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My main reason for choosing the marine technology course at Plymouth was because of its accreditation by the Institute of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technicians (IMarEST), as well as the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) - my long-term aim being to achieve Chartered Engineer status. 

The course certainly lived up to its reputation, the work set throughout was both challenging and of a very high standard. I was also given the opportunity to complete a joint engineering project with Auburn University in the USA. I had a great time and I’d say to anyone considering taking a course at Plymouth University that they would not be disappointed.

Before beginning my degree, I had been Technical Apprentice for the MOD at Devonport dockyard, studying naval architecture. After graduation I chose to return to the MOD on their Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) development scheme.

The best thing about my work is the range of different jobs I get to do, giving me experience in policy, finance, human resources, engineering and project management. My work has also taken me all over the UK and even to Washington DC. Now I’m running and developing the DESG scheme, managing 40 sponsored students and 120 graduates who are training towards Chartered or Incorporate Engineer level. I am also soon to become a Chartered Engineer and will be returning to Devonport dockyard.