I chose UL as it has an extremely high academic reputation, and it also has an extremely wide variety of courses to chose from. I was interested in this course initially as I had always been interested in Business in secondary school and I was extremely interested in day-to-day technology and engineering. However, I had never studied technology or engineering subjects in school. After researching about Technology Management and seeing how it was such an inclusive course, I decided it would help me to further my interests.
At first, I was extremely apprehensive about the course and how much of the course I would comprehend not having completed any engineering subjects before. I met with Alan, our course director, and he assured me that as long as I kept up to date with lectures and lab’s I would be well able for the course and he was right, as all of the modules are thought at a beginner’s level and extra assistance is available if needed. The course consists of a mixture of engineering and business. My favorite modules were Manufacturing Technology, Decision Support Tools, Drawing and CAD and Lean thinking and Lean Tools. These modules were my favorite as they gave a great mix of hands learning, such as in Manufacturing technology, to switching it up to classroom-based learning.
I really enjoyed meeting all the people in my course. We have done many activities together as a class. We have gotten the opportunity to visit facilities such as Lufthansa and Zimmer Biomet. This allowed us to see how Lean thinking and Lean tools is incorporated in the companies’ day-to-day activities, it also gave us an insight into what our future careers could possibly look like, it was because of these excursions and seeing the work that was being completed on a daily basis, that I knew I had chosen the right course for me.
I was lucky enough to secure my Co-Op in Johnson and Johnson. It is a medical device company that manufactures contact lenses on a daily business. During my placement, I was placed in the Engineering Department as a Manufacturing Engineer. I worked as a team as well as doing mostly lone work due to Covid-19. Some of the projects I worked on was the installation of a new manufacturing line, Line 38, including assisting with all the testing that goes a long with it, and
doing obsolescence for my department (3GT). As well as doing other daily projects throughout placement. I learned many skills while working in J&J such as communication skills, teamwork skills, organizational skills, and IT skills. I was also lucky enough to complete my Final Year Project in conjunction with Johnson and Johnson. My Final year was based on a daily issue that occurs in Johnson and Johnson known as 512IDR mismatches.