The programme concentrates on skills and knowledge that have been identified as being important in the mechanical engineering industry. Analysis, design, manufacture and maintenance are core areas of study and application on this programme. Students also become familiar with complete engineering systems used in the production of consumer goods or mechanical instruments or devices used in the computer, medical or consumer areas.
Students will still gain considerable skills conducting laboratory work in a wide range of engineering subjects but there is a stronger emphasis placed on the analytical tools used in engineering to solve problems.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
In the present busy industrial environment there are excellent opportunities in the mechanical engineering field. The position of the technician engineer will involve the application of design ideas related to the delivery of the prototype and the confirmation that the prototype operates within the required specifications outlined initially. The technician will be mainly concerned with the fabrication, operation, testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance of the equipment. Engineers, technician engineers and technicians come together to form an important team which can design, apply theory in real situations and maintain the performance of complex equipment