Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering allows engineers to design and test new products or systems without having to build prototypes. Essentially a form of ‘virtual engineering’, the engineer can design and analyse a product or system using the computer to accurately simulate real situations and stresses that may be placed upon it. This allows the engineer to identify and rectify any problems that the product may develop, saving the huge development costs of actually manufacturing and testing the product or system, only to discover a fault.
This degree provides an excellent broad-based Mechanical Engineering education combined with the application of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM). Utilising industry standard software such as 'ACAD', 'Pro Engineer' and 'Ansys' you will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of engineering - design, control, materials and manufacturing methods. With this understanding and through the application of the computer techniques, you will learn to provide solutions to complex engineering problems as well as for engineering systems and processes.This programme is particularly suitable for numerate and communicative individuals interested in the design and manufacture of components and systems. Various industry prizes are awarded annually for academic achievement. Project work is team activity based and related to real problems, giving you insight into the workings of industry. You will benefit from studying in a state-of-the-art learning environment, using extensive IT and specialist engineering laboratories. In addition, staff operate an 'open door' policy within the School.
Year 1: You will gain broad-based and solid coverage of the fundamentals of engineering including: Mechanical Eng. Principles, Engineering Materials, Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Year 2: Consists of a mix of more focussed subject areas such as Computer Aided Engineering (CAD/CAM), Engineering Design and Analysis, Mechatronics, along with team based Project Studies.
Year 3: More specialised knowledge of the programme is developed, such as Computer
Aided Design, Engineering Analysis, Materials & Manufacture, Mechatronics and Computer Aided Manufacture.
Year 4: The final Honours Year involves an interesting individual Project activity and extensive computer simulation and solutions based on Advanced Finite Element Analysis, Computer Integrated Manufacture and Computer Aided Design.
The two main forms of assessment are continuous assessment (sometimes called coursework) and final examination. Most modules have both of these types of assessment but a few modules are assessed only by continuous assessment with no final examination. Continuous assessment can take many different forms. Students may be asked to prepare a written report, make an oral presentation, create a web based report, do a class tests, present design results or something similar. Examinations are taken at the end of each semester in January and May each year with the opportunity for those who need to re-sit any failed examinations in August each year. It is unusual to have more than 2 examinations in any semester.
The BSc/BSc(Hons) Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University has been designed to meet the needs of industry and is accredited by the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) leading to IEng professional status.
Due to the range of subjects studied, you are able to follow a career within the extensive mechanical engineering fields of design, CAD/CAM, manufacturing and control engineering, thus preparing you for the exciting world of design, analysis and manufacture, allowing involvement in the areas of high technology consumer and industrial products such as robotics.
Scholarships of 1000 GBP may be available to International students.
Dr David R. Gordon, Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computing was nominated for the award of Effective teaching that: Helps make sense of the subject in the Glasgow Student Led Teaching Awards 2009/10.
He's one of the best teachers out there, not to neglect the rest and their efforts but when his classes come up; it’s a new and different experience. He translates the lecture materials into his own "language" I mean that he explains it in a way that every one understands it! By comparing everything to daily life experiences and machinery and items that we use, he has this magical way to relate everything in anything to his washing machine and his LCD.
Nominated by Mohaned Ali Bouabdallah
Dr. David R. Gordon is a Lecturer in Engineering Design & Analysis involving Mechanical Component/System Design, Stress and Structural Analysis, Dynamics and Vibration Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Creep and Plasticity in component behaviour, and Fracture & Fatigue including Failure Investigation. He teaches this subject matter across a number of modules at level 3, level 4 and Masters level.
Students who undertake to study this course will encounter a variety of traditional and innovative teaching methods, ranging from student led seminars, simulation laboratories and problem based learning scenarios.
The tutorial and laboratory work we deliver will be geared toward design issues, application developments and problem solving to help solidify concepts and theories you will have learned in lectures. Guests from our industrial partners will also come in to deliver lectures throughout the course.
From your third year onwards, you will have the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement. In the past out students have had supervised placements with companies of the stature of; EDF, Cummings, NATS, GE Caledonian, amongst others. There is also the option to study abroad under our Erasmus Exchange Programme for a year.
We monitor how our courses are meeting industry’s requirements through liaising with our industrial advisory board, comprising of senior members of large companies in the sector.
Once graduated, you could be designing parts for Formula 1 racing cars, working in the North Sea oil industry or designing and analysing new products or services.
Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.
To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money