Dr Andrew Rees Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering



We asked Dr. Andrew Rees, our Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, some frequently asked questions:

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering involves the designing and making of things ranging from automotive, aerospace and power generation through to raw material recovery, recycling and more. It’s modern day engineering, which means it’s not all about getting your hands dirty and working in overalls. It’s a discipline with a leading edge in technology, with more and more new emerging industries dependent on it.

What is the course at Swansea famous for?

Here at Swansea, you are in good hands as we are a world-leader in Computational Methods which is very desirable in industry. Not only does our speciality have industrial relevance, it makes us a competitive university that produces competitive graduates, as proven by our employability stats.

How do I know if it's right for me?

If you are a creative person who is interested in design and the application of Maths and Physics to make something tangible, then Mechanical Engineering is right for you. Mechanical Engineers are team players as it’s very much a team sport.

What will the course look like?

In Year 1 and 2, you will learn about the fundamentals and build up to Advanced Manufacturing. Some of the focuses will include Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Dynamics, such as why the wheels on a car may shake when you drive it. Year 3 is all about applying what you’ve learnt in the first two years, as well as doing specialist modules such as Digital Manufacturing, Robotics, and Industry 4.0

Although it varies, you can expect to have 23 hours per week of contact time. This includes 4 hours of practicals in labs in groups of 5 to 6 people observing, gathering data, and performing tasks together. Per module, you are also expected to do approximately 6 hours per week of independent study to achieve your best on the course.

What jobs can I do when I graduate?

Studying Mechanical Engineering doesn’t mean you marry into one industry. It’s a broad sector that gives you a good set of competencies which can take you into a wide range of industries, such as automotive, food service, construction, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, project management, and more.

Mechanical Engineering covers the widest range of products of all branches of engineering. The Mechanical Engineer, who needs to be at the leading edge of technology, is probably the most versatile and therefore the most marketable of all professional engineers.