Gabriela de Almeida-Rowbotham

Gabriela de Almeida-Rowbotham

Design projects in both the first and second years allow you to put theory into practice and give you a feel of how the design process works, without the restrictions of normal lab work. I can hone in on what I’m good at, what I enjoy, and ultimately decide what career path I would like to take in the future.

Studying at Manchester

I have always wanted to be involved in tackling the engineering problems that face society, particularly in the energy sector, and mechanical engineering at Manchester incorporated this. The mix of management subjects adds variety and makes you think about both the technical engineering side and the corporate side of the engineering industry.

My first year was very much about finding my feet. I didn't know anyone on the course, but then everyone was in the same position and within a few weeks I was working with people from around the world.

Design projects in both the first and second years allow you to put theory into practice and give you a feel of how the design process works, without the restrictions of normal lab work. At the same time, lab sessions are a great way to measure my progress. I can hone in on what I'm good at, what I enjoy, and ultimately decide what career path I would like to take in the future.

It doesn't matter if you are uncertain about what you want to do after you graduate; there is so much to offer with this course that you will find something you enjoy. If you want to combine mechanical engineering with management skills, this is definitely a course that you will enjoy.

Facilities

The libraries have more books than you could imagine, and on every subject area possible, and there is plenty of space for you to study privately or as a group. The IT facilities are also great; I have always been able to find a computer and the opening hours are extensive, which is advantageous when deadlines are looming. During exam periods, libraries stay open around the clock and staff are close at hand if you need them.

Plans for the future

I plan to work as a Mechanical Engineer in the energy sector in Latin America, specifically in power stations for renewable energy or fossil fuels. Being a major area of growth around the world with many job opportunities, it is the perfect chance to combine what I'm enjoying on the course with good industry prospects.

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