"I found my engineering pathway at USW and believe others could too"

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BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering student Matthew Dyke talks about how he found his "engineering pathway" with USW. 

As an Aircraft Maintenance student, I was drawn to USW after discovering that the curriculum offered me the chance to study a blend of modules across subjects I am passionate about. I have always had an interest in both aviation and engineering and this course afforded me the opportunity to tie these two interests together.

My enthusiasm extended to the practical aspects of the course. From gas turbine engines to sheet metal repair tasks, each module comes with hands-on experience, be it group projects using the Boeing 747 simulator or making repairs that would be required on the job. The practical elements of this course have been interesting, such as sheet metal tasks which involved a skin repair to a curved sheet, which acts like the side of a fuselage. This may not mean much to many people, but to someone looking to simulate the type of work that goes on in this field, it is invaluable experience.

A key component of my journey was an employability module, which honed my CV and interview techniques, thanks to USW’s commitment to preparing students for landing jobs, as well as being equipped to perform them. Armed with all the skills gained on my course, I confidently believe this course has trained and prepared me to go into the industry as an aircraft mechanic.

For prospective students considering a similar path, I advise that putting time in and taking every opportunity from the first year of your degree will help you immensely. With a blend of academic teaching, practical experience, and dedicated support, I found my engineering pathway at the University of South Wales and believe others could too.