William Hewetson-Brown

William Hewetson-Brown

MEng Engineering

From: Reading, UK

My top three tips for getting the most out of University:

1. Don’t just do the minimum work required, sign up to other projects and societies.
2. Try and do a year in industry, it is a great experience.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.


Why did you choose to study at the University of Liverpool’s School of Engineering?

Great city and the engineering projects looked interesting.


Why did you choose your Engineering course?

Mechanical engineering appealed most to me because of my background work experience with machinery.


What have you enjoyed most about your student experience?

Meeting new people, learning new skills, and exploring Liverpool.


How have you found the learning experience at University?

Very good, the group projects and variety of courses has made it an enjoyable and valuable experience.


What skills have you developed? What challenges have you faced, and how did you overcome them?

Working to deadlines. Pushing yourself to get the most out of an experience. Meeting and working with new people.


What do you get up to when you are not studying? 

Going to music events, watching films, and playing sport.


What have you enjoyed most about living in Liverpool?

The wide variety of things to do, from going to events to exploring cathedrals and parks.


Where did you do your industry placement, and what did you do?

AWE, employed as a mechanical engineer I was part of two different placements. The first was a design, build, test project of an ejection system. The team was able to satisfy the requirements and assemble a complete system. The second placement was designing a mass mock component with incorporated data acquisition for mechanical testing. During working from home, I was able to test and use the data acquisition system.


What have you personally got out of your placement in industry?

I have gained a huge amount of experience in how engineering projects are affected by business constraints. I have developed new skills that cannot be taught in University which will help me with my future career in engineering.