Mechanical Engineering is vital to everyday life and has been around for centuries. It shapes the world in which we are living and the future on which we rely. From basic objects like wheels to the ever useful screws and inclined planes, from cars to aeroplanes, from paperclips to the rail industry, from bridges to skyscrapers, they all work under the foundations and principles laid out by the laws of mechanics.

We have seen how machines have made our lives easier and the wonders of mechanical engineering. But what is the future of engineering?

The future of mechanical engineering is spread across various emerging streams that hold many promises to make the future a better place to live in. And there is good news for those post graduate students in engineering.

This week, details of how a £350m fund will be used to train over 3,500 post graduate students in engineering and physical sciences have been announced by science minister David Willetts. The money, the UK’s largest investment in post graduate training in engineering and physical sciences, will fund over 70 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across 24 UK universities.

The targeted funding has been allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and recipients include University College London with seven centres set to receive support.

Willetts said: “Scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society. It is their talent and imagination, as well as their knowledge and skills, that inspire innovation and drive growth across a range of sectors, from manufacturing to financial services.

“I am particularly pleased to see strong partnerships between universities, industry and business among the new centres announced today. This type of collaboration is a key element of our industrial strategy and will continue to keep us at the forefront of the global science race.”

Here at PRV Engineering we support any investment and look forward to the positive results that will come from this latest move to stimulate the industry and ensure that our future is in good hands.

PRV Engineering CEO Simon Jones said; “We were established in 1986, and since then, the company has expanded and developed its well-equipped 38000 sq. ft. facility in Pontypool, south Wales.

“We manufacture for an expanse of industries and with our multi discipline ‘True One Stop Shop’ attitude, we are able to provide a complex and diverse range of products and services to our customers that allow them to satisfy their requirements from a single source with only one company to interact with and only one purchase order to raise.”

”PRV encourages investment in all areas of the business. My only concern is whether this level of investment would be better off spent on rhe redevelopment of engineering skills in schools and colleges?”

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