We’re shining a spotlight on engineering and all the fantastic opportunities within the industry this week, as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (2nd – 6th November). We caught up with one of our current students to find out more.
Debora Mafoua, 18, is studying the Engineering Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at the College’s Highfields campus and is hoping to progress to Cambridge next year to study Mechanical Engineering. Here’s what she told us:
What interests you about the industry?
In the words of Albert Einstein, “Scientists investigate that which already is. Engineers create that which has never been.
What is most interesting to me is that there’s no limit as to how creative you can be. Almost everything we need and use was invented or made by an engineer. I love the fact that you can design and build something from scratch or you can modify and improve a machine or product to make it even better.
What would you like to specialise in and what’s your dream job?
I’ve chosen to study mechanical engineering at university because it opens the door to so many interesting areas, such as aerospace and aeronautical.
My dream job is to one day run my own engineering firm with various sectors such as design, manufacturing, maintenance, civil engineering, architecture etc. After university, I would love to work with companies in the design of wind turbines and how we can make them more efficient.
What is it about the course that you enjoy?
It combines the academic subjects that I’m interested in, like maths and physics, with practical learning, so that what you learn in lesson, you’re able to apply it to a real-life situation.
Attending College opened my eyes to the possibilities within the industry, and when I joined, it made me like engineering even more.
My tutor is a Chartered Engineer and still works part-time in the industry. Being taught by someone with such a high level of both, teaching and industry experience, is so beneficial.
What would you say to other female students interested in pursuing an engineering career?
My biggest inspiration is a lady called Verena Holmes, who was an engineer during the time when men went to war. She was the first female member elected to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and one of the early members of the Women’s Engineering Society.
I think girls still have misconceptions of engineering, but I would urge any female interested in this area to consider it as a career option. I’m so happy I chose to and I’m excited for where it will take me in the future.
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