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School of Engineering - Group Projects

School of Engineering - Projects

At the School of Engineering, we will provide you with a range of exciting opportunities to undertake multiple group projects, allowing you to develop key employability skills.

Our courses are designed to provide you with project work in every year of study. This ensures that you will get exposure, and can apply the academic knowledge you have gained, to practical, hands-on work. This provides you the opportunity to develop valuable skills including problem-solving, time management, communication and teamwork. 

Year 1 – Mechanical and Electrical Students   

In Year 1, you will be challenged to programme a robot to follow a white line through obstacles and sharp edges. This project will provide you with the skills to develop and explain the logic behind programmes that instruct robots to use colour sensor readings to make decisions.

Year 2 – Mechanical Students

As part of a group, you will dismantle and reassemble an engine to understand the principles of engine design. You will carry out aerodynamic testing in a wind tunnel, which is a key aspect to success in applications of aerospace, motorsport, automotive and wind turbine development. You will also be challenged to research and design a particular mechanical product.

Year 2 – Electrical Students

Working as part of a team, you will put your learnings to the test and will build an armoured sumo-wresting robot. You will develop and integrate various circuits, putting this in the framework of the robot. With a limited budget, you will build, present and go up against other groups, testing your sumo robot.

Year 3 – Mechanical Students

In Year 3, you will go head-to-head in a fiercely competitive race on the university campus, testing your soapbox racers. You and your team will be giving a limited budget, where you will carefully research, design and build a go-cart. You will then attempt to complete a planned route, weaving through obstacles to test your steering and braking skills, with gold, silver and bronze trophies awarded to the three fastest teams.

Year 3 – Electrical Students

You will work in a group to design and create an autonomous robot land yacht. You will test your land yacht at Balmedie beach where you will have three attempts to complete a circuit. The project will provide you with numerous skills where you will develop an electronic circuit, sensors and microcontrollers.

Year 4 and 5 – Electrical and Mechanical Students

In Year 4, you will engage in an individual academic or industrial project, where you will utilise the skills you have learned to complete a yearlong project from design to completion.

MEng students in Year 5 will take part in a yearlong group project. This project will provide you with the experience of working within a team, the way engineers often work in industry.

In Year 4 and Year 5, you will take part in the Schools Residential Course, which helps to prepare you for the transition between university and employment. This two-day course will improve your team working, presentation and other skills relevant to employability, as well as hearing from industry speakers and recent graduates.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities for you to get involved in. These activities include competing in the international Formula Student competition, the worldwide MATE ROV challenge and industrial visits.

“I had the opportunity to participate in the MATE Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) challenge as a member of the RGU team, Special ROV Service. Held in a different locale in North America every year, students from all over the world compete against each other with purpose built ROVs. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow peers, make contact with influential members of industry and show off your engineering skills.” - Bruce Mackenzie, MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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