Graduate success story: Corrie Beech

Name: Corrie Beech
Course: Computer Aided Product Design
Year of Graduation: 2001
 
Corrie Beech’s career has really taken flight after completing a degree at the University of Wolverhampton. Now working for one of the world’s leading companies, he is destined for great things.
 
Corrie works for Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace as an Advanced Component Definition Engineer. He first came to the attention of the company during his sandwich year at University, where he was studying at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. As part of his BSc (Hons) Computer Aided Product Design, Corrie completed a placement at Rolls-Royce Nuclear Engineering Services Limited in Wolverhampton and went on to secure a job at the firm’s base in Bristol.
 
Corrie recognises the value of working in industry and gaining experience of how a company works as part of a university education.
 
“The sandwich year was particularly useful, as I worked on Computer Aided Design (CAD) and project management, and I realised I wanted to work for a company like Rolls-Royce, as they can take you as far as you want to go,” he says.
 
Rolls-Royce is the number one military aero engine manufacturer in Europe and powers approximately 25 per cent of the world's military fleet. Corrie’s current role involves taking new engineering designs and applying them to new aeroplanes.
 
“We flesh out the concept designs, acting as a bridge between the idea of a new part and taking it to manufacture,” Corrie explains.
 
Corrie says he uses the many skills he learnt as part of his University course during his everyday working life. As well as CAD, Corrie studied modules in project management and engineering, which have proved extremely useful for his career.
 
“The course gives you a grounding to apply yourself to any role within design and engineering. Working for a company like Rolls-Royce, I use nearly all the skills I learnt at University,” he says.
 
Corrie is hugely positive about his time at University, and how it set him on the path of his chosen career.
 
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