James Goodship at work

My enthusiasm for the marine environment stems from my passion for sailing. Studying the BEng Marine Technology degree at University of Plymouth gave me the opportunity to move closer towards my goal of becoming a professional engineer in the marine industry, as well as the chance to do more sailing. 

Upon graduation, I was accepted onto a graduate training scheme for a leading shipbuilder. I am now Design Engineer for small craft specialist, VT Halmatic. It is a challenging but enjoyable role. I’m working on several commercially sensitive projects and have been given greater responsibility than I expected during my first placement, really putting my understanding of marine systems to the test. My biggest project so far has been an engine refit for a 14 metre diving training boat built by the company in the 1980s. It has really challenged my understanding of marine systems.

The marine technology degree at Plymouth offers a work placement year which, I believe, put me at a great advantage when it came to obtaining employment. Any work experience in industry is a very useful tool. I am also a member of various professional engineering institutions, which proves very useful when discussing current issues with colleagues and other professional engineers.