Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences


The Department maintains strong links with industry via both research activities and professional training. In order to assist in aligning the learning experience of our students with the needs of industry, the Department has set up an active industrial advisory board.

Industrial Advisory Board members

  • Per Bergfjord (Elekta Ltd)
  • Frank Coppuck (Gordon Murray Design Ltd)
  • Dave Gibbon (SSTL)
  • Mark Gillan (Willams F1)
  • Robin Hall (Mott MacDonald Group Ltd)
  • Mike Hinton (QinetiQ)
  • John Mylemans (Rolls-Royce plc)
  • Graham Rogers (Instron)
  • Gerald Shepherd (Airbus UK)
  • Graham Sims (NPL)
  • Saeed Zahedi (Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd)

Professional training 


A pioneer in integrated Professional Training, the University of Surrey has been operating its student placement scheme over the last 40 years, earning widespread respect from employers and professional institutions.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences (MES) has built up strong relationships with top companies in the UK and abroad. As a result, MES students are regularly placed in multinational companies (e.g. Airbus, Cummins, General Motors, Pfizer), engineering consultancies (e.g. Atkins, Noble Denton) and numerous small and medium sized companies.

The MES Professional Training Year programme is accredited by the IMechE. The twelve-month internships are supervised by the academic staff and the student’s Professional Training performance is assessed as part of the final degree. The experience our graduates gain from their placement contributes to Surrey’s reputation as “The University for Jobs” (Sunday Times).

Our Scheme Offers You an Opportunity To…

  • Identify and recruit top students
  • Develop students who will have an understanding of your organisation upon graduation
  • Build a wider relationship with the University of Surrey

Our Students Are…

  • Prepared for industry with technical, communication and teamwork skills
  • Receptive to new ideas and learn quickly
  • Dedicated to undertaking a year in an engineering work environment
  • Educated to Year 2 of a BEng programme
  • Educated to Year 2 or 3 of a MEng programme

Key Participants in Professional Training


  • Plans the training and work programme to be undertaken by the intern
  • Treats the intern as an employee on short term contract
  • Participates in the assessment of the intern by giving feedback on the intern’s performance at work on completion of the placement

Visiting Tutor

  • Is an academic from the MES Department
  • Visits the intern at the company three times during the year
  • Monitors and assesses the intern’s progress
  • Establishes a link with the employer
  • Counsels the intern confidentially

Intern Student

  • Carries out the work specified by the employer
  • Completes three progress reports and a final report for the University covering professional and personal development
  • Gives a presentation about the placement on returning to the University
  • The responsibilities of each participant are contained in the Placement Agreement, signed by all parties at the start of the placement.

Finding a Student

To advertise your one-year internship to our Mechanical, Medical or Aerospace Engineering students, please contact Kathy Lilley with the following information:

  • Short company description
  • Job description
  • Start date (between July and October)
  • How to apply (CV, application form etc.)
  • Application deadline

"Developing my ability to communicate to working professionals in a transnational company was an invaluable experience."

Rob Fanner, Placement Student, Airbus

"We support industrial year students from Surrey each year - these students show great potential for their level of experience, and often return to 2H following graduation to begin their careers."

Rob Fanner, Glen Jewell, Engineering Team Leader, 2H Offshore

"We know that we will receive many more good applications for placements from students at the University of Surrey than from any other university. We are always impressed by their focus, commitment and the way they present themselves for interview."

Dave Harper, Engineering Training Manager, NATS