Scarlett Bland // Age: 21 // Degree: MEng Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Birmingham
I worked for Doosan Babcock for nine weeks. I worked as an engineering student in Ferrybridge and Eggborough Power Station.
I shadowed a supervisor during the summer learning how to supervise men and taking part in hands-on engineering. The placement was great because I was able to identify strong and weak leadership and effective teamwork which has helped to make me question approaches I used before. It was a great opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses in the company and allowed for me to bring forward innovative ideas for improvements. Overall a great experience for me and the company to see if we are right for each other in the future.
Sean Canty // Age: 27 Degree: MEng Automotive and Motorsport Engineering at City University London
It was a 12 month placement at Rolls-Royce Plc. It took place between the second and third years of my degree. I applied for placements through the Year In Industry (YInI). I gave them my CV and they arranged the interviews.
I was responsible for developing manufacturing capability of composite compressor rotors for military gas turbines. The placement was part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) monitored professional development scheme and it was also monitored by City.
I was assigned a chartered engineer from Rolls-Royce that acted as a mentor and gave me lots of support: my progress was reviewed with four quarterly reports and one annual report. I learnt lots about engineering, design, project management and communication. Rolls-Royce was a fantastic company to work for, with lots of societies and clubs – just like Uni! I played for their rugby team and met lots of other interns through these activities.
Waleed Wazeer // Age: 24 Degree: B Eng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of East London
I did my internship at Cummins Power Generation Kent. My internship last for nearly a year (about 11 months and two weeks). It is an always an honour to work for Cummins as it a recognised as” Global power Leader”. I have always been respected by my mates and my tutor as I was part of a well-reputed engineering firm.
Well, I would say everyday was a school day for me (I was learning new things everyday). I was a team member of their new product introduction project (VPI). That was a highlight of the placement, which helped me to amplify my academic and employability skills. In general it was a great placement, where I was enjoying every single second of it.