Nat Colman

When applying to university I didn’t know exactly what ‘type’ of engineer I wanted to be, and so the option to gain insight into all disciplines during the first year really appealed to me.

The course allowed me to identify what I found stimulating, but the most significant experience this course gives you is appreciation of all areas of engineering, allowing students to integrate all aspects of a problem.

My summer placement was with DCA, a design consultancy who do innovative mechanical and industrial design. I also had a 12-week placement with Rolls-Royce, working in their turbine blade facility. My year placement was with Vestas, who design and manufacture wind turbines.

The opportunity to gain experience within industry is incredibly valuable; it teaches students how the ‘real-world’ works, which influences how you approach your final two years of the degree, and it helps build a great CV.

I am now with Atkins, within their Rail department and I’m working towards Chartership. The opportunities within a large Engineering Consultancy like Atkins are vast, and so although I am currently working on railway projects, I could end up applying what I gained from Engineering Design in another business such as aerospace, energy or defence.

Nat Colman (MEng, 2014), Systems Engineer
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