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Steven Bourne

MSc Mechanical Engineering
PTC Postgraduate Prize for Outstanding Achievement on a Postgraduate Programme

Experienced engineer, Steven Bourne, has gone all the way from apprentice to MSc, picking up awards and accolades on his way. His company, EADS Astrium, where he designs telecommunication satellites as a Structures Engineer, sponsored him to attend one day a week for his accredited MSc. It’s an arrangement that’s worked for everyone…

A great confidence boost – for Steven and his employer

Steven’s found it’s boosted not just his skills and knowledge but his belief in his abilities too, especially in presenting to large groups. “My course has provided me with some excellent engineering skills which have given me the confidence and ability to do this job. I believe my academic success has also given my employer the confidence to trust me with the responsibilities associated with my current job role,” he says.

Steven’s advice

“Go for it! It will help to cement and expand upon your existing engineering knowledge and help you to develop good technical and managerial skills ... Also, if you are a young engineer wanting to become chartered, it is almost essential to be educated to Master’s level. I’m hoping to successfully apply and become a chartered engineer this year.”

Where next?

For now, Steven’s finished studying, “Although I may get bored and enrol for a doctorate at some point in the distant future!” he says. He’s busy making the most of his spare time, learning to play the electric guitar. “If I put even half as much time into practising as I did studying …… then I’ll be a rock star in no time!”