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    1. jkf1192

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      Hi everyone,
      I am a foundation year student studying mechanical engineering at the university of salford.
      I just joined this forum, i hope it is beneficial for me. I wanted to ask you guys that is there anything beneficial that I should study during my summer holidays, before the start of my first year. :)
       
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    3. Abdulrahman

      Abdulrahman New Member

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      Take deep breath my friend and have fun before you start.
      Best Regards,

      Marine Eng. Abdulrahman
       
    4. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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      :D Sounds like great advice! Welcome to the forum both of you. I see that you're both using the new iPhone app. It's great to see this because we only just launched it!
       
    5. jkf1192

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      Cheers mate! Thanks for the reply. I have enjoyed studying the foundation year, cant wait for the real engineering to start. And gareth i got to know about your forum through app store. Looks to me like a great forum :D oh btw Ive got an exam tomorrow hope it goes well :)
       
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      Best of luck with the exam. Hope it goes well!
       
    7. mhjones12

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      My advice, after almost 10 years of collage and having applied for multiple positions for both internships and jobs at all degree levels, is NOT to strive for a high GPA. Instead, focus that extra effort on joining extracurricular engineering projects and groups (like Formula SAE, etc.) and get as much experience doing real engineering as possible. Also, every summer you need to make getting an internship a top priority. Your first couple years will likely be more math, physics, and humanities than engineering, but there are still internships out there for first and second year students.

      From my experience, companies gloss right over my 3.9 GPA and go straight to “Oh, you don’t haven any internships?” Considering how much time, pain, and self-denial it took to maintain that GPA, it sucks big time, believe me. Looking back, I would trade my GPA for more extracurricular experience and internships. Companies care much more about your experience than about having a great GPA. You should still strive for a respectable GPA, but I would suggest putting priority on real engineering experience. At my school at least (UC Davis), the coursework focus is very “academic” and not nearly as directly applicable to real-world engineering as a young engineering student might hope. Of course, your school may be different, in which case my advice is not quite as applicable, but I would still hold to it. Even if you have to come up with your own projects, do it. You should have invaluable resources at your school that you can pull on (CAD programs, computer labs, metal shops, library, etc.)

      Hope this helps.
       
    8. jkf1192

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      Thank you so much for your reply mh jones. I really appreciate your advice on getting some work experience. I was actually thinking that myself and have come up with a few ideas for my summer holidays. I will also try to look for internships, and make my the most of my time :)
       
    9. Auto Engineer

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      Please advise what GPA stands for and what are internships?

      I am a Automotive Engineer by trade and have beein in this industry for over 25 years, I have many qualifications in all surrounding areas to engineering that are affected or could be affected by it such as law, management, health and safety etc. I have worked my engineering experience and training up to completing a degree, where I have started to follow the pathway for the BENG(Hons) degree. At this present time I am working my way through the maths and science, physics etc, which I find quite enjoyable but am questioning some aspects of the examples given as they appear more academic rather than applied if you can see what I am trying to say:D

      I hope you enjoy your studies at Salford, just down the road from me actually:D, where I am doing my studies part time by distance learning through the OU as I am working in full time employment.

      David:D
       
    10. Erich

      Erich Well-Known Member

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      GPA= Grade Point Average

      Internships: Low or no paid work for people attending university. Designed to give students exposure to the real world of engineering and not just the academic side.

      For someone with your experience and now going back for the degree, I would think an internship would be a waste of time for you.
      The company would be getting a great deal tho.
       
    11. Auto Engineer

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      Thanks Erich for the explanations.
       

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