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Deb­o­ra — Engi­neer­ing Lev­el 3 BTEC Extend­ed Diploma

Debora Bsw

What is most inter­est­ing to me is that there’s no lim­it as to how cre­ative you can be. 

Deb­o­ra — Engi­neer­ing Lev­el 3 BTEC Extend­ed Diploma

Deb­o­ra stud­ies the Engi­neer­ing Lev­el 3 BTEC Extend­ed Diplo­ma at the College’s High­fields cam­pus and is hop­ing to progress to to study Mechan­i­cal Engineering.

We chat­ted to her about what she enjoys about the engi­neer­ing indus­try, her course, and her future plans. 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 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.”

Here at Col­lege we offer a range of enter­pris­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy and engi­neer­ing cours­es and appren­tice­ships — the per­fect choice if you enjoy fig­ur­ing out how things work and have a curi­ous mind. 

Take a look at our Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­o­gy cours­es here.