|What I’m going to try to do with this segment is give you an idea of what it is like to be an engineering student at uni.
I’ll be doing one every few weeks about the kind of things we have to do on the course, and just how hard being an engineering student is.
I’m sure you think it’s all sex drugs and rock and roll, but you’d be very much mistaken.
I think people need to appreciate that much like the drivers, a Formula One engineer has probably dreamed of being there since he was 3 year old.
I know I have.
|Whereas a driver has had lower Formulae and a ladder to climb, we have had GCSE’s, A-Levels, and University to make ourselves stand out. Unlike a driver though, we aren’t helped by budget. It doesn’t matter how lucky we are. We’re judged on our ability, pure and simple.
This is why a race win in is such a big deal with the team all cheering under the podium. It’s not just all the work in the race, or at the track, or at the factory. It’s the life times of the people involved, all dreaming of that moment, and working themselves as hard as possible to get there.For me, every waking hour is spent thinking about my next move to get me closer to F1, and at this moment in time, I am working on a computer design project, where by me and 5 others have to replicate a model racing car in the industry standard software, CATIA V5.
Our car is Alonso’s first race winning car, the Renault R23, and my job within our team is to model the front wing, cockpit, and then make the real life model kit. Simple, yeah? well no. We have been thrown in a the deep end, and told to learn it ourselves. Not just that, but we do not have long to do it. On top of that, we have to juggle just as much work as normal. Last week, my average was 8 hours a day extra just spent on this. Hence I’m bloody shattered.
But that’s what the degree is all about. Working yourself stupid, pushing to the limits, to prove you are the best, and get you that dream job. The best thing is, it has become a labour of love, which is the best way to describe being an engineer.
The work is brutal, and you not only need to be academically gifted, but you also need the commitment and pure passion for it to be able to not kill yourself.
For an engineering student, Uni is not all sex drugs and rock and roll. It’s long hours, red bull and your mates. Because nothing makes doing coursework bare-able like caffeine and banter.
And when we’re in Monaco, it will all be worth it.
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