Engineering Placements at USW


On all our engineering courses you have the opportunity to spend up to a year working in the engineering industry to give you the best start to your career. 

Your placement year is often known as your “sandwich year.” A sandwich placement is a validated work experience opportunity that forms part of a university degree programme known as a sandwich course. 

Sandwich placements are usually taken in the penultimate year of a four-year degree. The name derives from the fact that the course includes a placement year which is ‘sandwiched’ in the middle of the degree. However, this isn’t the only option available for work placements. 

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Our graduates have found their placement year particularly beneficial as it has allowed them to gain practical, hands-on experience within their chosen career and the opportunity to learn directly from professionals based out in their industry. 


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Our sandwich degrees offer the perfect blend of academic study and practical work experience, allowing you to build confidence in the workplace and graduate work-ready from your degree programme.


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It is not uncommon for placement year programmes to also open up future work opportunities in similar fields or professions for our graduates.


We have a wide variety of placements across each of our subject areas.

Find out more about the placements available in the subject area you are interested in and hear from the students who have been on our placements so far on these pages.


We offer traditional engineering courses such as civil, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, or more specialist courses such as aircraft maintenance engineering.


Professional bodies set the benchmark for employee standards and can unlock doors to high-level jobs. 

We build these standards and accreditations into all our engineering courses to ensure that you get the most out of studying with us and can progress to professional qualifications as quickly as possible when you graduate.


At USW, our dedicated engineering facilities include an Aerospace Centre, which houses its very own aircraft, a suite of practical training facilities approved by the aerospace industry, and electronics labs supplemented with world-leading Renesas technologies. We have recently refurbished our civil and mechanical engineering labs equipping them with the latest computer-aided and controlled machinery.