Have you got the engineering ‘X-factor’?

Posted on 5 Mar 2009 by The Manufacturer

A new award has been launched to find the best university-based UK engineer, with a cash prize of £3,000 up for grabs for the winner.

The Engineering Undergraduate of the Year award is a new category in the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards; the largest awards of their kind.

The category is open to pre-final year undergraduates studying mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, control and instrumentation, civil engineering or material science.

“This is an exciting new award category in the TARGETjobs Awards 2009 and is designed to find undergraduates who have that something extra – who are academically above average, natural problem-solvers and great communicators,” said Chris Phillips, a director at awards organiser Group GTI.

“The engineers of the future will be tackling some of the biggest challenges that society faces not least that of sustainable power. The new award is designed to celebrate the talent within this field, bring recognition to the skills needed to excel within the industry and to raise the profile of engineering careers amongst engineering students.”

The winner will be chosen through a two-stage competition comprising a technical test about power generation and a telephone interview. The test has been devised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.