Completing artificial hip simulation tests in the laboratory on large simulators, which are used to replicate the normal walking of a standard human.
Analzing and compiling the data from these tests.
Writing up technical reports for tests.
Involvement in projects to develope and improve testing and testing procedures.
Geometric and gravimetric analysis of samples.
Application of medical ISO standards.
60-70% practical work.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement with DePuy Synthes, a company owned by Johnson & Johnson. I feel I have gained a lot of experience in much more than I had previously expected to from my year here. The work is challenging however is extremely interesting. I have enjoyed almost every aspect of the opportunities I have been given at DePuy.
I felt extremely welcome from day one in the office of the laboratories. Everyone is very helpful and friendly and this in turn helps to make you feel valued. You are encouraged to begin making decisions off you own back as soon as possible and again this helps to make you feel your opinion matters and is valued.
From the beginning of my placement I was introduced to my supervisor. She helped me get introduced and started around the office and gave me plenty of opportunities to ask as many questions as I could! I received almost all my guidance from her, including weekly catch up meetings which continued throughout the year. I also had the chance to shadow the former placement student as his completed the last few weeks of his placement.
The pace of work varied depending on the timing of tests and machines. You can have a few extremely busy days in the lab preparing samples and setting up machines, followed by a couple quieter days spent at the desk writing reports and completing other written work. In general if you are willing to work, there is always something for you to do. My supervisor was extremely helpful in finding me extra tasks to do which helped to get me involved in some really interesting projects.
One of the best things about this company placement is that you are treated as any other employee. Once the relevant training is completed you are expected to work at the same level as any other member of staff. Of course those with more experience are always there and willing to help out if you are unsure of any practices or policies.
I am very grateful for all the training I have received over the last 12 months. The company has invested in developing both my practical and written skills, with a lot of training on laboratory procedures and technical report writing. I am now confident in the use of a lot of equipment I previously wasn't, and my technical writing has improved greatly too. On a less engineering focused development, the opportunities I have had this year have helped to develop my communication and presentations skills too. Through working with various departments and representing the company at local school I feel I have developed confidence in my general working skills too. All of this I believe will be beneficial for my work ethics and uni and my confidence in getting a job after graduation.
The atmosphere was very friendly; however it is clear everyone is mostly very busy. During lunch everyone is more relaxed and chatty however during working hours, you are expected to have enough work to be keeping you busy too. It would not be unusual to have a five minute catch up with people here and there or a cup of tea/coffee.
I think the placement was overall set up quite well. The role I would be fulfilling was set to me clear from the first day. Organisation of the company laptop/ accounts/ security pass was all set up within my first week with DePuy Synthes. There was a slight delay between me starting my placement and me being trained on all the necessary machines required to start testing.
They invested a great deal in many different skills. I have attended a few training courses aimed and developing my knowledge, such as a biomechanics course and the university of Leeds and a cadaver session. I have completed a variety of courses improving my written skills such as an IMechE technical report writing course and a Microsoft Word level 1 & 2 course. I have also been trained on use of specific statistics when analysing lab dta.
The idea of working for a company within Johnson and Johnsons family of companies appeals to me greatly as they push their credo into everything they do. Their credo I think helps to create the enjoyable environment and therefore I find the idea of working for any of their companies appealing. I know DePuy in particular offers graduate placements and I would definitely consider applying for this role in the future.
There was not much of a social scene amongst the fellow students/colleagues. There were however a few opportunities throughout the year to attend meals and once even a pottery evening. People would usually invite others out or bring in cake for their birthdays, and there was also the chance to do some sporting events in teams which helped you socialise with your colleagues.
The cost of living and socialising is very reasonable in Leeds. The salary easily covers rent and general living costs with some to spare.
Leeds has a great nightlife, there are many different bars and clubs for all music tastes. I had a few nights out with friends and family from home and all have agreed Leeds has many options for a good night out!
There are a few, for example jogs and sponsored walks. You would also be very welcome to organise something yourself, most people are very willing to get involved in extra activities.