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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    No just my opinon it's also the opinion of many recruiting firms I've spoken to. It's one of the courses at Cambridge that we don't encourage people to consider; it hasn't changed enough to meet current requirements.
    Oh yes I'm sure having an Engineering degree from Cambridge would hinder anyone's career.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    Oh yes I'm sure having an Engineering degree from Cambridge would hinder anyone's career.

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    Well I could give specific examples but you won't believe me ...
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    Hi there,

    I'm a second year engineer at Cambridge and I'll try and answer a few of your queries.

    FM is recommended as a huge amount of the first year maths (and other areas) course is dependent on it. The first term maths lectures do technically cover all of the FM content but at a very fast pace (even for people who have done FM). There's also a large amount of maths in the course so if your really not keen on maths this could something to consider.

    I'm not sure about EPQs if it's something you're really interested in then it's probably worth doing. If you think it might impact your A level grades it's probably best to drop it as it won't really be considered by the admissions tutors. Similar with extra curriculars and work experience, they probably won't be considered too much by Cambridge.

    There is a pretty big practical section of the course, there's usually 3 or 4 2 hour labs per week covering all the theory you do in lectures. There's also the structural design project in first year where you get to design, manufacture and test a bridge to destruction. In second year you build a robot in a team, choosing one area to work on in particular (e.g. mechanical or electrical).

    As for the relevancy of the degree the first two years give you a solid base in all disciplines and then you go deeper into one or more specialisms in years 3 and 4. Some of the 4th year modules cover very up to date and specific stuff. http://teaching.eng.cam.ac.uk/conten...s-sets-2015-16.

    Hope this is helpful.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Not just my opinon it's also the opinion of many recruiting firms I've spoken to. It's one of the courses at Cambridge that we don't encourage people to consider; it hasn't changed enough to meet current requirements.
    Their employment rate says otherwise.
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    (Original post by Beelzebob14)
    Their employment rate says otherwise.
    Do the graduates get the jobs they want though? Which firms do they go to?

    Percentages hide a lot of facts.

    Ask which software they use at Cambridge ...
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Ask which software they use at Cambridge ...
    For what?

    http://www-h.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/software/PackageList
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Do the graduates get the jobs they want though? Which firms do they go to?
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...p-com-CC-title

    29,000 ex-Cambridge engineers at:
    Google
    Arup
    BP
    Rolls-Royce
    Shell
    etc
    etc

    NB. Less than 5% are in the Finance sector.

    4,500 - if we drill into Mechanical Engineering only
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...p-com-CC-title

    Rolls-Royce
    Arup
    BP
    Schlumberger
    Jaguar
    etc
    etc

    Looks like they are doing ok-ish.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...p-com-CC-title

    29,000 ex-Cambridge engineers at:
    Google
    Arup
    BP
    Rolls-Royce
    Shell
    etc
    etc

    4,500 - if we drill into Mechanical Engineering only
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...p-com-CC-title

    Rolls-Royce
    Arup
    BP
    Schlumberger
    Jaguar

    Looks like they are doing ok-ish.
    Could do better though ... and how old are these grads? A very restricted list ...

    Things have changed massively in the last five years - I'm not sure Cambridge has - but you won't believe anything I say.
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    So none of the industry standards - Solidworks, CATIA amongst others.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Could do better though ... and how old are these grads? A very restricted list ...

    Things have changed massively in the last five years - I'm not sure Cambridge has - but you won't believe anything I say.
    1,900 Mechanical engineers with attendance since 2010 at
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...p-com-CC-title
    Rolls Royce
    Arup
    BP
    Jaguar
    etc

    Compare to Bath for the same period
    1751 Mech Eng at
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...=ta-chg-school
    Rolls Royce
    Jaguar
    Atkins

    Your point is?
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    (Original post by jneill)
    1,900 Mechanical engineers with attendance since 2010 at
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...p-com-CC-title
    Rolls Royce
    Arup
    BP
    Jaguar
    etc

    Compare to Bath for the same period
    1751 Mech Eng at
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...=ta-chg-school
    Rolls Royce
    Jaguar
    Atkins

    Your point is?
    That's not a proof - who's talking about Bath anyway? I wasn't!

    My point is look to other unis, Cambridge is just not the best for Engineering.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    That's not a proof - who's talking about Bath anyway? I wasn't!

    My point is look to other unis, Cambridge is just not the best for Engineering.
    The OP was.

    Again for Imperial the top employer list for MechEng since 2010 is
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...=ta-chg-school
    Rolls Royce
    Shell
    Jaguar

    looks familiar...

    Anyway you obviously have a thing against Cambridge - and of course there are many good Engineering unis out there so let's just leave it.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    The OP was.

    Again for Imperial the top employer list for MechEng since 2010 is
    https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?...=ta-chg-school
    Rolls Royce
    Shell
    Jaguar

    looks familiar...

    Anyway you obviously have a thing against Cambridge - and of course there are many good Engineering unis out there so let's just leave it.
    I don't have a thing about Cambridge - I send Maths students there every year! Just not the best for Engineering ...
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    I don't have a thing about Cambridge - I send Maths students there every year! Just not the best for Engineering ...
    Which employers have stopped hiring from Cambridge?
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Which employers have stopped hiring from Cambridge?
    Not point in continuing as you haven't responded to my software comment.

    I didn't say they'd stopped but candidates from other unis were being preferred.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Not point in continuing as you haven't responded to my software comment.

    I didn't say they'd stopped but candidates from other unis were being preferred.
    Like you, I'm not an engineer so I have no direct experience of Solidworks v Creo, or if a student is disadvantaged using either one as an undergrad. I doubt it...

    Also Cambridge does use Solidworks too - perhaps that CUED page was old.
    http://www-h.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/prog...ense-info.html
    500 Solidworks licences...
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Like you, I'm not an engineer so I have no direct experience of Solidworks v Creo, or if a student is disadvantaged using either one as an undergrad. I doubt it...

    Also Cambridge does use Solidworks too - perhaps that CUED page was old.
    http://www-h.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/prog...ense-info.html
    500 Solidworks licences...
    Still quite a few missing - CREO is used at A level at my school ...

    Lots of jobs look for experience of packages like CATIA that aren't on this list ...
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Still quite a few missing - CREO is used at A level at my school ...

    Lots of jobs look for experience of packages like CATIA that aren't on this list ...
    I'm surprised a top-tier uni like Cambridge doesn't have Autodesk Inventor as standard. It's widely held as basically just the best CAD out there.
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    (Original post by Beelzebob14)
    It's widely held as basically just the best CAD out there.
    No it's not. It depends entirely on what the application is. It's used at my work, although that's mainly because that's what other companies use and hence it's easier to get people experienced with the package when projects come up.
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    (Original post by Beelzebob14)
    I'm surprised a top-tier uni like Cambridge doesn't have Autodesk Inventor as standard. It's widely held as basically just the best CAD out there.
    Just on this:

    Mech Eng jobs asking for Autocad Inventor: 290
    http://www.indeed.co.uk/jobs?http://...-inventor-jobs

    vs those asking for Solidworks: 1,474
    http://www.indeed.co.uk/jobs?q=Mecha...eer+solidworks

    Oh, but Autodesk itself does offer summer placements for Cambridge engineers
 
 
 
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