MEng Mechanical Engineering
Placement Year – with B/E Aerospace
What inspired you to become an engineer?
If I’m honest, I was just a very curious kid, always wanting to see how things worked! Growing up on a farm I was always fascinated by tractors and other farm machinery. I wanted to understand the unique mechanisms and was intrigued by the complexity of the designs.
Why did you choose your particular degree program and why Queens?
I chose Mechanical Engineering due to the broad range of modules available. At 17/18 I did not have a clue if I would be more interested in renewable energies, electrical circuits, or the automotive/aeronautical industry, so by choosing Mechanical, I kept my options open to explore the many opportunities out there and thus settle in a sector that suited me best. Why Queens? I loved the atmosphere, everyone was so friendly and I was particularly interested in the modules that were on offer, alongside the practical application and of course the fact I could be close to home – who doesn’t love home cooking!
What do you think of Queens in general and your course in particular now that you are here?
I didn’t really know what to expect coming to Queen’s , I guess a little nervous about being a girl in Engineering as when I first started girls were still very much in the minority! However I have loved every minute of it, I have met some lifelong friends whilst here and there is always something going on in Belfast. It is definitely hard work, but getting to see the theory that you learnt in 1st year being applied in 2nd year, and then carried out within placement year is rewarding. Makes you realize all the hard work will pay off and that you can make a difference within the Engineering World.
Where are you hoping to go professionally when you graduate?
Queens have provided me with many different opportunities including the Engineering Leadership Program and through it I have obtained an Advanced Leadership Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering. When I graduate I hope to build upon these skills obtaining a graduate position within the Aerospace sector, become specialized as a Manufacturing Engineer, go on to become a project lead/senior engineer and then ultimately a manager.
If you had a single piece of advice for anyone thinking of studying engineering at Queens, what would it be?
Engineering can open doors to so many different opportunities and because Queen’s covers a broad range of modules it allows you to make up your own mind as to what sector you eventually end up in. So be open-minded when studying engineering, take those opportunities to go to different places and research different sectors. Step out of your comfort zone and you will be amazed at where you can end up.