Professional Practice for Mechanical 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. It provides students with the opportunity to manage and control a team based design, build, test project (DBT) whilst also affording students the opportunity to apply their engineering knowledge, tools and theory, learned on their chosen programme to the solution of broadly defined engineering problems during work experience. As such, the module consists of three elements, namely:
- Project Management
- Team based DPT project
- Work experience
Work experience preparation takes place during the term while the placement commences in April for students that successfully source a placement.
Use the tools and techniques used for standardised team based project planning and management.
Apply Project Planning and Management tools to plan, manage and control the operation of the project.
Analyse personal skills and characteristics to develop a CV related to Work Placement career strategy.
Present and articulate their skills and experience professionally (e.g. in an interview situation).
Apply the engineering knowledge, tools and theory, learned on their chosen programme to the solution of broadly defined engineering problem.
Use the technical literature and other resources to find and evaluate information relevant to the project.
Implement appropriate engineering solutions through the design, build, and testing of a device or system.
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