As a member of the Operations Team I was directly involved in many VAVE projects. This included three main projects throughout the year 2 of which I lead myself and the other was shared with my Supervisor the Senior Production Enginner. The job role was flexible and enabled me to experiance many areas of the company and the oppertunity to travel also.
The job role did not leave me office bound and there was plenty of oppertunity to increase my hands on experiance with machinery and equipment as well as CAD software and Rapid Prototyping equipment. In summary my placment has opened my eyes to the cooperate manufacturing industry and has given me a drive to excel at my studies as I return to University.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The experiance gained and knowledge retained is pricless, however I feel I could have achived even more if I had pushed a little harder.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
At times there was very little I was able to do without assistance but as the year progressed I valued my role and colleagues began to appreciate my input and abilities.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor was excellent. He provided me with a set of tasks and left me to it. If I had any problems or was unsure of anything I could approach him with possible solutions I had derived and gain his opinion before implementing them. More often than not he would enhance the idea in some way and reach a greater finishing standard.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Work fluctuated between Hectic and almost stone dead but there was always oppertunities to go and look for work or use the time for re-enforcing work relationships with the operators.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was project manager for a £50,000 project and also was requested to lead the commisioning of a production line over in Houston, Texas by my superiors. I was always given what I could handle and this increased as I developed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The life experiance gained is priceless and from an engineers point of view it was a real insight into the manufacturing world. However its compatibility to my course at university is slightly less effective for anything but my Manufacturing related modules.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very quiet at times as there were only 5 of us in the office and we were regularly out of the office on the shop floor whoch was much more fun and entertaining.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Organisation was very good for a scheme only a few years old. It has room for improvment but it was clear from managment that plans were being implemented continually to improve their industrial placments.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attended plenty of internal training events throughout the year as well as some external events paid by the company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The intern training events lead to some great nights out and really good fun days.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
My place was out in the country a little which required driving everywhere making it a little harder to go out and have a good time without spending loads on a cab home!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Closest place was nottingham or derby both a good 40mins away!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?