- Subject area
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
I chose to study Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough because of the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering’s good links with industry. I also really liked that the university is campus-based and there are lots of sports facilities.
The facilities within the School were excellent. In particular, the laboratory facilities were great, especially for the practical projects which often had a link with industry. The course also covered a broad range of topics, which were applied to real life situations so that we could see how the theory we were learning was applicable to industry.
I have learnt a lot from my degree, including key engineering principles, project management techniques, computer-aided design (CAD) and coding, to name a few. The Careers Network was also useful in providing guidance on CV writing and tips for when applying for jobs, which was really useful when I was trying to secure my graduate role.
I am now working at GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) in Hertfordshire. I am part way through their Graduate Programme Scheme. I work as a Platform Engineer for the manufacture of inhaler devices, and I am responsible for managing improvement projects to ensure our product can be supplied to the patient on time and to the correct quality standard. I am also a mentor for an industrial placement student, which I really enjoy as I also did a placement at GSK, so know what they are going through.
After my final year, having spoken to my manager from my placement, I returned to GSK, and the team I was in during my year out, as a contract worker. This is where I found out about the site's graduate programme and applied to join in September 2019. The scheme is great, as I get to work in different departments and get a variety of experiences. Since joining the scheme, I have worked in Production in Tablet Manufacture, and I am now in Engineering for Respiratory Devices. I am also working towards my Chartership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which I hope to achieve in the next three years.
Manufacturing Engineering is everywhere and in every industry. When I opted to choose Healthcare Engineering, I hadn't even considered that sector for engineering. My course showed me lots of applications of engineering in different industries which opened my eyes to so many opportunities I hadn’t considered before. The course helped me build the basic skills and knowledge as well as industry links throughout the course, which has helped me transfer easily from university study to working in industry as an engineer.
All the skills I've gained that are transferable to my role along with coming from a reputable university helped me to secure a job and having a master's degree has helped me even more with working towards my chartership.