Engineering You're Hired

Engineering You're Hired - Industry Mentor and Assessor Days

We are looking for alumni and industry contacts familiar with Engineering project design and implementation to support second year students with their skills development.

Engineering You're Hired! - Industry Mentor Day
Wednesday 30 January 2019, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm

Engineering You're Hired! - Industry Assessor Day
Friday 1 February 2019, 11.30 am - 5.00 pm

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Engineering You're Hired!

Engineering You’re Hired! is a multidisciplinary project week for second year Engineering students which builds on the first year project week, Global Engineering Challenge. Working in multidisciplinary teams, students combine their knowledge to tackle a real-life problem to develop their planning and design skills. Student groups aim to take their proposed solution to the proof of concept stage towards the end of the week. Our Industry Mentor and Industry Assessor days form an important part of this innovative project week, giving the students a valuable opportunity to engage with alumni and industry contacts who can share their expertise and advise on their projects.

Your role

Industry Mentor

Wednesday 30 January 2019, 9:30 am - 5.00 pm 
(optional tour of the £81m Diamond building at 9:00 am, our largest ever investment in teaching and learning)

Who we are looking for:

Alumni and industry contacts familiar with engineering project planning and implementation.

Industry mentor role:

You will work with the student groups throughout the day, bringing your real-world experience in project implementation to bear on their projects. Student groups are able to 'consult' any of the industrial mentors about their projects.

One or two industrial mentors will be assigned to a hub of student groups to talk to them informally about their projects. This will be followed by 'boardroom' sessions, during which you will join a staff member and PhD student facilitator to feedback on student presentations.

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Industry Assessor 

Friday 1 February 2019, 11:30 am - 5.00 pm
(optional tour of the £81m Diamond building at 10:45 am, our largest ever investment in teaching and learning)

Who we are looking for:

Alumni and industry contacts who are in senior leadership positions.

Industry assessor role:

Along with a member of staff and PhD facilitator, you will form a panel that students will pitch to for hypothetical funding for their project.

The students will present on the project design they have developed throughout the week and a plan of how to take it to the proof of concept stage.

Each panel will review six student groups and you will be able to ask questions about their proposal following the students' presentation.

The PhD Facilitator may highlight relevant questions on the technical proposal that has been submitted prior to the event, and other student groups will also be present and may also ask questions.

Following the showcase event, you are invited to attend the finale led by senior staff to announce the winning team from each hub.

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Engineering You're Hired group

Throughout the week the students work through the design process:


Define - Understanding the problem


Decide - Define & quantify the design question


Data - Will it work? Calculations to prove the concept. Involvement of Industry Mentors


Develop - Design development & project plan


Defend - Present and defend project plan. Involvement of Industry Assessors

We would be very grateful if you could circulate this among other alumni and contacts that you think may be interested in attending.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Wright, Faculty Teaching Experience Officer,, 0114 222 0524.

Student Projects

A number of the projects have been suggested by industry, creating a current and relevant opportunity for students to apply their academic learning to industry. Previous projects have included:

  • Design a sustainable swarm robot system that is able to perform the monitoring for a precision agriculture system
  • Design a gadget that is used by cyclists to improve road safety
  • Design a commercial electric aircraft
  • Design an adaptable additive manufacturing system for the design of large buildings