Work Experience in the mechanical testing department
I enjoyed it very much, i felt that it was very rewarding and I learned a lot from the experience. The skills i learned were very useful and will be used in life. I would definitely do it again and would recommend. The quality of the support from Lubrizol was very well organised and structured.
I felt very valued while i was doing my work experience placement. This is because i was helping out people doing their real work and not a organised activity. Also, i have family who works there so they made conversation with me about the work and school. I felt very welcome and appreciated.
The employees gave me lots of support when i needed and answered my questions very well. The help they gave when doing the work and supported me all the way through. The employees were very friendly and helpful. If I had any questions, they would be happy to answer and give me all the answers i needed.
Some of the work i did will be very beneficial to my skills in the work shop and hands on skills. Some of the work I did on the computers would be helpful because they are programs that are commonly used in engineering. Some other work was not as helpful because it is specific software used for control and nothing else.
It was very well structured because it was very clear who i was with on each day and what i would be working on. Sometimes there was a spontaneous change but it did not affect the work I was doing in the day. Everything else went very smoothly and nothing to complain about.
The atmosphere was very professional and i was treated like a proper employee and an adult who works there. No information was simplified for me which kept the high standard and professionalism. Overall it was better than school because it was more relaxed because there were not strict timetables and rules (none that i noticed anyway!)
I was with current employees that were doing their normal work and they helped me do the same work that I would be expected to do if I was working there as a normal employee. I was not involved in any organised trips or special off site arrangements. In short, not much.
I found it very helpful to understand what it is like to work a real working environment. Although my school is set up to be like a working day (the days are very long: 0830 - 1700) it is still not the same as school because the working types are very different.
I already knew a lot about what the company did because my dad works. Working there myself made me understand a lot better because i can see first hand what they do and how they do it. It would have been better if if i had a chance to go around the whole site.
I already had an idea of what i wanted to do but the week changed it slightly. The day i spend in driveline and industrial dept.was very good and i would consider going into it in the future. Otherwise i would like to do some kind of engineering but the week i spent in Lubrizol was very helpful.
I was not paid or reimbursed in any way but i was not expecting anything so it's not bad.
I met different people from different departments. Mostly this was in the tour around the site but i did meet and work with a lot of people. They were very nice and friendly people. I also had the opportunities to meet different people at lunch time and before and after the working hours.
There were not many opportunities for social events apart from the annual event. Apart from that the opportunities and social events are not very good. The only social opportunities are at lunch time and before work and after. Sometimes the employees meet up after work but it is not organised by the company.
There were no activities outside of work that were organised by the company. Sometimes the employees would meet up after work but it is nothing to do with the company.
I would recommend it very much because it is very educational in terms of hands on experience and it is good for the understanding how the workplace operates. I would recommend the mechanic testing department because it has lots of hands on knowledge. It may be worth going to the scientific department if you like that stuff.