Mechanical Engineering
Dr Shabnam Sadeghi Esfahlani
the University of Surrey
Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

About this Subject Spotlight

In this captivating Subject Spotlight titled "Forces at Work: Mechanical Engineers and the World We Live In," Dr Shabnam Sadeghi Esfahani delves deep into the realm of mechanical engineering. She begins by defining mechanical engineering and some of the fundamental laws of physics that underpin it. She then takes a detailed look at the key concepts in static structural analysis, and how to visually understand the forces acting on an object, before exploring how mechanical engineering contributes to aerospace engineering. Finally, Shabnam sets you some questions to pull together all your knowledge in this Spotlight and apply the new concepts you’ve learned.

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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University’s BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course emphasises an equal split of classroom and practical learning from day one, giving you the essential skills you need to enter a high-demand industry as a graduate engineer. This course meets the Engineering Council AHEP 4.0 requirements, and is accredited by IMechE and IET so you can apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status when you graduate. 

In year one, you will develop essential knowledge and skills in testing different materials and mechanical structures, adhering to safety criteria and creating technical reports. You will also gain a basic understanding of manufacturing processes and mechatronics by completing individual and group work to form a mechatronics product, all while considering sustainability, ethical, commercial, legal and quality standards. Year two will tackle more complex concepts and their applications within engineering, particularly relating to thermal systems. You will also consider design, materials and mechanical integrity when working as a team to improve the design of an existing mechanical product, while learning how to plan manufacturing methods, testing methods, validate your work through numerical analysis and adhere to legal and ethical guidelines. Your final year will add to your knowledge and skills by considering vibration in mechanical systems, and the different parts of a mechatronics system from sensing to actuation. A major focus will be your independent research project on a topic of your choice.   

This employer-informed course focuses on your career prospects from year one, with classroom time dedicated to making industry connections, understanding what the industry is like, and encouragement to join professional bodies. You will also work alongside other students on live brief projects supported by local and national engineering companies throughout your degree to develop essential team work, management and leadership, analysis and creative problem solving, and budgeting skills. You can also dedicate time outside your studies to pursuing an industry placement, internship or volunteering.  

You will have access to dedicated engineering labs where you will learn to design, measure, manufacture, repair and operate products in specialist workshops. These workshops house top-range facilities including: CAD/CAM and negative computer modelling centres, metal and plastic rapid prototyping machines, electrical testing and measuring equipment, and 3D printers.

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