Mechanical Engineers can work anywhere in the world

Radoslaw Krajnik, originally from Poland, graduated from the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering in 2016. He is now a graduate mechanical engineer for TATA Steel UK, Port Talbot, securing a place on their fiercely competitive Graduate Scheme after TATA Steel visited the University to recruit.

Describe what you do
I supervise maintenance tasks and implement the necessary improvements to reduce costly mechanical problems and failures, and production delays.

What do you enjoy about it?
The best part of my job is being involved in real day-to-day engineering operations. There is a very good balance between analytical and practical activities, which I enjoy. It’s well paid, too – as a graduate mechanical engineer, you start off on around £22,000 and can earn up to £40,000 a year.

Biggest achievement so far
I’ve been given the opportunity to improve part of our sintering process. I have used the knowledge gained at University, mainly in Thermodynamics, Mechanics and a software called Solidworks, to produce a design which, if implemented, will allow for savings of around £160,000 per year.

Why did you choose a Mechanical Engineering degree?
I have always had an interest in mathematics and physics, which has enhanced my analytical and quantitative skills. On top of that, I have practical skills - learnt from my father - and a strong competitive spirit, which drives me to be successful.

Why is it a good profession?
Global industrialisation, together with huge changes in design engineering, have made the role of a Mechanical Engineer an indispensable one. Having a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering opens so many doors, all over the world. It means I can pick and choose where I want to live and work, without having to worry about being unemployed. That’s a great feeling.

Tell us about the course
It gave me a wide and comprehensive understanding of numerous topics including Engineering Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Design and Manufacture, Finite Element Analysis as well as Business and Finance. I learned to use Solidworks software, which has been invaluable in my role now, and completed a USW placement at GE Aircraft Engine Services, overlooking various processes varying from HR to pure hands-on experience on the shop floor. During my final year I took part in the Formula Student project. As Front Suspension Geometry Designer, I contributed to the USW Falcons’ first ever Formula Car. It was a fun experience, and a great lesson in learning how to problem solve with limited resources.