"My course has offered me fantastic opportunities for industry engagement"

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Ambitious student Mathew Mugwagwa talks about his time studying BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

As an ambitious Aircraft Maintenance Engineering student at USW, I knew I'd found my perfect course after my college lecturer's rave reviews led me to conduct research about the University. My decision was affirmed after attending a summer campus tour. The hangars were impressive to me and seemed like the best environment for an Aircraft Maintenance student to learn and succeed.

Fuelled by a long-standing aspiration to become a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, I found the accelerated pathway at USW, which allows students to qualify as a B1.1 Engineer in 3 years instead of the usual 5, irresistible. I enjoy working with my hands and solving challenging problems, with my practical work in the Boeing 747 simulator standing out as a highlight of my course.

The comprehensive curriculum has equipped me with a deep understanding of intricate aircraft systems, making me more employable. I have to give praise to my lecturers and technicians for their excellence in teaching, especially during the 'Aircraft Instrumentation Systems' module. The way the module is taught is an eye-opener to how various systems interact with each other to make an aircraft fly.

My course has offered me fantastic opportunities for industry engagement. Guest lectures by industry professionals, like representatives from Ryanair, and access to career advisors have enriched my learning experience. Field trips, such as a visit to an RAF museum, have broadened my perspective of the aviation industry's evolution.

My practical skills were honed using a variety of equipment and software provided by USW, all aimed at moulding me into a successful aircraft engineer. For those considering a similar path, my advice is, even if you have the slightest spark or feeling that you could see yourself working on aircraft and enjoying it, then go for it.