Postgraduate engineering students enjoy real-life industry experience

Published: 12 January 2015 at 09:19

Our Department of Engineering and Built Environment has been working with a local company to give the next generation of engineering talent real-life industry experience.

Students from our MSc Mechanical Engineering course visited Pacepacker Services Ltd, a local leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of end of line automatic packaging systems for various industries both in the UK and overseas.

Paul Wilkinson, Pacepacker's Business Development Manager, said:

"It's in everybody's interest to show people from an early age that engineering doesn't mean having to stand over a machine and that there are many different interesting and viable career options."

Dr Ahad Ramezanpour, who is a Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin and organised the visit said:

"Arranging visits with local businesses strengthens the employability of our students. It also improves the quality of learning. Having input into our courses from companies like Pacepacker helps ensure they meet the needs of industry."

The visit in mid December saw students gain an overview of Pacepacker, as well as its robot and technology partners FANUC UK and Festo, and learn about project design. Seeing how engineering theories are applied in real business applications improves student's understanding of the academic modules.

According to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the demand for graduate engineers exceeds demand across all sectors of the economy, with skilled engineering roles currently accounting for eight per cent of the UK's workforce. Other sources suggest that the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors will need 160,000 engineers, scientists and technicians each year by 2020.

Anglia Ruskin has been involved in many research collaborations with local industry, often helping to improve existing products or processes, and with such collaboration securing grant funding. Future collaborations also include careers fairs, student internships, industrial placements and further research collaborations.