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Gary
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9th Sep 08 at 13:47   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Anyone done/doing this course?

What sort of stuff do you learn? The uni website isnt very discriptive.

opinions on the course?

Any info welcome, cheers
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I did one at brunel. Gave up after year 2. Wasnt what i was expecting at all.

Idealy you want an accreditted course by the IMechE
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they came to my college and did a Presentation on this course. id love to have done it
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tbhmost uni's will put a shine on it. Show you round all the labs and engine testing facilities. And then for th first 2 year you will be stuck in a classroom and you will never see the practical side of things. Thats how it was at brunel anyway
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tbhmost uni's will put a shine on it. Show you round all the labs and engine testing facilities. And then for th first 2 year you will be stuck in a classroom and you will never see the practical side of things. Thats how it was at brunel anyway

Thats what id expect from a uni tbh
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I'm not arsed about been in a classroom, But i was wondering what they actually taught you.

I'm wanting to know the in's and out's and every detail on engines, braking, chassis etc etc
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i did one for a year, it was poor.. i left after a year

Farnborough uni/college of tech
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I'm not arsed about been in a classroom, But i was wondering what they actually taught you.

I'm wanting to know the in's and out's and every detail on engines, braking, chassis etc etc

they will teach you: thermodymanics, solid body mechanics, maths, physics, materials, the design process.

If you want to know the in's and out's of engines your better off training as a mechanic, or doing it yourself tbh.

In 2 years i never saw the inside of an engine untill my mate blew up his RS Turbo and he took it apart and i helped.

My gf is on the same course. One of the first questions in a lectures in the 3rd year was: "Whats the difference between a 2 and 4 stroke engine?"
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Originally posted by Hamish
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Originally posted by glb
I'm not arsed about been in a classroom, But i was wondering what they actually taught you.

I'm wanting to know the in's and out's and every detail on engines, braking, chassis etc etc

they will teach you: thermodymanics, solid body mechanics, maths, physics, materials, the design process.

If you want to know the in's and out's of engines your better off training as a mechanic, or doing it yourself tbh.

In 2 years i never saw the inside of an engine untill my mate blew up his RS Turbo and he took it apart and i helped.

My gf is on the same course. One of the first questions in a lectures in the 3rd year was: "Whats the difference between a 2 and 4 stroke engine?"


I did the course at university and found it interesting although there isnt a lot of hands on work apart from metal shop and the main project of doing a full diagnostic on a motronic ECU and comparing with a different engine, a lot of maths, science based work, so if you struggled with GCSE maths dont bother with the course. I learnt about suspension, braking and car handling tyres and weights. Ignition systems, fuel systems, all the electronic systems you would find on a car. Gearing and power cycles, 2 stroke/4 stroke, different configurations of engines, turbochargers, superchargers, also had a microprocessors class which taught the computer systems and networks invovled. Good course depending on where you go
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9th Sep 08 at 17:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

which uni did you go 2?
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there was a lad who did this course and then for his exam or whatever it is he built a 206 with a dimma kit a sierra floorplan and a 400 bhp cossie engine
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Originally posted by 22B
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Originally posted by Hamish
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Originally posted by glb
I'm not arsed about been in a classroom, But i was wondering what they actually taught you.

I'm wanting to know the in's and out's and every detail on engines, braking, chassis etc etc

they will teach you: thermodymanics, solid body mechanics, maths, physics, materials, the design process.

If you want to know the in's and out's of engines your better off training as a mechanic, or doing it yourself tbh.

In 2 years i never saw the inside of an engine untill my mate blew up his RS Turbo and he took it apart and i helped.

My gf is on the same course. One of the first questions in a lectures in the 3rd year was: "Whats the difference between a 2 and 4 stroke engine?"


I did the course at university and found it interesting although there isnt a lot of hands on work apart from metal shop and the main project of doing a full diagnostic on a motronic ECU and comparing with a different engine, a lot of maths, science based work, so if you struggled with GCSE maths dont bother with the course. I learnt about suspension, braking and car handling tyres and weights. Ignition systems, fuel systems, all the electronic systems you would find on a car. Gearing and power cycles, 2 stroke/4 stroke, different configurations of engines, turbochargers, superchargers, also had a microprocessors class which taught the computer systems and networks invovled. Good course depending on where you go


What job do you do now though? Was it a waste, other than for your personal interest?


What uni / course did Bradfincham off here do? his looked ace, they built race cars etc.

Also isn't there a guy off here at coventry uni that build and prep a race car and race it?
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Originally posted by Paul_J
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Originally posted by 22B
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Originally posted by Hamish
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Originally posted by glb
I'm not arsed about been in a classroom, But i was wondering what they actually taught you.

I'm wanting to know the in's and out's and every detail on engines, braking, chassis etc etc

they will teach you: thermodymanics, solid body mechanics, maths, physics, materials, the design process.

If you want to know the in's and out's of engines your better off training as a mechanic, or doing it yourself tbh.

In 2 years i never saw the inside of an engine untill my mate blew up his RS Turbo and he took it apart and i helped.

My gf is on the same course. One of the first questions in a lectures in the 3rd year was: "Whats the difference between a 2 and 4 stroke engine?"


I did the course at university and found it interesting although there isnt a lot of hands on work apart from metal shop and the main project of doing a full diagnostic on a motronic ECU and comparing with a different engine, a lot of maths, science based work, so if you struggled with GCSE maths dont bother with the course. I learnt about suspension, braking and car handling tyres and weights. Ignition systems, fuel systems, all the electronic systems you would find on a car. Gearing and power cycles, 2 stroke/4 stroke, different configurations of engines, turbochargers, superchargers, also had a microprocessors class which taught the computer systems and networks invovled. Good course depending on where you go


What job do you do now though? Was it a waste, other than for your personal interest?


What uni / course did Bradfincham off here do? his looked ace, they built race cars etc.

Also isn't there a guy off here at coventry uni that build and prep a race car and race it?


I was at Swansea Institute of Higher Education, but think its been rebranded now. At present Im working in my part time job, but in the next few months Im going to start appllying for jobs in the automotive industry, hopefully I can get on an apprentiship scheme and go from there.

Ideally Id like to be a technician, carrying out fault finding using diagnostics equipment, but if not Id like to go into the fuel systems side of things.
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Originally posted by Hamish
quote:
Originally posted by glb
I'm not arsed about been in a classroom, But i was wondering what they actually taught you.

I'm wanting to know the in's and out's and every detail on engines, braking, chassis etc etc

they will teach you: thermodymanics, solid body mechanics, maths, physics, materials, the design process.

If you want to know the in's and out's of engines your better off training as a mechanic, or doing it yourself tbh.

In 2 years i never saw the inside of an engine untill my mate blew up his RS Turbo and he took it apart and i helped.

My gf is on the same course. One of the first questions in a lectures in the 3rd year was: "Whats the difference between a 2 and 4 stroke engine?"
This is what engineering is though. If you want to be a spanner monkey then train to be a mechanic. Engineering isn't welding bits of pipe together, its maths and science...
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im looking into doin a motorsport corse at uni. once ive complete my level 3 apprenticeship
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Yea i gave up work lol, surry uni here i come, already been doing the odd day there last year so i know what to expect
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Originally posted by Hamish
My gf is on the same course. One of the first questions in a lectures in the 3rd year was: "Whats the difference between a 2 and 4 stroke engine?"


That is a 3rd year question if you answer it in depth

I just finished a three year course at Coventry. To be successful on a course like this, don't expect to be taught everything. You have to get off your arse and do it yourself.

What uni you looking at?







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10th Sep 08 at 10:39   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

looking at Huddersfield Uni.

Theres a few different courses along the same lines so am gonna have to go speak to someone i think.
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You have to decide what you want to do too. If you want to be a mechanic then an engineering course isn't the right one. If you want to design cars, know how and why they work and figure out how to make improvements then it's engineering you want to be doing.

 
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