The interview process lasted for an hour and a half and consisted of both competency and technical questions, and finished with a tour of the site. At the end, I was able to ask questions and obtain feedback on my performance.
I was immediately given responsibility, which made me feel like a full-time employee and there was never a time when I was treated as a student. I was heavily involved with testing on expensive tribological equipment and was also trusted to manage engineering projects.
My biggest challenge was to understand the fundamentals of tribology and relate them to the current projects I was working on. This was not a problem however, as the support I got from my supervisors and other members of staff was brilliant.
My placement has exceeded my expectations entirely - I didn’t think I would enjoy the placement as much as I have! The site is a great place to work and the work was not only interesting but valued. I even extended my 12 month placement for a couple of months!
The thing I most enjoyed about my role was the interesting projects I was involved in. I worked on engineering projects, which are at the forefront of research in the fields of friction and wear which have really helped my technical knowledge.