- Support Assembly Line - Solving issues with tooling, lifters, manufacturing processes and conduct meetings
- Assembly line improvement - Projects
- Cope with new engine design implementations
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the responsibility, skills I've gained, the social side of things and the fact that I could look at the assembly line and choose what I wanted to improve. I was never discouraged with anything that I wanted to do and always advised if I was going in the wrong direction.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Here at Cummins, diversity is very important so even though you are a student, you are still treated equally. I liked how some of my colleagues came to me for help with things that I'm good at and with the responsibility I had and what I achieved, I was always valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
In my first month of placement I had to shadow my predecessor, so the whole first month was just trainings and inductions. But even after the trainings, I was constantly reminded, 'Do not hesitate to ask any questions'.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Part of my job was to support the assembly line while also working on continuous improvement projects. So the work varied, some days were quite busy while others were decent. In the end its up to me whether I want to take on more projects which meant more work but supporting the assembly line was consistent.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Having responsibility was a very crucial part in my placement year. I had to look after a section of the assembly line, so it was huge responsibility. People actually looked up to me for fixing issues and improving the line. I had to keep a record of all the issues and manage how I deal with issue. I conducted weekly cross-functional meetings with various departments in the aim for resolving particular issues.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I've developed will definitely help me with my degree and also contribute to a successful career in the future. Like for example, I've managed to learn three new CAD softwares which is an incredible advantage for the future. One of the most important skill I've gained in presentation skills after conducting cross-functional meetings with my team and various departments.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was always fun and enthusiastic. We've had busy times and we've had times when everyone was involve in non-work related discussions. My office was always social and if I needed help, someone was always ready to help.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think it was decently organised. The assembly line is divided into three sections and each student got to look after a section. Initial trainings and inductions held were quite organised as well.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company did give us basic trainings in various aspects. For example we were briefed on six-sigma processes which is part of the ten Cummins Operating System. In terms of my job role, I was given the opportunity to explore various methods in approaching projects and fixing issues on the line. Specific trainings were also available, like CAD training. By the end of the year I would have learnt three new CAD softwares. No one stopped from learning more.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
At the moment the company isn't doing too well financially so I'm unsure what the future will hold. But this is the case for all the companies that manufacture similar products.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
In the office there were always jokes being thrown about and always a friendly atmosphere. The colleagues always tried to get me involved in conversations. At the start of the year we also did have a placement student social and the placement students have our own Facebook page so we didn't miss out on any events happening.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living the area of work is moderate but students tend to live in bigger towns which turns out to be cheaper for students.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The place where I worked was in a small town so the nightlife isn't too great, although most of the students live in bigger towns close by so the nightlife in those areas are much better. There are always pubs in the area where people go to sometimes.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The company has a community involvement scheme where every employee has to complete some hours volunteering outside work either locally or in nearby villages. This includes gardening, cleaning, delivering leaflets, etc.