Graduate completed Automotive Engineering Master’s Degree after studying at the UTC

16 August 2021

Graduate completed Automotive Engineering Master’s Degree after studying at the UTC


Why did you join the UTC?
A UTC teacher came to my previous school and gave us a talk about the opportunities available there, including information about the IT and Engineering industries, which persuaded me to apply. I joined in the first year, which was an incredible experience. I wanted to progress my technical and Engineering abilities, so I thought the UTC would be the right place to do so.

What did you enjoy about the UTC?
I liked the hands-on element of Engineering at the UTC, and the fact that it’s taught at such a high level. I enjoyed the work-orientated projects and working with employers. For example, I visited RWE Staythorpe Power Station and the JRL Plant at Solihull. Additionally, employers like PES Performance and Polypipe came to the UTC to deliver live briefs. Structuring work around real-life problems was beneficial.

I travelled quite far to get to the UTC every day, but it was worth the commute. The staff are accommodating and supportive, so it’s a nice environment to be in.

What was the Engineering equipment like?
We had access to a wide range of equipment, including 3D printers, Centre lathes and milling machines. I enjoyed using the FESTO room, where Siemens did active TANKS and PLC programming, which is quite a big thing in the automotive engineering industry. The investment and resources that the UTC had were better than anywhere else than I’ve experienced so far, which was a highlight for me.

My tutors took us through a CAD module where I worked alongside the Bloodhound SSC Landspeed record car, with top employers in industry. This was a fantastic experience, as we all got to put a design forward, which was inspired by the Bloodhound car. PES Performance helped us to develop our skills and knowledge.

What are you doing now?
I’ve just finished my Master’s Degree at Sheffield Hallam University in Automotive Engineering. The UTC prepared me for this, as I learnt about CAD, processing, and materials. I’m about to start a Graduate Scheme at Rolls-Royce Aerospace, which I’m looking forward to.

What would you say to students who are considering joining the UTC?
I would say to go for it! It was the best thing I ever did. Studying here helped me to develop my maturity and confidence. The UTC gave me an insight into the different roles within Engineering, which I wasn’t aware of before.