Professional Practice for Energy Engineers


The "Professional Practice for Mechanical Engineers" module relies somewhat on the ideology of Collaborative learning where learning is a naturally social act and learners benefit when exposed to diverse viewpoints from people with varied backgrounds.This module is designed to deliver a practical experience of work as a professional engineer, building on knowledge and experience gained from modules in the Energy Engineering Programmes. As such, the module consists of three elements, namely:

  • Group Project using BIM software to design Energy generating and consuming services for a non-domestic building, focusing on Heating, Cooling, ventilation, filtration, lighting and power systems. Students will simulate the energy consumption of the building and optimise the design for minimum energy consumption and maximum comfort /  performance.
  • Project Management, planning and managing the design and execution of the group project.
  • Work experience. Students will obtain work placement in a relevant industry partner, and will gain valuable experience in a real-world engineering setting. Work experience will commence at the end of term and will be assessed on a pass/fail basis based on the demonstration of the learners' ability within the working environment.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use the tools and techniques used for standardized team based project planning and management.

  2. Apply Project Planning and Management tools to plan, manage and control the operation of the project. 

  3. Analyse personal skills and characteristics to develop a CV related to Work Placement career strategy

  4. Present and articulate their skills and experience professionally (e.g. in an interview situation)

  5. Apply the engineering knowledge, tools and theory, learned on their chosen programme to the solution of broadly defined engineering problem

  6. Use the technical literature and other resources to find and evaluate information relevant to the project.

  7. Implement appropriate engineering solutions through the design, build, and testing of a device or system

  8. Analyse project outcomes and effectively communicate project details and results to both specialist and non-specialist audiences through written technical reports, posters, videos, and oral presentations

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