Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Undergraduate study

“Loughborough was invaluable in helping secure my graduate position at Rolls Royce PLC…”

Alex

Year of Study: 5th
Qualification(s): MEng (Hons)
Course: Aeronautical Engineering

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

I decided to go with Loughborough because of its great reputation in engineering, as well as its location. I also liked the campus setting which made being a new student a lot easier, as everything I needed was already to hand. Coming out of college I knew I wanted to do something that involved mathematics, with elements of science and computing. After several recommendations and comparing various league tables, I was led to consider engineering at Loughborough.

Do you have a favourite project/module on your course?

One of the hardest modules on the course covers the design of a jet engine and it’s also by far the most rewarding module. You get to have a go at designing an engine by yourself – it’s an extremely useful module for anyone who wants to learn about the engineering behind plane movement.

What are some of the exciting things you can do on your course?

I had the opportunity to go to Cranfield University and experience several test flights to try out different flying modes, which was a great way to learn more about the balance and flight dynamics of aircraft. The department also houses a flight simulator which undergraduates are able to use as a way of experiencing piloting a small aircraft.

I also spent a year of my course at Rolls-Royce Plc based in Derby. It was immensely beneficial and a lot of what I had learned at Loughborough was applied, particularly in aerodynamics and fluid mechanics. It was a great opportunity to use my knowledge and learn more about the industry whilst experiencing being part of a professional workplace.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

There are many lecturers from around the world who teach at Loughborough, all coming from either industry or academia and so resulting in a huge wealth of knowledge. Labs are led by either lecturers or experienced PhD students who are studying the field.

Have you had any support from the University?

The Careers Centre at the University is very useful. I have used it multiple times for CV checks as well as for mock interviews to help me get my placement job.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

Loughborough University has very strong links to industry and I have been offered a job at Rolls-Royce Plc after I graduate. This is one of the best engineering companies in the country and Loughborough was invaluable in helping secure my position there, from having an excellent relationship with Rolls-Royce Plc to the fantastic Careers Centre that answered any questions and provided all sorts of advice.

What would you say to someone considering your course?

Go for it, it’s a great course at a great university. There’s a huge amount of expertise and knowledge at Loughborough and although the course can be demanding at times, there’s still a lot of time for extracurricular activities like societies and sports.

How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?

I’ve been a member of the Loughborough Students’ Union Computer Society since I joined Loughborough and this has been a great source of new friends and fun in my spare time. The societies are all student-run and there are a lot of them – you can always find something to interest you.