From getting to grips with industry-standard equipment and techniques in our Innovation & Technology Centre, to focussing on specific projects and taking on work experience, Engineering students have limitless progression opportunities.
What do Engineers actually do?
Essentially, engineers provide technological solutions to all sorts of problems. Without engineering, society would be nothing like it is today.
They design, build, and maintain pretty much everything we use, personally and professionally. From spacecraft to chemical reactors, there is no job too big.
There are lots of different branches of engineering that you can choose to specialise in. These include:
- Aerospace (you can start now!)
WORK EXPERIENCE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Tyrece Wallcot was selected to work with Gel Engineering on the Luton DART project for his work placement. Having made such a good impression, he has since been offered an apprenticeship with the company.
"I’ve learnt new skills and gained valuable experience from knowledgeable people in the industry. My work crew has been very welcoming and willing to mentor me. For students looking to study Engineering I would say to you that no education is wasted. This course will equip you and give you the opportunity to get into the industry through work placement and apprenticeship." - Tyrece
Studying and working in engineering offers constant opportunities to learn something new, and in turn to make new discoveries and find different, more effective ways to solve problems. Studying general engineering will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to choose how you want to specialise. Through experimenting with things like Computer-Aided Design and our wind tunnel in our Innovation and Technology Centre, you will cover all aspects of engineering, ranging from mechanical to electronic engineering.
If you’ve got an interest in aircraft – whether it’s building them, maintaining them or innovating the technology, this is the right specialist pathway for you. You will need to develop skills in maths and psychics to understand and improve the design, safety, construction and effectiveness of different types of aircrafts. This is an innovative industry that is ever-evolving, we can guarantee you won’t have a boring 9-5 job if you study this course!
What are the progression & career opportunities?
Once you've completed your Advanced (Level 3) qualification, there are lots of options for what you could do next.
- Study HNC/HND Engineering at MK College, then head to university for a top-up year to get a full BEng or BSc degree
- Search for a Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering with an Engineering company (a previous student is currently an apprentice at Rolls Royce!)
- Go to university
- Go straight into employment
There are lots of job roles you could enter into and aspire to become once you've got your Level 3. Some roles require you to have a degree, make sure you do some research into what you actually want to do.
You could be:
- Engineering Technician
- Aerospace Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Marine Engineer
- So much more!
What industries could I work in?
Engineering roles are available in so many different sectors across the globe. From space and marine, to food and drink, no two days are the same when you work in engineering.
You won't be sat at a desk day after day, you'll be getting hands on experience, putting your skills and knowledge to the test.
You could be out in the middle of the ocean working on oil rigs, or even in outer space.
Sky's the limit, right?
What's it like to be a female engineering apprentice at Carlsberg?
“I find it so interesting and inspiring to be around all the experienced engineers and learn technical skills from them. “Before I started my apprenticeship I was expected to be treated differently, however I’m so glad to say that I’ve been proved wrong. I’ve been treated exactly the same as everyone else, and everyone I’ve interacted with has been very respectful and thoughtful."
“Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been.”
Intermediate or Advanced?
You may have seen our courses split up into Intermediate and Advanced. Here's the lowdown on what they mean...
This level of study is equivalent to Level 1 & 2.
This will offer you a dedicated support system to prepare you for progression. You will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in your chosen specialism, encouraged by your tutors and peers. Your experiences will enable you to decide what you want to do next, whether it’s an apprenticeship or an Advanced (Level 3) study programme at College, you will discover the wide range of options open to you.
This level of study is equivalent to Level 3.
Put your passion for your chosen subject into action with a variety of work experience opportunities. You’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test by taking on work experience in your chosen industry, getting an insight into what life in that career will be like. You’ll develop your learning at College, taking full advantage of our industry-standard facilities. Professionalism is a must for advanced programmes, as you will be making contacts and opening doors for yourself which could lead to something extraordinary.
This level of study is equivalent to Level 4, 5 & 6, and is only for people who have already completed an Advanced (Level 3) qualification (BTEC or A Level or equivalent).
Take your career to the next step with undergraduate qualifications, from HNCs to BA Degrees. Focus on your specialism, developing advanced technical, practical and research skills to prepare you for a fulfilling and successful career. With expert lecturers, small class sizes and access to facilities mirroring industry, get ready to become an expert in your chosen field.