Chetan Deep Singh
MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering, 2016
Senior Engineer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
I currently work as a CAE Durability Engineer for Vehicle Interiors domain at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Chennai, India. This means I use computer-aided tools for Finite Element Analysis of Vehicle Interiors. My areas of expertise include the Instrument Panel, Floor Console, Steering Column, Seats and various other plastic trims that vehicle occupants interact with.
My typical day includes building models and scenarios for analysing the durability of each and every component that goes into the interior sub-assemblies. Furthermore, should any anomalies be flagged I also suggest design changes to make sure the analysed parts fall within the prescribed parameters.
What is the best thing about what you’re doing now?
Working in the automotive industry is a constant learning process with new technologies and research giving us breakthroughs almost every day. Being able to stay abreast with the latest developments in a field that is constantly evolving is a wonderful experience. Additionally, the satisfaction of seeing your virtual work turn into a physical entity is as surreal as it gets.
What made you interested in your current role?
My fascination with the automobile started way back when I was in the first year of my Bachelor's degree. I was chosen to be a part of the team representing my first university at the Shell Eco Marathon Asia event in 2012 by my seniors who were impressed with my desire to learn and work hands on. The hard labour put in made me fall in love with the automotive world and I haven't looked back since.
How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?
My growth towards finding my ideal career path started at the University of Birmingham. It was a perfect transition from my student life to my work life. After graduating, I came back to India and in about six months, I got onto the graduate program at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. One year of training period later, I found my calling to be vehicle interiors. Another couple of years down the line and I have the same passion (if not more) to work, explore and solve new problems every day.
What motivates you?
My biggest motivation lies in the challenges I face in my work every day. No two days are the same. Sure, the workload changes from time to time but each day brings on a new problem that I love to solve!
Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?
I applied to the University of Birmingham having looked at the modules and their diversity on offer. I have been a student of Mechanical Engineering and will always be. The University's courses under the MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering program left me with no doubt where my thirst for knowledge would be fulfilled.
What are your fondest memories of the University?
There are many fond memories I smile back on. From the late nights spent in the labs to partying with friends at the Goose or S'Oak. Walks on the ever-lively Bristol Road or along the canal in the summer. Getting up early to hit the gym and then rushing to a far-away block for classes! Lastly, I can never forget the Great Hall; that holy place and that convocation ceremony!
Did you get involved in any extracurricular activities as a student?
Yes, I was a Student Representative for my cohort and that included discussing any grievances or suggestions from the students and bringing them to light. We had regular meetings with the council and I remember having had some good debates.
How did your time at University help you start your career?
The biggest influence that the University had in kick-starting my career was that it prepared me for the rigours of work life. Be it the assignments, the thesis or the exams, the stakes were always high and I guess creating that competitive atmosphere without the student feeling pressurised is something the staff and the curriculum tackled perfectly.
“I would like to tell anyone studying MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering that this course has the potential to open up many doors for you. Be open and receptive to the knowledge that is disseminated here is priceless. Make the most of your time at the University of Birmingham.”