Helen Mullen

Programme leader

Helen Mullen


Helen has been teaching engineering higher education courses for a number of years. Prior to joining B&FC, she taught BAE Systems apprentices for Liverpool John Moores University in Preston.

The inspiration for Helen’s move into teaching came while working as a manufacturing systems engineer at Lucas Automotive. Here, she found herself having to train the older engineers how to use the computers needed for material/component tracking. She enjoyed teaching so much she eventually decided to do it full-time.

Expert In...

• general engineering science
• mechanical principles
• automotive science and engineering
• analytical methods

Courses I Teach

Qualifications and Accolades

• MPhil: ‘Alternative methods of dynamic simulation to FEA’; research based masters – Lancaster University
• MSc Mechatronics; taught masters – Lancaster University
• PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education - UCLan
• BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Engineering - University of Staffordshire
• Accredited degree for chartered status by IMechE

Industry Background

My industry experience was gained while employed as a manufacturing systems engineer for an automotive manufacturing supplier. This involved installing new shop-floor layouts to deliver components on a Kanban system to many well-known car manufacturers, including Lotus, Rolls Royce and Toyota.

Professional Activities

Course development to drive up success rates in learning.

Why B&FC?

I started at B&FC in 2014 at a time when the Engineering Department was expanding rapidly. I saw our automotive provision as a key growth area, with the industry valued at £9 billion in the North West alone. In 2016 UK car production grew to a 17-year high and 2017 has been predicted as being even higher. I want Blackpool and the surrounding area to benefit from this growth area.


“All we know about the new economic world tells us that nations which train engineers will prevail over those that train lawyers. No Nation has ever sued its way to greatness.” - Richard Lamm