Where will Resistant Materials and / or Product Design take me? 

 

Engineering, Technology and Design are subjects that have a tremendous impact on society as a whole. For example:

  • Engineering is important to the growth of the low carbon economy. The Department for Energy and Climate Change estimates that the renewable energy sector alone could create 500,000 new jobs by 2020;
  • Humans use technology to travel, to communicate, to learn, to do business and to live in comfort (SOURCE: Use of Technology);
  • Design can help by making it easier to live up to our aspirations: by making stairs a more accessible and enticing option than escalators, for example, or creating open spaces where people want to gather instead of being trapped in their cubicles. By shaping the objects, interactions and environments we live around and within, design literally changes the world (SOURCE: Design for Mankind).

 

Skills you can develop

As well as the specific knowledge gained from studying for a degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers and which will increase your employability.

For Engineering and Technology students the employability skills you will develop include:

  • solving problems with creative and innovative strategies
  • being logical and pragmatic, interested in the process necessary for a concept to become a product
  • having the ability to design and develop economically viable products
  • being conscious of global social, cultural and environmental issues in relation to engineering and technology
  • attention to detail, numeracy and high levels of computer literacy
  • being effective communicators, capable of team working and able to take on responsibility.

For Design students there are a range of skills that you will develop including:

  • communicating design outputs using appropriate forms of representation
  • recognising and integrating the expertise of others when designing
  • being independent and self-motivated, and managing your workload to meet deadlines
  • making use of appropriate online environments for the purpose of research, communication and learning, both individually and collaboratively.

Career opportunities

In the UK many graduates enter employment where a degree in any subject would be acceptable. In this instance what they offer the employer is evidence of the range of competencies which have been developed through their academic study, rather than the specific subject content of their degree. This page will focus on careers directly related to Engineering, Technology and Design, but f you want to explore all of the choices open to you, also refer to the Further Resources section.

Given the current economic climate and the increased competition for graduate positions, it is important to consider a range of occupational areas. Bear in mind that many careers require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your first degree.

We advise you to thoroughly research your career choices as early as possible, particularly in relation to experience required, differences that relate to where you live, or where the study choices you make may affect future opportunities.

The UK has great strengths in its engineering, technology and design sectors, being world leaders in areas such as aerospace, motor sports and energy. The demand for professional engineers, technologists and designers who can come up with creative ideas and implement cost effective solutions has remained steady despite changes in global economies. Engineering, technology and design continue to be at the heart of wealth-generating industries, particularly with increasing developments in and focus on urban design, sustainability, digital and mobile technology.

The Confederation of British Industry estimates that by 2014 three quarters of a million extra jobs requiring science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills will be available. Demand for jobs has been created by new technologies, particularly nanotechnology, and graduates can find employment across a whole range of manufacturing and service industries. For further information on STEM in the different regions of England see the National STEM Centre website.

Growth areas are predicted to be

  • energy/environment
  • nuclear engineering
  • petroleum engineering
  • nanotechnology and biotechnology
  • telecommunications
  • aerospace, space technology and exploration
  • civil engineering
  • robotics
  • biomedical engineering
  • creative industries
  • automotive industry (low carbon vehicle development in particular).

Campaigns such as WISE (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction) have emerged to tackle the low rates of women in STEM subjects and a growing skills shortage. Several large companies and professional organisations also have mentoring schemes for women. TheWomen's Engineering Society is a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration and support to women entering the profession.

Opportunities exist in research, design and development, commissioning, project management, technical sales and marketing, technical journalism and patent work. With appropriate experience and qualifications it is also possible to be a self-employed consultant.

UK trained engineers are also in demand for projects abroad and as employees of international firms.

The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession and SEMTA is the sector skills council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing. They provide a gateway to news, information and resources for those pursuing a career in science, engineering and technology.

Use the Prospects website to explore career options related to this subject. Click on your subject to see examples of job roles and get information for further research.

If you live in Ireland look at the relevant information on career sectors and jobs with your degreeon the Gradireland website.

To find out about ways of gaining experience through volunteering see our voluntary workpages. You can also use the searchable databases on the following web sites:

Postgraduate Study

Many Engineering, Technology and Design graduates undertake further study on completion of their first degree and/or after gaining relevant work experience. Reasons for doing so include wanting to explore an aspect of their studies in more depth, to further or change their career, because a specific postgraduate qualification is either an entry requirement for their chosen career, e.g. studying for a Masters or Doctorate in order to become a Chartered Engineer, or because it would be an advantage if entry is competitive.

Generally postgraduate study can open up opportunities to work in higher education, research, specific skill areas and perhaps consultancy.

There are a range of Engineering, Technology and Design related OU postgraduate study options such as the MEng (to gain chartered status), Systems Thinking in Practice and Technology Management.

It is important to research further study options comprehensively by exploring the range of postgraduate courses and research opportunities on offer, and funding possibilities, to ensure you make the correct choice, for the right reasons and importantly that you can afford it, as funding for postgraduate study is very different to the undergraduate system.

Top universities for D&T related subjects

Engineering General

Cambridge

Nottingham

Imperial

 

Product Design

BSc Industrial Product Design Engineering  – Loughborough

BSc Industrial Product Design Engineering – Brunel

BSc Industrial Product Design Engineering – Newcastle

MEng – Design Engineering – Imperial College  

 

Mechanical Engineering

MEng Mech Eng – Cambridge

MEng Mech Eng – Imperial College

BEng Mech Eng – Bristol

MEng Mech Eng – Bath

 

Aeronautical Engineering  

MEng Aerospace engineering - Bath

MEng Aeronautical Engineering - Imperial College

MEng Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace - Southampton

 MEng Aerospace engineering - Bristol

 

Automotive Engineering

MEng Automotive Engineering - Warwick

MEng Automotive Engineering - Loughborough

 

VERY important to note – often a better option for Aero, Auto, Mech Engineers is to secure apprenticeships. Previous students have had secure employment, paid to train, get a degree as part of apprenticeships and have no debt. BJC has contacts at several firms looking for apprentices

 

Admissions criteria (Correct 02/06/15 - Admissions criteria can/do change yearly)

 

Product Design Engineering

Loughborough - ABB from 3 A-Levels including grade B in A-Level Design and Technology or Art and Design

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·         Brunel - GCE A-level ABB, including at least Grade B in Design and Technology, Product Design, Art or Art and Design and at least Grade B Maths or Physics (General Studies not accepted for this subject at all).

 

·         Newcastle - GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 320 UCAS Tariff points including GCE/VCE A level in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science or Design Technology.

Imperial – The minimum requirement is A*AA overall, to include:

·         Grade A (minimum) in Mathematics

All other scientific and non–scientific A-levels will be considered towards the requirement.

 

Mechanical Engineering

Cambridge - Typical offers require
A Level: A*A*A
IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
Some Colleges may also require STEP Mathematics.
For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages.

 

Imperial College - The normal entry requirements for all our courses are at least three suitable subjects at A-level.

We require A*AAA or A*A*A in Mathematics, Physics and further relevant A-levels, one of which must be from Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Biology, Electronics, Computing or Economics. You also need at least a grade B in English Language at GCSE, or equivalent. Foundation courses are not accepted.

Bristol - A*AA including Mathematics and Physics; or AAA in Mathematics, Physics and Further Mathematics

 

Bath - Typical Offer: A*AA

In exceptional circumstances we may make a slightly lower offer (typically AAA)

A level subject requirements

o     Mathematics grade A or above

o    Physics grade A or above

o    A* required in either Mathematics or Physics

o    General Studies will not be included in the offer

o    Languages which are intended for non-native speakers are not normally acceptable when taken by native speaker of that language

Preferred subjects

We prefer the third A level to be in a relevant subject such as Further Mathematics,  Design and Technology or a traditional subject.

Last year, besides Mathematics and Physics, the top 3 subjects offered by successful candidates were:

o    Further Mathematics 43%

o    Chemistry 33%

o    Design & Technology 12%

 

Aeronautical Engineering

Bath - Typical Offer: A*AA

In exceptional circumstances we may make a slightly lower offer (typically AAA)

A level subject requirements

o     Mathematics grade A or above

o    Physics grade A or above

o    A* required in either Mathematics or Physics

o    General Studies will not be included in the offer

o    Languages which are intended for non-native speakers are not normally acceptable when taken by native speaker of that language

Preferred subjects

We prefer the third A level to be in a relevant subject such as Further Mathematics,  Design and Technology or a traditional subject.

Last year, besides Mathematics and Physics, the top 3 subjects offered by successful candidates were:

o    Further Mathematics 43%

o    Chemistry 33%

o    Design & Technology 12%

 

 

Imperial College - Our minimum requirement for both courses is for three subjects to be passed at A-level with grades A*A*A or four subjects with grades A*AAA. You must achieve:

·         A* in Mathematics

·         A*/A in Physics

·         A in a third A-level

·         A in a fourth subject

 

Southampton - A Levels: A levels: A*AA, including mathematics and physics (A* in either). General studies, critical thinking and use of maths not accepted

 

Bristol - A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, with one of these at A*

 

Automotive Engineering

Warwick - A level AAB, to include A level Mathematics or Physics (ideally both)

Loughborough - AAA including Maths and Physics

 

 

Apprenticeships

http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/sector/engineering

http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/sector/mechanic-and-automotive

http://www.ford-apprenticeships.co.uk/

http://www.siemens.co.uk/careers/en/students/apprenticeships/our-apprenticeships.htm