I truly appreciated the eagerness of the course lecturers to preserve a very high quality of teaching, which puts The University of Manchester at the forefront of the engineering institutions.
Course dates: 2011-2012
Current occupation: Drives Systems Engineer, ABB
Although I had little relevant experience before, the Electrical Energy Conversion Systems MSc course helped me broaden my background in power conversion technologies and boosted my employability, giving me the opportunity to join ABB, a world leader in the power and automation industry.
My current position is at a graduate level and my main responsibility is the design of integrated electrical systems for variable speed drives, power electronics and automation-related projects covering a wide range of applications, from energy efficiency in industry to renewable generation. Moreover, I will have the chance to participate in a six-month group project which will enable me to work through the obtaining of the ILM certificate in Line Management.
My current position comprises a specialised engineering role and is directly shaped to the content of my academic studies and research interests. What I most enjoy is that it gives me the opportunity to apply my university-gained knowledge both theoretically and practically, either when it comes to systems design engineering or to the testing and commissioning of complex variable speed drives systems.
I really enjoyed the diverse range of modules covering aspects of electrical machines design and modelling, power electronics applications and electrical drives. I also liked the project-oriented nature of the course, with a significant part of the assessment process relying on practical design assignments and laboratory exercises. Last but not least, I truly appreciated the eagerness of the course lecturers to preserve a very high quality of teaching, which puts The University of Manchester at the forefront of the engineering institutions.
Apart from providing me with thorough knowledge of electrical machines and power electronics fundamentals, this MSc course helped me understand in depth the modern control and system integration techniques required nowadays by an electrical drives systems designer. What is more, I found particularly useful the fact that I had to carry out consecutive assignments under tight deadlines, which helped me improve my time management skills and better prepared me for the project-based nature of my new role.
This MSc course is a specially designed programme addressing the future needs for electrical energy conversion technologies. It is a rather intensive and demanding course, requiring perseverance and hard work. However, the result shall be rewarding for all the graduates, with exciting opportunities waiting for them whether they decide to work in the power conversion industry or if they wish to continue to research studies.