"The Applied section of the degree title initially attracted me to the AEP as I was keen to take my studies and prove their relevance within the company. I have not been disappointed. The course so far has helped me develop a strong fundamental knowledge in key modules such as mechanics, energy methods and electronics benefiting my maintenance role within company. Engineering Business and design have also given me a broader understanding of how engineering companies operate as a whole. The first year of the AEP has been a challenging and rewarding experience."
Andrew Batsford, Engineering Apprentice, Stadco Ltd
"Having completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electronic Engineering, I wanted to carry on studying as part of my career development. I chose AEP because of the reputation of a Warwick degree and the course content and structure. I also liked that AEP covers business, systems and quality which should smooth progression into technical management. Regular assessments throughout the course allow you to see how you are progressing and is much better than the traditional end-of-year exams. The broad curriculum helps develop a more ‘rounded’ engineer and allows you to study areas outside of your current role for the benefit of your longer term career. I have recently gained a promotion and have been applying things I have learned on AEP to the new role so my company is already seeing a return on its investment."
Oliver Sanders, Design Engineer, L-3 TRL
"Signalling combines both electrical and mechanical aspects. Nevertheless, there is a tendency to concentrate on one or the other. The AEP has given me a much better understanding of mechanics. I am already in a much better position to review contractors’ plans and costs. This puts Network Rail in a much stronger position and more able to obtain an overall cost-effective solution. The programme is very challenging but I am finding it extremely interesting and useful.”
Jason Day, Asset Engineer Signalling (Renewals & Enhancements), Network Rail
"I jumped at the opportunity of the AEP (BEng): primarily to open up career opportunities, but also to link the years of practical experiences with the theoretical models. AEP enables you to study, but also share experiences with a wider audience."
Mike Gardner, Workforce Readiness Supervisor, Vehicle Operations, Jaguar Land Rover
"The design of studying in week blocks makes the balance of work, study and home seem more manageable. It was also the attraction of studying at Warwick and mixing with other professions that appealed. I work in asset management and I am beginning to benefit from learning the generic principles of engineering and business and this is providing me with a greater understanding of the business I work in. The course is intimidating at first but as I have adapted to studying again I now enjoy it. I would definitely recommend it to other NR employees for all the reasons above and the Moodle facility (the AEP Virtual Learning Environment) is brilliant for distance learning .”
Catherine Olorenshaw, Project Manager, Route Asset Management, Network Rail
"The AEP degree programme is one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life, but it has been a tremendously enlightening experience and I feel I am starting to become ‘an engineer’. At each personal review the growth in my ability has been mentioned and the fact I now look at the bigger picture in regards to the organisation rather than just my own job role.”
Gordon Harris, AME Engineer Upperstructures, Jaguar Land Rover