Students studying on the BEng
(Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Top-up) degree have enjoyed
enhancing their skills and knowledge here at the University Centre Wigan &
They have taken what
they have learnt and integrated their enhanced skills into the work place to benefit
their companies and themselves individually.
Batch Binder and Furnace Technician, Matt Unsworth and Research
and Development Engineer, Scott Williams both work at Nippon Electric Glass
based in Hindley.
Matt completed his HNC and HND here before coming on to the
Top-up degree and had a basic understanding with CAD design, but since being on the BEng
course he has become a much more competent CAD drawer resulting in his designs
being used by the company.
His job involves working with thermodynamics and working out
how the glass flows and he has found that the knowledge he learns on the course
has a direct positive impact at work.
Matt said: “I am now more of an asset to the company as I have more valuable skills which apply to my job role. I have also learnt here how to use the Gantt tool which has really helped me at work especially as I have been working on big projects.”
Scott decided he wanted to further his career and heard
about the degree course from his work colleague Matt. He had previously enjoyed
doing his HNC and HND here (2001/2002).
Scott: “I have to do a lot of report writing in my job and
this course has developed my skills in identifying good and bad references and
how to write a structured report. This has been very beneficial and has helped me
massively due to the nature of my job role.”
Daniel Leyland works as a Senior Quality Systems Engineer at
3M were they design and manufacture lifesaving equipment such as masks, air
cylinders, carrying systems (harnesses) and filtration for the likes of fire-fighters,
military and industrial companies.
He’s worked there for 10 years and had already completed his
HND but after gaining sponsorship to complete his Top-up at the University
Centre he has seen the benefits of gaining valuable skills.
Daniel added: “Some of the tools standards and processes
that we’ve learned and used at College on this course for design manufacture I
have took back to the company and they have found that they can be used as part
of best practice.
“I’ve learned many things around operations management and decision making that I have took away from the course and these skills and knowledge will be useful in the future and should enhance my career progress. It’s good to see a degree that’s so broad and covers a lot of areas.”