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A day in the life of an Engineering student

A day in the life of an Engineering student

This month’s interview is with José Ortega, who is an Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering student here at Wrexham Glyndwr University, he’s also a WGU Insider.

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So José, why did you choose to study aeronautical and mechanical engineering at Wrexham Glyndwr University?

I chose to study aeronautical and mechanical engineering at Wrexham Glyndwr University because I was really wanted to study in English as this is very important to me, and more so in the world of engineering, knowledge in English is essential. Also, the idea that study in the UK is much more practical, motivated me a lot.

Another aspect that helped me choose WGU is that Wrexham is very well connected. In my case the airport of my city in Spain has excellent connections with Liverpool and Manchester airports. (I am even better connected to my hometown than if I were studying in another Spanish city!) A good friend of mine also studied here and spoke very well about the university and the engineering knowledge that he had acquired here.

What’s your favourite part of your course?

To be honest, I really enjoy all the things that make up the course. From the lectures to the practical aspects. But what I like most are the simulations of Fluid Mechanics with ANSYS (a software of numerical simulation) as well as the tests we have done in the wind tunnel. This makes it much more hands on way to learn and understand everything better! I am currently developing my final degree project called "Improved Seed Release System for the Study of Plant Growth on the Lunar Surface" and I am enjoying it a lot, for all the research I am developing, as well as the designs I am doing with INVENTOR design software.

Describe a typical day as an engineering student.

My typical day is composed of classes; in which theory is taught and many problems are solved and Teamwork; something that is very important in Engineering. Engineers are not isolated entities, they must know how to communicate with the rest of their team as well as feel part of the team and practices in the laboratories of aerodynamics (with wind tunnels) or fluid mechanics.

A great part of studying here is the "open door" policy. So if you need any clarification on any of the concepts seen in class or any other help/details, you can simply go to your professor's office and they will answer your questions.

Are you working on any interesting projects at the minute?

Yes, I am! It’s called "Improved Seed Release System for the Study of Plant Growth on the Lunar Surface". I am improving a design that I presented along with my team last year in an international competition in India (Our project was among the top 15 finalists of the 3400 initial proposals!) using a lot of knowledge learned on my course along with design programs and 3D printing technology. This system would serve to study how is the growth of plants under a gravity that is six times fewer than the terrestrial one. My team, like me, think that by comparing the growth of the plant on the Moon as well as on Earth, the growth of the stem of the plant will be higher on the Moon at the same time scales.

How much time do you spend working outside of lectures/workshops?

Personally, I try to use around 6 hours a day. This way I can analyse in detail everything I’ve seen in class and work intensely on my project. I like to use all that time because I am really passionate about my degree as well as the final project that I am doing. It’s a great opportunity!

What do you get up to in your spare time?

I love science, research, the environment, space and technology, so when I am not doing uni work, I like to be reading about each of the new discoveries made in the field of science. I love taking trips around Wales, doing sports and taking walks around Erddig. One of the most remarkable aspects of the university is the multiculturalism that you can find. I have colleagues from the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Italy, Germany, etc. You learn a lot from each of the countries and I enjoy spending time with them when we go out together to go on excursions, to do sports or to have dinner.

And finally, what’s your one tip for anyone thinking about studying engineering at Glyndwr?

I would say to study a lot and make a big effort in the subjects related to Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in school and college as this will be a big help when you arrive at university.

Glyndwr is a good university that offers the specialised attention to each student in order to be successful in their professional career. Come, work very hard, dream strongly and you will see how far you can go!


If you’re thinking about studying engineering here, you can find out more about our courses at an open day, or take a look online.

About the Author

Hannah Lea

Hannah Lea

Hannah graduated from LJMU with a degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies in 2014. Since then, she has worked in a number of marketing and communications roles and is now Digital Communications Officer at Wrexham Glyndwr.