"I was offered a place on the Programme and Project Management Graduate scheme at Airbus whilst in my final year of university. The scheme is made up of several placements, one of which can be at a different company. I spent four months with the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) land-speed record project team. I worked most days with land speed record holder Andy Green and engineers doing ground-breaking work at the forefront of their respective fields."
"I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the start team for all 21 dynamic tests of the car at Newquay Airport."
Bloodhound Supersonic Car - image credit Stefan Marjoram
"Plymouth's extended science foundation helped me get onto the engineering pathway, particularly useful considering I only had two A levels in English and French, both grade D! Location was another large driver in choosing Plymouth, being by the sea and Dartmoor and still having lots of cultural/arts events nearby to go to is amazing.
The engineering course itself, has shown me how to deal with juggling lots of work and deadlines effectively. It built my confidence, ability to think on the spot and defend my arguments through assessed debates, which is useful in a work environment. We were taught to consider environmental and ethical issues that we may meet in our careers, which is really important and eye-opening."
"Completing my engineering degree at the University of Plymouth has prepared me well for the future. Particularly, the various presentations required has massively improved my confidence and working with many different people has improved my teamwork skills.
The library service was key in helping me achieve my degree along with the help and support I received from lecturers on the course, particularly during my dissertation. Ultimately, the most helpful thing the University did was making it possible for me to go part-time for my final year, allowing me to achieve the best I could and gain work experience at the same time."
Development Engineer, BOC Edwards
Founder, Eco Filtration Solutions (Eco FS)
"The idea is based on technology developed in the 1960's for the water industry but it has only recently possible to adopt this technology for solvents due to new research. The consultancy also acts as adviser to Fine Tubes on similar eco-wise issues.
It’s a big adventure for me and a chance to help in the fight to improve the global environment and tackle climate change. I really see this going global but I am very keen to keep a base in Plymouth. It is a great city, full of opportunities.”
Design Engineer; Co-founder, Director and Trustee
“I recommend education to anyone who has an enquiring mind, but I recommend Plymouth to anyone who wants to have fun living and learning in the same place.”
"I left university and went straight into a job at a paper converting machine company in Southway. I saw the job on a board in the mechanical engineering block and was hired as a Design Engineer. Following a year 'on the drawing boards' I was let loose on several designs of paper napkin making machines. After four years’ service I moved into packaging machinery at Kliklok Woodman in Bristol where I designed and patented two designs for handling cake and biscuit products."
Dr Chiew Seon Tan
Senior Control Engineer, Alstom Power Technology
None of this would have been possible without the help I received from the University of Plymouth. Brought up and educated in Malaysia, neither of my parents went to university but I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to study at Plymouth.
"Plymouth is such a lovely place, very vibrant indeed. The University's International Office organises many events to make sure students from overseas feel welcome, and I found the lecturers very receptive and helpful. I really miss the place.”