Aerospace Engineering Graduate: Joshua Mitchell

16 August 2021

Aerospace Engineering Graduate: Joshua Mitchell

UTC Sheffield City Centre Graduate Josh Mitchell is enthusiastic about pursing a career within the Engineering industry, after his positive experience at the UTC.

Why did you join the UTC?
I looked around the school and noticed that they had an excellent set of equipment, so that really appealed to me. I enjoy being creative and problem-solving, and the Engineering specialism at the UTC seemed like it would suit my skill set.

What are the facilities like?
There’s a mechatronics lab, and the University of Sheffield came in to deliver some training around the machinery in this workspace. Additionally, there were some 3D printers, which encouraged students to work out how everything works. Using the high-standard equipment has developed my knowledge of Engineering hugely, and there are some skills that I learnt during my UTC experience that helped me at university.

Did you get to work with any employers?
PES Solutions, an engineering design company, came into the UTC to deliver an assessment, which involved modelling and simulation work. We were given an underwater model and had to interpret and develop some engineering drawings. Rolls-Royce also came in to do one of our assessments as well, which developed my knowledge of the Engineering industry, as it brought it to life.

What have you been doing since you left the UTC?
I’ve just finished a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. The employer involvement at the UTC gave me the confidence to participate in extra-curricular activities during my time here. For example, I took part when a company called Endeavour set a challenge to complete in teams. Additionally, my final year Project group at university involved designing an aircraft, where I led and managed a group of students. This was a fantastic experience, and I don’t think I could have done it without my experience of Engineering at the UTC.

Do you know what you want to do in your future career?
I was looking at doing a Master’s Degree in Edinburgh. My time at the UTC has made me passionate about pursing a career within Engineering, so I’m thankful for this experience.

Do you have any advice for students who are considering joining the UTC?
If you really are interested in Engineering, then it’s such a fantastic opportunity. You gain knowledge in a wide variety of areas and have the chance to work both independently and in teams, so you develop lots of transferable skills that employers look for.