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Charles Dean

Design Engineer: Team Consulting Ltd.

Charles Dean graduated from a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014. Currently working as a Design Engineer for Team Consulting Ltd, Charles works on medical device development projects for pharmaceutical and med-tech devices. Here Charles discusses the importance of his Loughborough University degree in his everyday life and career.

Why did you choose to study Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University?

I knew it would be a challenge. I was fairly sure the subject itself would resonate with me, but even if it didn't, I was certain I would be surrounded by ambitious, intelligent and creative students and staff that I could learn from. Like many of my peers, I enjoy solving problems and have a relentless curiosity for how things worked, this was the perfect place to satisfy both.

How has gaining a degree from Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

On paper, it has equipped me with the skills and experience necessary to meet the job specification. In reality, remarkably, it has done exactly the same. I am fortunate enough to have tapped into nearly every module covered on my degree in the workplace. I've had to dig deep in my brain and my parent's loft to recover what I had once learned in lectures to put into practice at work. Thankfully most of it is starting to become second nature. It continues to amaze me how relevant and thorough the education I received at Loughborough has been to my career so far.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Respect the course and those who make it what it is. They really know what they're doing even when it looks to you like they don't.

Did you take part in any extra- curricular activities during your studies? If so, what impact did these have on your experience?

Yes, in my final year I joined the Shaolin (Hung Kuen) Kung Fu Club. I joined hoping to meet some different people outside of my course; turns out many of them were Engineers too! Still I managed to make friends; keep fit and even met my fiancée there.

Did you take on a placement year or any work experience during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your degree?

With the help of the department, I was lucky enough to secure a placement year in Malaysia. This was fundamental in teaching me how to apply engineering principles in a non-academic environment. I feel this experience has given me a competitive edge which will maintain its value far beyond simply securing a graduate job.

Can you tell us more about working for Team Consulting?

Team Consulting works on a variety of high profile medical device development projects. As the name suggests, we work in closely knit teams across these projects, delivering top quality multi-disciplinary skills to our clients. The medical device industry is very tightly regulated, which requires thorough engineering work and close attention to detail. This has forced me to stay on top of my work and taught me how to be more effective, rigorous and diligent.

What does your current job role entail and how does this compare with your graduate position there?

As a Design Engineer, I still use the same skills as when I was a graduate, but with more confidence and autonomy. My work involves both practical and analytical tasks to inform design decisions necessary to bring a medical device to manufacture. I have the opportunity to utilise and develop a variety of engineering skills, such as MATLAB, CAD, tolerance analysis, FEA, product design, design for manufacture, etc. Having such variety from when I joined as a graduate has allowed me to hone the skills gained recently from Loughborough.

How did you find your transition from University life into work?

Seamless, thanks to the placement experience. It took me months to settle into the working life on placement, I'm glad I got most of that over with when the stakes were lower.

What do you love the most about your job?

Variety & diversity: the dynamic environment at Team has kept me on my toes and maintained a drive to continue to develop. There is so much to learn from so many different people here.

Where do you see yourself going in the future?

Gaining experience at Team Consulting in the hopes of becoming a Consultant with more independence and responsibilities; maybe one day being design team lead on a project. The medical engineering industry isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and neither will I.

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