After graduation I’ll be pursuing further study but there are many fellow course mates that’ll be entering the work force within a variety of engineering environments. Most will identify themselves to be engineers, and they have no reason not to, but for many becoming an engineer is about achieving Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with a relevant engineering institution. You’re probably already aware that all the engineering degrees at Leicester are accredited namely by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Achieving the CEng status has many positives associated with it (read all about them) and is usually healthily rewarded by management, or so I’m told. Affiliation with these institutions can begin once you are enrolled on an undergraduate course. This membership provides you with a network of peers as well as access to publications, research and conferences.
Membership for students is usually very cheap (sometimes free) and the magazine subscriptions and networking opportunities are undeniably useful. This blog was inspired after thumbing through the May issue of Professional Engineering (PE – IMechEs magazine) and reading about the Rolls-Royce Environmentally Friendly Engine (EFE) program which involves modifying a Trent 1000 to remove the fan blades and, instead, affix a four-stage booster which feeds into the IP compressor. This means the engine is now a turbojet rather than a turbofan and the focus is to improve propulsive efficiency by improving the thermal efficiency of the engine. Rather than going on about it, you can read it here.
It remains to be said, join the institution(s) relevant to your degree and go along to any events you can as they might help whet your appetite to a particular avenue of engineering. But before you do all that, take 5 minutes to watch this video of a Sauber F1 car cut in half.