Kalid Subhi, BEng Mechanical Engineering (Industrial) alumni

Kalid Subhi

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? 

Since completing my industrial BEng in Mechanical Engineering, I completed an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering, pursued professional accreditations in specialised CAD techniques, and began working as as a Design Engineer in food process manufacturing.

In my role as a Design Engineer at Hilton Process Solutions, I produce high quality, cost effective technical drawings and instrumentation diagrams of food process equipment, and review technical and operational content of designs to ensure they meet company standards, domestic and international standards and client requirements.


What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

 The numerous group assignments during the course of my BEng enabled me to appreciate the importance of working with others, specifically offering and acknowledging constructive critique. This has prepared me well for group projects that I am currently involved in during my graduate job as a design engineer.

Why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

The University of Leeds is one of the most regarded universities in Europe, and its Mechanical Engineering course consistently ranks amongst the highest in the UK league tables.  The course is delivered by the most esteemed academics in their field. The University’s links to industry, and alumni employment and career support was also greatly appealing to me.

What was the best aspect of your course?

The course provided ample opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practice, such as in the design and manufacturing of an all-terrain buggy as part of the Design and Manufacturing module in years 1 & 2, and the testing to various material for their mechanical properties in engineering materials module in year 3.

What was the best aspect of the year in industry?

During my year in industry I worked as a professional maintenance student at Unilever, in Leeds. The year industry allowed me to continue learning under the mentorship and direction of experienced engineers of various disciplines, while gaining valuable experience in a position of responsibility in the front line of a fast-moving consumer goods giant. For example, my work in the engineering stores improved stock accuracy by 9% over the course of the first 6 months. During my time at Unilever I was also tasked with conducted a 5WHY analysis of an incident that occurred in the warehouse loading docks. The results of my analysis informed changes to safety protocols in the warehouse.

Do you have any advice for students considering taking a year in industry?

Do it! Don’t worry about graduating a year later than your friends. The level of mentorship offered during an industrial placement, and the insight and experience you gain is invaluable, and you will not find yourself afforded such an opportunity at any other time in your professional career.

What activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

Departmental football team, Gymnastics club Leeds, Formula Student

What would you say to students thinking about studying your course?

Take a look at the course modules offered, and the credentials of the world-renowned lecturers and researchers that will teach and support you on your journey.  Not only is the course well structured and the level of teaching phenomenal, but the level of support the course provided, both academic and otherwise is incredible, and the networking and employment opportunities offered will set you up very well for a career in mechanical engineering.