Application Engineer at Cummins

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Placement (5-9 Months)
Darlington Yorkshire and Humberside
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£16,000 - £17,999
Automotive Design Engineering Mechanical Engineering

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

To support application engineering tasks and duties and also to carry out an in-depth technical project.

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

Very enjoyable placement. The people are fantastic and supportive. I was given real work that was of technical and commercial importance to Cummins dramatically developed my technical and soft skills.


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

Felt completely valued by my colleagues and was treated like an experienced employee and not a student. This was backed up through the level of work and responsibility that I was trusted with.


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

Fully supported in every way. Was given total project ownership and accountability in order to allow me to develop as a professional, but was made clear that support was there at any moment should I have needed it. Whenever things got challenging and difficult, my supervisors helped me in every way they could. They made it clear that they were there to support and that was the main part of their role. They always made sure that supporting me and other team members within the group was the priority and never shied away from supporting me due to their own busy workload or other professional commitments. I had reports to write about my placement which were submitted to my University throughout the placement and which were graded and count towards 20% of my overall degree classification. My supervisors supported me enormously with this university work and were always providing me with valuable advice sharing their experience.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was very very busy, but it was to a totally manageable extent. I had numerous projects and tasks that I was responsible for and was given the trust and freedom to execute these tasks and projects how I saw fit and to manage the workload myself. There was always work going on and so there was not a single moment where I was sat bored with nothing much to do. The work was exciting and extremely interesting and so I was very happy to be so busy with it. It also meant that I was constantly learning and enhancing my abilities.


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

I was given tremendous responsibility. The project that I was given to lead was one of very high importance to the company on a huge commercial scale. I had responsibility of tackling the project, making critical decisions, planning its execution, delivering presentations to critical strategic customers, travelling across the UK to share knowledge and undertake training and much more. The responsibility that I was given allowed me to develop my technical; and commercial leadership skills enormously. I also gained so much confidence in myself because I was able to take that responsibility and carry it forward to successfully execute the main project that I led.


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

All of the skills are transferrable to my University studies, in particular the time management, communication, problem solving, programming, data analysis and leadership skills. I have developed as an individual both professionally and socially, and will certainly be able to apply these developments to my final year of University studies.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Very bright and cheerful. The atmosphere creates a platform for more productivity where you are made to feel fully comfortable in approaching someone for a quick chat regarding an issue that you need support with. Almost everyone was polite, helpful and approachable. The feel of the office made it a very fun place to work but whilst also maintaining a high standard of professionalism and productivity.


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

No flaws whatsoever. There was a clear plan from day 1 that was followed and executed with total flexibility subject to my interests and commitments.


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

I felt fully invested in. I was given a full weeks training which clearly involved a huge amount of preparation and a lot of money to execute to the standard in which it was done. Constant training was provided throughout the placement from experienced professionals. Almost all of my colleagues were more than happy to stop their current task/work to spend some time with me to share their knowledge or train me in some way or another.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental

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

Very appealing. Have been told by my supervisor that I am welcome back and have been recommended to apply for a graduate position upon me finishing my degree in a year's time.



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

There was good social activity amongst the students. Group nights out were organised now and then. There was monthly student meetings to share experiences and work going on.


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

Relatively cheap.


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

Pretty decent considering the size and scale of the town.


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

Plenty! I took part in 5-aside football games every Tuesday, played squash with my manager occasionally. Work nights out and day trips to other city's and towns. Sports and social club that arranged many more activities. Team dinners in town after work. Charity events.