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BEng (Hons) - Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing engineering is a fascinating subject. Look around at all the things you are surrounded by – everything that you use, wear, and eat was brought to you by the skills of manufacturing engineers. This BEng (Hons) Advanced Manufacturing degree, located at our Barrow-in-Furness campus is a new and modern course that blends the technical focus of engineering with environmental awareness, management principles and leading-edge IT skills. You will learn how to develop engineering solutions to manufacturing problems using new technologies through innovation and creativity.

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Course Overview

This BEng (Hons) Advanced Manufacturing degree was designed in collaboration with BAE Systems to embed all the employability skills and commercial awareness you will need to launch a successful career. With links to the advanced manufacturing cluster of engineering industries located around Barrow-in-Furness, you will gain practical experience of manufacturing engineering whilst learning how technical engineering is applied in the real world from day one.

Manufacturing is a fast-paced and constantly developing global industry. To ensure that your degree is future-proof, we have developed the course to meet the Engineering Council’s most recent ‘Accreditation of Higher Education’ standard (AHEP4).

In between years two and three of this degree, you will have the option of taking a year in industry. This is a year-long period of paid work experience that does not count towards your final degree classification. If chosen, this is an excellent opportunity to apply your learning to the world of work, gain industrial training and develop connections within the industry.

On this course you will...

  • Develop the technical knowledge, and commercial and social awareness, to be ready for an exciting career in engineering.
  • Use all your powers of creativity and innovation to make the products, processes and engineering systems of the future.
  • Study in a brand-new purpose built facility that has been designed to include all of the modern facilities and equipment you need to make a success of your course.
  • Have access to some of the worlds major employers right on you doorstep.
  • Study a degree that was designed in collaboration with BAE so that you can be equipped with all of the knowledge and skills that employers really need.
  • Have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and boost your employability with an optional, year-long paid work placement as part of your degree.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

This programme aims to develop your subject knowledge alongside your academic and personal development. You will be an active participant in your own learning, and your tutors will mentor and support you in applying your new skills in problem- and project-based modules. The new concepts and methods you will learn at each level of study will be linked by ‘design’, which is the creative application of technical subjects to solve a constrained problem.

Year one

At Level 4, the emphasis is on helping you become independent in your learning. You will design engineering artefacts through standardised engineering science and mathematics application. You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of engineering science and solve well-defined problems.

  • Engineering Design
    In this module you will explore the tools and techniques of engineering design. You will be introduced to visual communication, the principles of metrology, and be trained in the safe use of a manufacturing workshop. You will put your new skills to use in the design, manufacture, and testing
  • Integrated Engineering
    This module will give you practical experience of delivering engineering design projects via problem-based learning, and will support your transition to university life and studies. You'll be introduced to the broader context of engineering, including the social, ethical and environmental aspects.
  • Mathematics and Computing
    As an engineer, you will describe real-world systems using mathematics and analyse problems using computer simulation and modelling. In this module, you will begin your exploration of these subjects to understand how and why mathematics is essential in manufacturing engineering.
  • Principles of Materials and Manufacturing
    This module will introduce the fundamental properties of engineering materials, how they are manufactured, and how both aspects affect each other. In learning about these issues, you will gain confidence in making and justifying an engineering decision when no single correct answer exists.
  • Mechatronic Principles – Electrical
    You will develop your knowledge and understanding of electrical principles and analyse signals, circuits and simple devices using various techniques.
  • Mechatronic Principles – Mechanical
    This module will introduce you to mechanical concepts which deal with machine construction, design, and use. You will develop a fundamental understanding of aspects of mechanical engineering in statics, kinematics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials.
Year two

At Level 5, the emphasis is on building your confidence. Problems become more broadly defined and can involve various factors and constraints. In performing your analysis, and developing your designs, you will draw on your new knowledge from across levels 4 and 5.

  • Applied Materials and Manufacturing
    This module builds upon your knowledge of materials properties and demonstrates how materials selection influences the design and manufacturing process. You will learn about the planning of standard manufacturing processes, which includes the use of computer-controlled machines.
  • Applied Mechatronics – Electrical
    You will broaden your knowledge of electrical power supply and the electrical machines that are relevant to manufacturing environments. You will also be introduced to the principles of classic and industrial control.
  • Applied Mechatronics – Mechanical
    You will build upon your previous learning in statics, mechanics and dynamics and apply this knowledge to the automated machines used in advanced manufacturing environments. You will also learn about industrial control. This will enable you to study more advanced real-world systems in year three.
  • Digital Manufacture
    This module explores current and future practices in manufacturing engineering organisations. You will be introduced to the organisation of engineering business, the core technologies of digital manufacturing and potential future trends, as well as add to your knowledge of formal project management.
  • Integrated Engineering 2
    This module allows you to integrate your learning from across level 5 in a simulated professional environment. You will engage in two substantial projects as part of a team to solve real-world manufacturing engineering problems where no single solution exists.
  • Mathematics and Modelling
    You will develop your ability to apply more advanced mathematical techniques in a range of realistic engineering problems. You will also develop an understanding of numerical techniques and use them in modelling and simulation real-world problems.
  • Year in Industry (Optional)
    This module relates to one of the most exciting parts of your degree, your sandwich year work placement. This is a year-long, optional period of paid industrial training which gives you the opportunity to apply all the knowledge you have developed during your studies and discover the working world.
Year three

At Level 6, engineering problems become complex. You will be creative and resourceful in applying engineering science and new technologies to resolve wide-ranging problems and conflicting requirements and constraints. You will work on real-world projects, and your solutions will have immediate commercial value.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Systems
    You will expand your knowledge of contemporary manufacturing technology, which includes state-of-the-art computing. You will develop the analytical ability and technical skills to integrate manufacturing software, hardware, and controls into modern manufacturing systems.
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
    You will explore leading-edge technologies involved in manufacturing processes, including contemporary issues in manufacturing engineering research. This includes advanced topics in metrology, additive layer manufacturing, and applications of artificial intelligence in manufacturing processes.
  • Advanced Instrumentation and Control
    You will gain in-depth knowledge of the requirements and challenges of integration of automated systems, and how to control their operations within the manufacturing environment. This will include mathematical modelling to represent electro-mechanical systems within the overall manufacturing system.
  • Integrated Engineering Project
    You will undertake a substantial and independent piece of research into a topic of your choice. This project will enable you to integrate the knowledge you have gained throughout your degree in a creative way to solve a real engineering problem, and enhance your employability skills.
  • Operations Management
    You will build upon your previous learning in Digital Manufacturing by exploring the theoretical, methodological, and practical approaches to managing manufacturing operations. In addition, you will learn how to apply your knowledge towards improving and transforming business operations.

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