Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience.
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
96 UCAS points
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These degree courses have a mechanical engineering core with a specialism in the design and development of vehicles that operate off road. The courses cover everything from the principles of suspension design, vehicle mobility and properties of off highway terrains, to the electronic control of vehicles and ride and handling optimisation. 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.
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience. Please contact Admissions for further information on this option.
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Students spend their 12-month placement with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Terex, JCB, Caterpillar, and BAE Systems. Past experience shows many students find graduate employment with their placement company.
You will be helped to find the right role by an engineering placement manager based at Harper Adams.
Careers opportunities in this field are outstanding. We have built excellent relationships with engineering companies in the off-highway industries. Our graduates are highly sought-after and are employed in the design and development of the next generation of SUVs, defence vehicles, construction equipment, and agricultural vehicles for global companies including Jaguar Land Rover, CNH, Bentley, JCB, Vauxhall, Caterpillar and BAE Systems, along with specialist organisations such as Supacat and Prodrive.
Accredited by: Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
This course is accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
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 automotive 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.