Placement Year

We strongly recommend the optional placement year. Although not a compulsory part of your course, the placement year is an invaluable addition to your academic studies:

  • Placements can provide valuable and interesting experience in a real engineering environment
  • An overseas placement lets you experience a different culture and, perhaps, language
  • A year's work experience improves your employability after graduation, and, in some cases, the placement company offers sponsorship during the final year and a job on graduation.
  • Placements can contribute to the training requirements for Chartered Engineer status

Past students have been placed with a wide variety of companies:

  • Aerospace: BAE Systems; Lockheed Martin; Rolls Royce Aero-Engines; Airbus; British Airways.
  • Automotive: Vauxhall; Rover; Porsche; Michelin Tyres; Perkins Engines (Diesels).
  • Construction: Mott MacDonald; W S Atkins; Halcrow Group; Carillion; Costain Group.
  • Oil and Energy: Shell Exploration (Aberdeen); Esso; BP; Powergen; BNFL.
  • Other: Renolds Gears; Chloride Motive Power (batteries); Osram (light bulbs); Henrob (self-piercing riveters); British Steel