Engineering Research and Development Student at Lubrizol

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The Role
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Role Description

Worked in the Tribology Team in the Applied Sciences department. Supported the industrial, driveline and engine additives business segments.

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

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.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt valued like a full-time employee straight away. Immediately I was trusted with important aspects of exciting engineering projects which are at the forefront of research in the fields of friction and wear.
4 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Lubrizol is a great place to undertake an industrial placement. Not only is the work extremely interesting, but the feedback and support I received from my supervisors and fellow employees was brilliant. This led me to improve many vital skills.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was busy throughout my whole placement which is good. Even when there was lots of work to be done, I felt there was always time to personally develop and learn however (e.g practice presentations).
5 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Immediately I was given responsibility which made me feel like a full-time employee. I was heavily involved with testing on expensive tribological equipment and was also trusted to manage engineering projects.
5 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The placement has improved many vital skills which I look to apply in my masters year at Leeds (e.g. report writing and presentation skills). For other graduate opportunities, working with Lubrizol for a year has improved many other important skills that are vital to succeed in my future career as an engineer.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Both my supervisors were brilliant which made my time at Lubrizol very enjoyable! Also the banter I had with people in various departments was brilliant. I have made some very good friends!
5 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement was very well set-up by my supervisors. They ensured I was involved in numerous exciting projects and ensured time for me to personally develop my skills.
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I had to undertake mandatory health and safety training to ensure tasks were completed safely. Once again, Lubrizol is a great place to learn and personally develop.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
4 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

The placement has been often described as a year-long interview where a lot of the current staff are previous students. However Lubrizol does not offer a graduate scheme in the UK.
4 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

The students organise many events and activities throughout the year.
4 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I lived at home and therefore was able to save a lot of money. Derby isn't too expensive anyway however.
4 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Derby isn't the best for night life. However there are a few good bars, pubs and restaurants. Also, Nottingham is just a 30min bus ride away.
3 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Yes, there are many activities organised by the Lubrizol Sports and Social which subsidize many events throughout the year.
4 /5