skills from the first two years of your course within the context of a commercial organisation.
Your development into an industry ready professional engineer will be further enhanced after placement, where you will complete individual industry/research projects as well as group projects. These will involve delivering solutions to real problems for external clients, to whom you will present your findings, and who will help to mark your projects.
Harper Adams Engineering graduates are highly sought after within industry and career opportunities are excellent. Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines and will offer you a wide choice of options. Our graduates are employed as professional engineers in: design and development, new product testing, manufacturing, and managerial and leadership roles.
Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education
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