Test Systems Integration Engineer at Cummins

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Daventry West Midlands
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Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Computer Science Electronics Information Technology Mechanical Engineering

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6.0/10

The Role
6.3
Organisation
6.6

Socialising

4.8

The Role

Role Description

I supported the test cells on a regular basis, this was normally using a SCADA data acquisition system that Cummins housed internally. I also lead some important test cell improvement projects too.

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

The 12 months placement i had at Cummins was very enjoyable. Full of friendly faces, and generally a comfortable working environment.

7/10

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

When i started my placement i was assured that all placement students get treated like professional (full-time) staff here. Although i don't feel that this promise was fulfilled, there is still a great deal of respect for 'fresh university knowledge' when working here. You certainly wont feel undermined.

7/10

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

On a 12 month placement, the first 4-6 months is expected to be a transition period to get used to the role you are in. My manager gave me a great deal of support with the technical work i was involved in, and that goes with everyone in my department too!

5/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

At the start, i picked up a great deal of projects and had so much work to complete - it was great and i loved being busy! Now 10 months into my placement, the workload has died down significantly and i feel like i am just waiting for my handover period now. This will vary for anyone here though...

5/10

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

I have led some high capital projects, and since my technical/management, projects that would have otherwise been led by my experienced colleagues. Also, being in a supportive role, i was trusted to fix test cell issues that needed to be promptly addressed.

7/10

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

I have gained first-hand experience as a professional - something university will never be able to simulate.

7/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I got on really well with my colleagues, the office that i worked in was away from all of the other big office blocks, and so we had a great laugh most days.

8/10

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

When joining i got a lot of projects that were handed over to me from the previous placement student, and where interest was gained, i picked up a lot of important projects throughout the year.

4/10

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

I took part in a lot of personal and safety training so that i follow safety practices and also to allow me to carryout certain work. When joining Cummins, all employee will get involved in manditory training days.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Healthcare/Dental
5/10

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

Regardless of how hard you work throughout the year, at the end of the day the chances of getting a full-time job comes down to whether the company feels you're an asset to the business and that they would benefit from your services or not. If you work hard, have a good attitude, build strong relationships (that's important), and enjoy the work you are involved in then you will have a good chance.

8/10

Social

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

I became good friends with a lot of the placement students here. We went out in Northampton a good couple, but this will completely depend on how sociable you are and the bunch of students you are lucky to encounter during your placement here...

5/10

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

I lived at home, but i heard from other students that the cost of a room would be between £300-£400

5/10

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

Daventry (where the plant is), is right in the middle of some town/cities with some fairly decent clubs. Northampton and Leamington being two of them.

5/10

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

Every week or so i think Cummins' social club organised trips to go to different towns/cities around the UK, but i didnt get involved with that.

4/10