Working to improve current product.
Projects included validation, testing, working with analysis, metrology, materials etc.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a very good year, I learnt a lot not just about the organisation but also about engineering.
I also got to spend a year with some great people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As a placement student they give you real projects, but also giving it to you as a responsibility. Instead of telling you what to do they had it over to you and allow you to work through it at your own pace, giving guidance along the way.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given guidance buy many other colleges and support was always available. If you asked someone would be able to help and support you in what you need. There was also a variety of training available which could be accessed easily.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was always work available. You were not pushed into doing it, they felt it was better to give you responsibility for it. The work was flexible which allowed you to work on many different projects. I was never loaded up too much and we had chance to set our own deadlines for projects.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility of a few different projects, and was then in charge of completing them and making sure deadlines were achieved.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Not sure how much it will help during my degree, work is very different. I do feel it will help me a lot more during my future career and was a very valuable year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a fantastic atmosphere, we all worked well together but also took part in activities outside of work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Once the placement got going it was good. The initial training and recruitment process wasn't brilliant.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was sent on many different training courses. Not only the standard on boarding but also training on different technical components etc. I was also involved in engine training which showed us how the engines were built.
Not only training but I also was asked to visit different sites which taught me about customer engines or helped during projects.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would defiantly work for Cummins again. Unfortunately the Company are not recruiting many graduates.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a good social group including a Facebook page. Unfortunately due to living far out (Coventry) I was not able to be as involved as I would have liked.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
In Daventry it was fairly expensive from what I heard. However I lived in Coventry which is fairly reasonable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
In Daventry not great, its a small town. Northampton was better, and Coventry was okay too.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Loads! Within my team there was a team fun activity every month and we also went out for meals on special occasions. And had a work Christmas do.