At the School of MACE students can embark upon a year-long industrial placement between their 2nd and 3rd year or their 3rd and 4th year of study. This is known as the With Industrial Experience (WIE) scheme, and is available as an option across all MEng programmes.
Industrial placements are arranged by the students themselves. Vacancies can be found on the careers website, in the student newsletter or students can arrange them proactively by approaching companies themselves. During the placement, one of our academics will visit the student and meet with the student’s industrial supervisor.
There are numerous opportunities for the host company to engage further with the School of MACE thanks to the placement scheme. Twice per year we invite company representatives to the School of MACE: in November to join a panel session with prospective placement students to discuss the merits of the scheme; and in March to attend a mid-placement seminar with current placement students and industrial supervisors.
Industrial placements provide fantastic experience of the work environment and a high percentage of students secure employment with their industrial placement after they have left. Many of our students will use the experience to begin their route to Chartership, and as such become very focused on their futures.
Aerodynamic development for Red Bull Racing F1 Team
A student from the School of MACE was fortunate in securing a work placement as an Aerodynamics Development Student for Red Bull Racing F1 Team, based in Milton Keynes. The role involved using CAD to design new aero components, and test them using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) or in the Wind Tunnel (WT), to increase the amount of downforce the car produced efficiently. School of MACE student Scott reported 'I now have a much better understanding of fundamental aerodynamics and use of practical aero development tools, such as CAD, CFD, WT testing and Track testing. I really enjoyed my placement, as F1 aerodynamics is something I've wanted to do since childhood. I got the opportunity to get involved with several different projects, with a lot of responsibility, and the atmosphere at Red Bull in particular was very fun and friendly. I also got the chance to attend various Red Bull events, GP race weekends at Silverstone and travel to Shanghai for the Chinese GP'.