Manufacturing Engineering (MET) is offered as a ‘Part II’-only course. Students can apply to transfer to Manufacturing Engineering after completing Part I of Chemical Engineering or Engineering. It is one of the most misunderstood course in Cambridge: It isn’t burly northern men telling you how to bash bits of metal and afternoons spent bodging things out of 2x4 - instead it is a quality education in business for people who want to know whether making concrete blocks is going to make them a millionaire...
What about the MET course at Cambridge appealed to you?
If you’re tempted by engineering, but worried that you’ll spend the rest of your life worrying about decimal places and conversion factors, then this is the course for you. If your dream is to be the next Richard Branson, this course is for you. If you want to have 40 best mates when you leave uni, this course is for yo
How have you found the structure of the course?
The first year concentrates on the skills you need to know to run your own business. This includes how you finance it, HR issues, factory organisation, materials processing and design of real products. One of the best things about Manufacturing Engineering is the opportunities you get to apply these skills – teams of four put together a business proposal: the product can be nearly anything as long as you can demonstrate its ability to make money. Projects have ranged from a special feedback glove to help blind people to the “Water Mortar” water gun. Whether you lean more towards technical, design, finance, management or some of each, you have the opportunity to get as much out of it as you want, even take the idea forward commercially. The glove has already paid off a few overdrafts. The final year is much more outward looking. You’ll learn about and apply lots of skills such as business strategy and marketing.
What types of work do you have to do?
Whilst some of the course takes place in fairly informal seminars, a lot of it is project based in teams and involves visits to companies outside Cambridge. Ask any MET about the banter in the minibuses or company project stories and you’ll quickly realise that not only have they gained valuable experience of the real world, they’ve learnt more about themselves and others than any other degree allows.
Do you have career plans?
We’ve been offered jobs by companies we’ve done projects with, by multinationals and management consultants. In fact, rumour has it that the Money Earning Tripos has the highest average starting salary of all in Cambridge.
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