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Rebecca Smith

  • BEng (Hons) Robotics Engineering 2014

It was a conversation with her Sixth Form mentor’s husband which convinced Rebecca that a career in engineering would be for her. Originally coming to UCLan to study Electronic Engineering, she enjoyed the optional Robotics modules so much that she decided to switch courses and pursue a degree in Robotics Engineering - a course fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

“My lecturers were fantastic, they worked their socks off, and without them working as hard as they did, my degree wouldn’t have the accreditation, meaning I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

“I remember one of my first assignments was racing a robot around a maze. Everyone thought I was crazy when I was telling them, but it genuinely happened! The aim was to create a program to control the robot and to put it to the test we used the maze to see whose program worked the best.”

Rebecca – who graduated with a First Class degree- now works as a Graduate Engineer at UK Power Works, where, alongside her training she works as an engineer to restore power to homes and businesses in the event of a fault on the network. 


“Seeing my portfolio of completed jobs slowly increase makes me feel like I’m contributing to the company and doing something useful, and to me there really isn’t any greater achievement.”


Rebecca applied for the job through the careers website GradCracker and soon managed to secure work down south before graduating. According to her: “I spent two weeks in the summer learning to drive in my hometown (Morecambe), passed my test and moved down to Kent the next morning. I spent the rest of my summer settling in, and started my job mid-September.”

Rebecca says she finds her career in engineering incredibly rewarding: “There’s nothing like the good feeling you get when someone comes out and genuinely thanks you for getting their electricity back on as quickly as you can.”

“Seeing my portfolio of completed jobs slowly increase makes me feel like I’m contributing to the company and doing something useful, and to me there really isn’t any greater achievement.”

However, she does put some of her success down to the people she met through UCLan. Rebecca describes her flatmates “as majorly supportive, totally hilarious and the best people I could have lived with. I miss spending evenings with them playing board games for hours, or all cooking dinner and then watching TV together, so they are the best memories I have of my time at UCLan.”

As for some final advice to new students “Always be honest when it comes to not knowing something, and not only do you learn quicker that way, you gain more respect and appreciation.”