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WHY ENGINEERING?An engineering degree is a big challenge to take on. There is no denying it’san intensive subject to study, but all the hard work does pay off in the long run.Employers do recognise and reward the discipline that engineering graduatesshow, and the applied technical skills that you’ll develop as an engineer willalways be in demand.ContentsABOUT LSBUBUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERINGCHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERINGCIVIL ENGINEERINGELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERINGMECHANICAL ENGINEERINGMECHATRONICS ENGINEERINGPRODUCT DESIGN 0800 923 88 192–3

Educating professional engineers forover 120 years. We are professionallyrelevant modernWhat we teach and the way that we teachit has to evolve to keep up-to-date with industryneeds. This is how we can continue to deliverstrong career prospects for our graduates. We’veexamined what employers mean by ‘work-readygraduates’ and as a result we’ve developed threefundamental principles that we’ve built into toall our engineering programmes: innovation,enterprise, and professionalism. These aredesigned to best prepare graduates for therealities of modern engineering jobs.In reality most engineers will find themselvesworking side-by-side in multi-disciplinary projectteams. One of the greatest professional assetsthat you can have is the ability to function wellin this team set-up.In part good team-working is about having goodinterpersonal and communication skills. It’s alsoabout the ability to appreciate the perspective andtechnical approach employed by different typesof engineers. That’s why some of our modules areshared across all our engineering courses.THE CENTRE FOR EFFICIENT AND RENEWABLE ENERGY IN BUILDINGS(CEREB) IS A PIONEERING, MULTI MILLION POUND NEW FACILITYIN PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON AND KINGSTONUNIVERSITY LONDON. IT IS A UNIQUE TEACHING, RESEARCH ANDDEMONSTRATION FACILITY FOR LOW CARBON TECHNOLOGIES IN THEBUILT ENVIRONMENT. innovativeThe amount of project-based learning that you’lldo on an engineering degree varies from universityto university. At LSBU we offer design projectsthroughout the degree course rather thanconcentrating them all into your final year.This means that you’ll adapt theoretical principlesto solve real-world engineering problems very earlyon in your university career. This experience ofdelivering innovation through these design-testprojects makes you attractive to employers.ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT LSBUProfessional perspective is something thatdevelops with work experience, but as an LSBUstudent you’ll have a useful head-start. enterprisingAll of our undergraduate engineers take a modulein the first year called Design and Practice anda module in the third year called Innovation andEnterprise.Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineerdoes on a day-to-day basis. Engineers look forpractical ways of making things better, moreefficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient,quicker, more integrated, more effective.These modules are about understanding thecommercial priorities that shape engineeringpractice. They will help you to get to grips withcommercialisation as an industrial process andstart to appreciate the inherent challenges ofbringing things to market and the steps you needto take to overcome them.Our engineering courses will teach you first-handhow to develop these crucial skills and traits.Guest lecturers from world-renowned companies,such as Rolls Royce, have lectured on these 0800 923 88 88REFRIGERATIONLAB. LSBUARNOLD DU TOIT, LSBUROLLEYGOLF THE WORLD’S FIRST HOP ON GOLF TROLLEYBSC IN ENGINEERING PRODUCT DESIGN, MSC IN ENTERPRISE4–5

Types of careerBuilding Services Engineers get involved withbuildings at a variety of different points, whether itis at the design and build stage (making sure newbuildings are optimised and ‘future-proof’ fromconception) through to contracting and consultancywork, or managing the use of buildings and facilitiesonce they are up and running.Typically, Building Services Engineers tend to specialisein electrical engineering, mechanical engineeringor public health. Typical tasks will include negotiatingand developing contracts and agreeing them withclients, commissioning work from contractors,using CAD software to design the systems neededfor a project, sticking to the budget for the project,overseeing the installation of building systemsand making sure that they will be maintained andoperated properly, and advising clients and architectson energy use and conservation.MAKEYOURMARKBUILDING SERVICESENGINEERINGcovers pretty much everything youcan think of in a building – all the things that make it safe, comfortable andfunctional. This includes both big and small buildings, and deals with everythingfrom making sure the floodlights at Old Trafford don’t cut out halfway throughthe match to developing homes that can generate their own sustainable sourcesof gas and electricity. Building Service Engineers help buildings to deliver on theirpotential – not just offering shelter, but enabling those who live or work in themto achieve their full 0800 923 88 88It is a varied career, where no two days (or buildings)are ever the same. Salaries for experienced engineersrange from 25,000 to 35,000 – although partnersin engineering firms can earn up to 85,000.ProfessionalaccreditationTypical startingsalary for an LSBUgraduate is 25,000*Our Building Services Engineering degree is accreditedby the Chartered Institute of Building ServicesEngineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute, and ourArchitectural Engineering course is accredited by theJoint Board of Moderators. Our close relationship withthese bodies enables us to make sure that what youstudy can be applied to the industry itself. This willhelp you to graduate as a Building Services Engineerwith the skills to deliver innovative and sustainablesolutions to help buildings maximise their potential,able to make a difference to your new employersimmediately. Both degrees are stepping stonesto qualification as a Chartered Engineer, with theincreased earning potential that naturally accompanieschartered status.You’ll be in great company too; around half of all thegraduates in this industry have studied at LSBU, sopotential employers will understand the value youcan add to their business from the moment they openyour application.*which university comparison siteALL IN A DAY’S WORK.I’M AN ENGINEER.6–7

CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUMENGINEERINGinvolves designing, developing,constructing and operating industrial processes to produce a huge range ofproducts including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, energy, water treatment, foodand drink, plastics, and toiletries. It’s an industry that is firmly focused onmeeting the challenges of tomorrow; using the earth’s resources as efficientlyas possible to provide for the needs of future generations.Typical startingsalary for an LSBUgraduate is 25,000*Engineers are involved at every stage from researching and testing new productsthrough to making them commercially viable, helping them to be implementedon an industrial scale and then modifying and improving them once they arein operation.DESIGNTESTDELIVER* Faculty average engineering starting salary,source: Destination of Leavers from HigherEducation Survey (DLHE)Types of careerPetroleum Engineers will find themselves workingwith geoscientists, other engineers and commercialmanagers to find the best places to locate wells andpredict how much oil or gas could be produced there,using complex mathematical models to make surethe material is recovered as efficiently as possible.They’ll design parts of the well and productionsystems, and provide feedback to clients. Typicalearnings range from 52,000 to 95,000 a year.Chemical Engineers will work with process chemistsand control engineers to make sure process plantsare set up efficiently, and configure equipment tohelp with that process – all the while takingenvironmental and economic aspects of their roleinto consideration. They’ll apply new technologies,design, install and commission new productionplants and make sure that safety issues areconsidered at all stages. Examples of the kind ofwork involved would include developing newmethods of safe nuclear energy production.Experienced engineers earn around 50,000.ProfessionalaccreditationOur degrees are accredited by the Institution ofChemical Engineers (IChemE), which means thatsuccessful graduates are on a path to apply tobecome Chartered Engineers. On average, CharteredEngineers earn around 15,000 a year more thantheir colleagues, so the opportunity to start yourcareer with an accredited degree gives you anexceptional advantage. It is also a demonstrationof the close relationship we have with the industry,and the way in which we work together to make surethat we are delivering the kind of graduate that theindustry needs.ALL IN A DAY’S WORK.I’M AN 08000800923923888888888–9

Types of careerVARIEDWELL PAIDREAL WORLDCIVIL ENGINEERINGis all about designing,building and maintaining things that can change the world. Roads, bridges,canals, dams and buildings have all played an integral role in how the humanrace has developed over thousands of years – and Civil Engineering is thediscipline that has laid the foundations for the growth of villages, towns, citiesand ultimately – civilisation. Civil Engineers deliver a vital service in ensuring thesafe, timely, well-resourced construction of a huge range of projects in the builtand natural environment, from transport networks to the Olympic 0800 923 88 88Typical startingsalary for an LSBUgraduate is 26,000*Because Civil Engineering is such a broad area, thereare lots of different specialisms for you to considerafter graduating – but our degree will give you a solidfoundation for entering any of them. Regardless ofwhat it is that they are building, Civil Engineers willtypically undertake site surveys and feasibilitystudies, analysing the risks of a project and comingup with designs to meet the challenges they face.They’ll work with engineers and scientists froma wide range of backgrounds, assembling the rightteam of contractors for the job and overseeing theirwork as the build begins, managing budgets andensuring all the relevant laws are obeyed in the newconstruction. They’ll provide progress reports to theirclients, and will play a crucial central role in theproject until the building is finished – at which pointa Civil Engineer will often draw up and hand overprotocols for the maintenance and servicing of theconstruction too.Civil Engineers typically earn around 31,000 witha few years’ experience, but Chartered Engineers willfind average earnings to be nearer to 47,000.ProfessionalaccreditationOur Civil Engineering degree is accredited by theEngineering Council, which accredits courses onbehalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE),the Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE) and theChartered Institution of Highways & Transportation(CIHT). Successfully completing the BEng (Hons)Civil Engineering will allow you to register as anIncorporated Engineer, and it also lays thefoundations for you to continue your learning toeventually reach Chartered Engineer status, afterpostgraduate study and training. Our accreditationsare testament to the strength of the structural andgeotechnical engineering elements of the course.MY CAREER WISH LIST.THAT’S WHY I’M AN ENGINEER.*which university comparison site10–11

ELECTRICAL ANDELECTRONICS ENGINEERINGis all about designing, developing and maintaining electrical control systems.Engineers in this sector help to make sure our electronics and electrics are safeand reliable, and capable of performing to high standards of quality.Typical startingsalary for an LSBUgraduate is 24,000*Electrical and Electronics Engineers can findthemselves working in all kinds of environmentsand sectors. You might work in a production plant,a workshop, an office, a laboratory, a factory or onsite with a client.Engineers can be involved in projects from the verystart to the very end, and often find themselvesinvolved in maintenance programmes too.Sometimes they specialise in a particular part of theprocess and on other occasions they may be involvedat every stage. They tend to work in multi-disciplinaryteams with engineers from other areas, as well asarchitects, marketers, manufacturers, techniciansand more.The impact of these engineers can be felt across many sectors. For example,they provide lighting, heating and ventilation for buildings, they make sure thatour transport networks run efficiently and safely, they help to power themanufacturing and construction industries, they develop wireless technologiesand networks and they play a crucial role in the production and distribution ofpower. You may not realise just how far-reaching the industry is, but it can besaid that there are few parts of our life that don’t owe at least something to thework of electrical and electronics engineers.TECHNICALSKILL INACTIONTypes of careerTypical tasks will include identifying the needsof the customer and user, designing systems andcomponents, researching solutions and estimatingcosts and timescales, making prototypes, designingand conducting tests, ensuring safety standards areadhered to at all times, and modifying, improvingand maintaining the product once it is finished.*which university comparison siteChartered engineers can earn between 40,000 and 50,000 per year, and some can earn even more.ProfessionalaccreditationAll our BEng courses in this area are accreditedby the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET),which is a world-leading professional organisationfor engineers and a trusted source of essentialengineering intelligence. The IET has more than150,000 members worldwide in 127 countries andby enrolling on any one of our BEng courses you willhave earned the right to join the IET and to be onyour way to a charted engineer status.Our courses are closely aligned with industry andthis accreditation means that our degrees have beendeveloped in line with the latest thinking from one ofthe leading professional institutions in engineering.By adhering to the standards specified by the IET wecan be sure that our graduates have the skills andexperience required to hit the ground running. Moreto the point, companies that you apply to will feelthe same way.ALL IN A DAY’S WORK.I’M AN 0800 92388 88923 88 8812–13

Types of careerWith such a varied list of career prospects, youcan be sure that life as a Mechanical Engineer willnever be dull. The kinds of projects you might beinvolved with will depend on the sector youchoose to work in – you could find yourselfdesigning a mechanical heart to prolong humanlife, or improving the production process on an oilrefinery. It really is that diverse.Mechanical Engineers will work on a project fromthe initial brief through to the final manufactureand implementation, and will generally workas part of a team with engineers from otherdisciplines. You’ll find yourself involved in theearly planning of a project, testing and evaluatingtheories and working with others to solve complexproblems, as well as ensuring that your solutionscan be made again reliably, and will work well inthe environment it needs to operate in.MAKEYOURMARKMECHANICAL ENGINEERINGcan be seen and felt everywhere in the modern world. Everything that hasmovement must have involved a mechanical engineer at some point. It willcome as no surprise then, to learn that the role of the Mechanical Engineeris one of the most diverse of all engineering disciplines, with employmentopportunities available across pretty much every sector you can think of –energy, transport, aviation, motor companies, robotics, pharmaceuticals,the marine industry – wherever you want to go, a degree in MechanicalEngineering can help you to get there. Mechanical Engineers can also findthemselves involved in managing people and resources, as well as developingnew materials and 0800 923 88 88ProfessionalaccreditationOur Mechanical Engineering degree is accreditedby the Institution of Mechanical Engineers(IMechE), which means that it is a step towardsqualifying as a Chartered Engineer. We have beencontinuously accredited by the IMechE for over25 years.Typical startingsalary for an LSBUgraduate is 25,000** Faculty average engineering starting salary, source:Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE)Engineers do.Every day.14–15

MECHATRONICSENGINEERINGis a branch of engineering that doesnot separate individual disciplines and instead treats them all as integral partsof the engineering ‘whole’. It is a mix of Mechanical Engineering, ElectricalEngineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Design Engineering, ControlEngineering and Software Engineering. A classic example of the kind of productthat is the result of Mechatronics Engineering would be an industrial robotsuch as those used on car assembly lines. It is a complex yet hugely rewardingengineering discipline in an exciting and emerging field, and work is availableacross variety of different industries.DESIGNTESTDELIVERTypical startingsalary for an LSBUgraduate is 24,000**which university comparison siteTypes of careerA Mechatronics Engineer can expect to findthemselves working in areas such as automotivedesign and manufacturing, robotics, transportsystems, and engineering research and design.They will design, develop, maintain and managehigh-tech engineering systems, and be creative,lateral thinkers capable of identifying the waysan automated solution could be applied to aparticular problem or issue. As well as workingin heavily industrial settings, they can also findthemselves working in a more commercialenvironment – for example, improving the wayin which a digital camera’s autofocus works.As with all modern engineers, MechatronicsEngineers will be heavily involved in conductingfeasibility studies, providing detailed costingreports and understanding (and explaining)the financial implications of various automationprogrammes. They’ll manage projects from startto finish and make sure that they not only meetthe brief, but stay within budget too.ALL IN A DAY’S WORK.I’M AN 0800 923 88 8816–17

Types of careerVARIEDWELL PAIDREAL WORLDPRODUCT DESIGNENGINEERINGNew ideas keep the world going round.Whether these new ideas are for a bicycle or a jet engine, a fountain pen or asuper-fast laptop computer; product designers are the innovators who visualisetomorrow’s products today, and then find ways to manufacture them. Designis a balance of art and science, so Engineering Product Designers blend brilliantcreative thinking with striking scientific insight. The result is the creation of newproducts that help people deal with everyday problems – from solving minorinconveniences such as the user interface on a washing machine to tacklingmajor issues like launching lifeboats 0800 923 88 88Typical startingsalary for an LSBUgraduate is 18,000 – 25,000** Faculty average engineering starting salary, source:Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE)Product Design Engineers work on pretty muchany product you can imagine – and probably afew that you can’t! They work in multi-disciplinaryteams alongside researchers, material specialists,marketers, manufacturing engineers and salesteams to get a real understanding of what aproduct needs to do, and the best ways to proposea soluti

Careers in Engineering Guide the brighter choice. Contents ABOUT LSBU 4–5 BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING 6–7 CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING 8–9 CIVIL ENGINEERING 10–11 ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING 12–13 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 14–15 MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING 16–17 PRODUCT DESIGN ENGINEERING 18–19 An engineering degree is a big challenge to take on. There is no denying .

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