Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: David Cockrem
Course: Mechanical Engineering MSc
"I decided to study an MSc shortly after beginning my career as an engineer. When I left Kingston in 2005 with an Automotive Engineering Design BEng(Hons) I wanted to gain some experience before specialising with an MSc. I joined the four-year Thales Graduate Development Programme (GDP) in 2006 as a mechanical design engineer and later enrolled on the Mechanical Engineering MSc in January 2008. The aim of the Thales GDP is to develop well-rounded, high-quality professional employees, and supporting trainees towards appropriate professional qualification underpinned by UK-SPEC competencies. Studying an MSc accredited by the IMechE is one way to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer. Because of this, obtaining a postgraduate qualification was very important both to me and to Thales. It allowed me to develop myself and bring new skills and knowledge into the business such as the latest material processes and project management techniques.
I chose Kingston because the course content was right for the business and myself. The module delivery was excellent for part-time students which enabled me to plan my work efficiently and minimise my time away from the office. My work with Thales is varied and I am still learning every day building on both my technical and commercial knowledge.
The projects I work on can be hugely rewarding, designing a product and seeing it through to manufacture and testing is very satisfying. The challenges faced in the defence industry both with respect to the high levels of performance and the consistent demands to reduce costs make the role of mechanical engineers even more challenging and exciting.
My final-year thesis was based on a work project to develop a complicated electro-optic assembly capable of withstanding impact shocks of over 20,000g and maintain full operability. This project was undertaken at work and under the university supervision of Dr Redha Benhadj-Djilali, a principal lecturer at Kingston. I would recommend investing in a postgraduate qualification to anyone who wants to enhance their knowledge of mechanical engineering principals and commercial awareness. I have learnt from my experience so far that the skills I have gained in CAD/CAM and financial resourcing are directly transferred to the work place and will help towards gaining Chartered Engineer status."
Name: Bob Bhatti
Course: Mechanical Engineering MSc
"I completed my in Engineering Product Design BSc(Hons) degree in 1995 and since have been working for various well-established clients including Ford Motor Company, Fiat, Sony, Alcatel, Kimberly Clark, Vent-Axia, Brittax, Scania and am currently employed by Formula One Management Ltd. Responsible for component design to project and team management, I have to-date gained an extensive range of engineering experience and achieved IEng status in 2006. In 2010, I also successfully designed, manufactured and launched my own consumer product into the UK marketplace. At Formula One Management, I currently reside as a Principle Mechanical Design Engineer within the R&D department to develop mechanical solutions to ultimately support F1 broadcasting activities.
I have always endeavoured to further progress my academic skills to potentially move into engineering management, but felt that due to employment commitments, I was unable to give further education my complete focus and attention. However, in 2011 I was encouraged to pursue my ambitions by my employer and after careful review of various MScs for their technical engineering content and delivery structure I opted for Kingston University to begin a two-year part-time Mechanical Engineering MSc. Furthermore, this qualification was accredited by the IMechE and would support my application for CEng status on completion.
My reason for selecting Kingston University was due to the fact that teaching modules were delivered in one-week blocks which suited me and my employer as well as offering an excellent balance of engineering tools, module options, lecture content including business and project management, all supported with industry guest lecturers. The facilities also available in the workshops and laboratories were also impressive and supported me in completing my research.
For my thesis, I completed an in-depth study into low-volume rapid manufacturing solutions. The primary objectives were to research additive manufacturing technologies and potentially introduce them in-house to replace existing conventional manufacturing methods. This involved technical and financial research to understand how this introduction would provide any business advantage. Dr Redha Benhadj-Djilali supported me throughout this project and provided quality guidance, direction and motivation to achieve outstanding results. For core part of the project, CNC production parts were redesigned for additive manufacturing processes that resulted in being 75% lighter, 41% more cost-effective and produced within days instead of weeks by using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology.
My experience was intense, balancing full-time employment, business travel, family commitments and study itself, but by spreading the lectures over two years, completing each stage methodically, accompanied with online access to teaching materials, it allowed me to gain my qualification successfully."
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The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.