National Instruments

8.0 /10 49 reviews
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Placement (5-9 Months) Placement Year (10 Months+)
Engineering Electronic and Electrical Engineering Sales Marketing

About National Instruments

For 40 years, National Instruments (NI) has worked with engineers and scientists to measure and control the world around us. Through these pursuits, NI customers have brought hundreds of thousands of products to market, overcome innumerable technological roadblocks, and engineered a better life for us all. If you can turn it on, connect it, drive it, or launch it, chances are NI technology helped make it happen.

Our platform based approach; unified software and modular hardware, greatly reduces the complexity of today’s smart, connected systems and helps engineers do more, innovate faster and easily integrate new technologies as they become available. Our customer base of over 35,000 global companies is testament to the fact that NI helps scientists and engineers solve their greatest challenges.

Technical career with a difference?

Our success is down to our remarkable employees. We recruit ‘the best and brightest’ graduates and interns from technical, engineering and scientific degrees and put their skills to the test in a unique environment. Here at NI, we combine our technical expertise with industry awareness to act as a consultant to our customers facing complex and real world commercial challenges. Understanding all elements of our customer’s needs allows us to provide the most suitable tools for them to solve these grand challenges. Our unique approach involves innovative and creative thinking; going beyond the technology, and considering its impact on a business. Test, measurement and control systems can come at high price, but we help our customers understand how this investment can drive efficiencies across their business as they look to remain competitive in an ever changing marketplace.

What is the Engineering Leadership Programme?

Our 24-month programme offers rotations within Applications Engineering and Inside Sales; two fundamental parts of our business which will really help accelerate your career and give you the basis of understanding about how the NI business works.
Our programme is underpinned by extensive training, support and on-going learning. Allowing you to keep developing as your career with NI grows. This will not only help you build on your current technical skills, but it will also enable you to build on your communication and influencing skills and build a career that, like NI, is built to last.

What will you be doing?

Applications Engineering focusses on providing technical support to our diverse customer base as well as educating our customers in training classes on software development concepts and how to best use our tools. As a graduate or intern, you will rapidly build on your technical knowledge from your degree through supportive training and development. You will learn all about NI hardware and software as well as how we utilise this knowledge with business acumen to help solve our customer’s challenges. Then, utilising your problem solving skills, you will be involved in solving customer challenges through a diverse field of applications and industries. Each challenge is unique and will test your knowledge and skills daily.

Inside Sales focusses on providing technical sales advice to our customers and enabling them to make the best decisions (from both a technical and business point of view) for their stakeholders and businesses. Here, you will learn how to collaborate closely with our customers as well as how to influence their decision making process. You will have to understand their challenges and needs first and then utilise your in-depth knowledge of NI products to recommend the best solution that ensures their continued success. You will also have the opportunity to work and collaborate closely with other customer facing parts of NI including our Field Sales team, Technical Marketing and Systems Engineering. This experience will further develop your understanding of our business and how we strive to make our customers successful.

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National Instruments Latest Reviews

  • Applications Engineer Intern

    Whatever happens in the rest of my degree the placement year always will be the highlight. Working in a team alongside experienced engineers is a feeling that not only makes me proud but makes me more excited about the future of the industry. The technical skills gained will be useful for as long as I am in the industry and the people skills acquired throughout the year in something that can rarely be taught....


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  • Applications Engineer

    I learned more than I could have imagined....


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Applications Engineer

Placement Year (10 Months+)

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics

I most enjoy how many new things I learn every single day. Because of the enormity of products that NI offers and the number of industries it resides in, there is never a day when you don’t hear something surprising or completely new.

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2:2 (Two Two)

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