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Mechanical and electronic engineering at Solent

Are you practical, technical, creative? Are you fascinated by how things work, and full of ideas to make them better? A role in mechanical or electronic engineering could be the career for you.

Engineering is a career with near universal value, in everything from research and development to maintenance engineering, electronic design, renewable energy, telecommunications and much more.

Our courses combine the academic knowledge and technical understanding that employers are looking for, with intensely practical hands-on training, working with everything from 3D printers to hand tools. You’ll explore essential engineering concepts, dig down into mechanics, drawing, CAD and manufacturing skills, and get to grips with the habits and best practices of effective engineers.

On the electronic side, our courses cover everything from analogue and digital electronics to contemporary embedded systems, signal processing technologies and modern communications.

And we also offer a dedicated renewable energy engineering degree, designed to help you secure a future-proof role in the fast-growing renewable energy industry. It’s a sector with enormous potential, from renewable energy generation to the efficient use of energy in engineering systems such as cars and energy for the home.

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BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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BEng (Hons) Renewable Energy Engineering

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At Solent you will have access to a range of high-end facilities, with a strong focus on hands-on exploration and a comprehensive exploration of mechanics and manufacturing across aerospace, automotive and component manufacture, as well as management and production.

Engineering students benefit from a range of multifunctional workshops and labs, including a dedicated computer/CAD suite. Other specialist facilities include a production and electronics laboratory for designing, building and testing electronic circuitry, and a heat treatment laboratory containing furnaces that heat specimens and components up to 1100 degrees centigrade. The materials testing laboratory has large tensile testing machines, and the manufacturing laboratory features a range of advanced equipment such as a 3D printer, a rapid prototyping machine and a laser cutter. Electronic engineering students benefit from access to a range of high-end facilities including rapid prototyping equipment, PSpice/NI MultiSim software and microcomputer development systems. We also offer students access to digital multi-meter signal generators, FLIR cameras and digital signal processing (DSP) boards – all of which allow students to better understand how the theory they have learnt links to real workplace scenarios.

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