The University of Wolverhampton

BEng (Hons)Mechanical Engineering

Aims

The Mechanical Engineering course provides for a comprehensive engineering education covering design, engineering mathematics and its application, the core concepts of mechanics, thermodynamics, structural dynamics, materials and the behaviour of fluids. As you progress through the course, you will also cover the principles of control systems, advanced materials and manufacturing processes including Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)/ 3D-printing of plastics and metals. You will use computer aided modelling, design and analysis software to validate product designs. Analysing the performance of materials and structures under in-service conditions through the use of finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics is one highlight of the course. Accordingly, you will have the ability to use industry level FEA packages to analyse the performance of various engineering components.

Entry requirements

2015 Entry

  • A minimum of 200 points from at least two A Levels including Maths and either a technology or science-based subject, or equivalent qualification(s)
  • BTEC National Diploma in Engineering
  • Successful completion of the Techology Foundation Year
  • Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English, Maths and a technology or science-based subject at grade C or above (or equivalent)

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience please consult the UCAS tariff tables or contact us before applying.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Fees and finance

2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,050
Part time - *

2015/6 Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. As a guide please find below fees for last year.

2014/5 Home/EU International
Full time £8,900 £10,700
Part time £2,645

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2014/5. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

Employability

Mechanical Engineers may choose industrially based careers in research and development, design, or product development. The combination of engineering skills, design capability and management provides graduates of this course with a wide range of employment opportunities in technical environments across the world. Typical examples include the co-ordination of activities related to product and process design of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, and the management of projects in a wide range of technical environments.

The course enables graduates to attain management positions, with significant levels of responsibility within a relatively short time.

Graduates may also study for a research degree, MPhil/PhD, with the Department.

The transferable skills gained during the course, including: project management, group working, and analytical thinking, also enable a graduate to pursue careers in non-technical fields such as: law, accountancy, authoring, and computing.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the institute of Mechanical engineers. The course is accredited by the institution of Engineering and technology for intakes up to 2013/14 and it is currently being sought for the 2014/15 intake. Students entering directly into final year of the course should enquire as to the accreditation status.

Course content

All of our degrees have a common first year, allowing you to experience a range of subjects before deciding on the course you wish to follow. You will study Mathematics, and the underlying concepts of Electrical, Mechanical, Materials, and Production Engineering. You will undertake laboratory work; and utilise your new production knowledge to build and test a design.

In the second year, you will extend your knowledge of the engineering technologies and management, create design specifications, and become proficient in the use of a 3D CAD package. You will also learn the role and responsibilities of a professional engineer.

Following the second academic year, you are encouraged to undertake a placement year in industry, thereby improving your employment prospects and forming part of your record of professional development as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer.

In your final year, you will complete an individual project, further develop your integrative approach to designing electro-mechanical systems, develop global management skills, and learn how to convert an idea into a commercial venture.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

· design and synthesise mechanical engineering products including electro-mechanical systems, systems, and processes, and demonstrate an innovative approach to design realisation

· evaluate a range of solutions to engineering problems, drawn from a broad-based knowledge of engineering and technology specialities

· select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems in the analysis and synthesis of mechanical engineering systems

· contribute to teamwork effectively and ethically, addressing the prominent engineering, social, environmental, and commercial issues

· select and apply appropriate software packages for design, analysis, and synthesis applications and critically evaluate the results

· relate theory and practice, thereby facilitating the efficient realisation of viable mechanical engineering products and processes

Why Wolverhampton?

Responding to the regional and national shortage of graduate qualified Engineers the University of Wolverhampton is currently investing over £10m in new Engineering facilities at its Telford Innovation Campus and City Campus in Wolverhampton.

New Engineering courses on offer from 2015 share a design that incorporates significant elements of problem and activity-based learning and live industrial project-work. The courses have embedded themes of creativity, employability, professional engineering, and sustainability and the environment. All of our courses are designed to meet the latest standards for accreditation as defined by the Engineering Council.

Students studying Engineering courses will have access to new specialist equipment and technology that is at the forefront of engineering developments. This includes a design and visualisation facility modeled on best-practice in industry, wind tunnels (including a formula-1 specification rolling road wind tunnel), engine test facilities, a composites laboratory, 3-d printing facilities, an electronics and telecommunications laboratory, a metrology laboratory and a materials testing laboratory.

Our aim is for our graduates to be ready for employment. We provide additional opportunities for students to gain employability skills, with employability workshops and awards as part of the course. In addition and to further develop employability skills, we offer ‘Club Activities’. These currently include the IMechE Formula Student Activity, the Human Powered Flight Club, the Flight Simulator Club and the Formula Renault 2l Racing Team Club. These are great fun, and the only conditions to entry are that you need to engage and demonstrate commitment.

All engineering courses are offered from the Telford Innovation Campus, located close to Telford town centre in rural Shropshire. Chemical Engineering is the exception to this, and this is offered at City Campus in Wolverhampton.

Testimonials

“I have worked in the Aerospace industry as a Structural Designer for the last 20 years. As an apprentice I attained an HNC in Metals Technology.

When I decided to move back into Higher Education it was not without some trepidation. I found the lecturers to be extremely helpful and their technical knowledge was extremely sound.

My interaction with the lecturers outside of the classroom has been very positive and has helped me to maintain my motivation.

I feel that every single module I have studied has enhanced my level of knowledge as an Engineer and will enhance my employability in the future.

The facilities provided by the University are fantastic and I have never found them lacking.

I feel very proud and privileged to be a student at the University of Wolverhampton and I would encourage anyone who is interested in Engineering to give serious consideration to the University of Wolverhampton.”

Marcus Hayward

Marcus is a current student on the Mechanical Engineering course, and has previously worked for: Airbus; Airbus (North America); BAE Systems; British Aerospace; Boeing Aerospace Corporation; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation; Rolls-Royce Deutschland; and Rolls-Royce PLC.

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