Handshaking faults to relevant fault owners e.g. assembly, body in white, or paint.
I looked after QZF faults which were the functional ones such as noise/rattles , function and water tightness.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall my placement year was fantastic it developed me in the areas that i knew i was laking in such as negotiating and people skills. Learning all about the production system at plant oxford was so interesting and being part of that system was awesome.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My department TO-501 have more students in the office than full time employees so there is a lot of pressure to perform well in your role. This i think makes the job a lot more rewarding because there is no back ups if you mess up its on you, if you succeed its because of you also.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had a hand over period when i started for 1 month, which was enough to learn what to do. From then on it was just about applying the skills and knowledge i had quickly learnt. Even after the hand over period the senior members of my department were always there to help, all you had to do was ask.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In a normal month i was extremely busy complete a lot of different task, very rarely leaving work on time. The main purpose was to "handshake" faults to the relevant fault owners (body in white, assembly or paint) and steering solutions through time dependent reports. When i wasn't do this i would be attending meetings for my boss or creating visual aids on fault count or area, amongst other things.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot of responsibility is given to the students, if the students didn't complete their job well the department wouldn't of functioned simple as. There are certain tasks that students new how to do but senior's not as much. A example would be throughput of the car, it is the students responsibility to guide the car with faults through audit and out of audit on time so that the customer gets their car on time. This is one of the main targets of the plant, if the student doesn't take note, cars are leaving audit late then time damaging the customers conception of the company.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Personally one of the main things i struggled with in engineering was the negotiating and people skills part of the job. This role has massively developed that side of my understanding, due to working with literally hundreds of different employees i am now very comfortable working and being confident with complete strangers. This role also helps apply CAD knowledge as you will often have to interpret drawings for specs of gaps and profiles on BIW panels. In addition like with any placement i will be going back into my final year with a totally different way of thinking. I know the end goal of my degree now and this focusses me to do really well in my final year so i can get a grad job at places like BMW.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The people in the office i worked with were really good, serious when we all had to be but when there wasn't much on people knew how to take a joke, It really was a very pleasant place to be. The working relationship i had with my boss was perfect, i knew my place but didn't feel completely undermined or intimidated at any point.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From my point of view the placement was well set up, everything went to plan. My first week was full of all the health and safety presentations you'd expect and multiple tours around different parts of the huge plant. My final week i had my closing interview which all seemed very well planed. you'd expect this from a large company.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The knowledge that was invested into me would help with completing work for BMW e.g. the programmes they use and the way everything is communicated, I'm not too sure this would help me with other jobs as it is a very niche way of thinking. But in terms of developing my speaking, planning, negotiating and technical skills it helped a lot.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Working for BMW was great, i like the idea of working for such a large company it seems so appealing. I think i would work for them but in a another role, maybe more of a design based role in Munich rather than in production in oxford.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Social scene amongst the students was good, we had football on a Wednesday and then would be out for drinks around oxford on a Thursday usually. So it was much better than i thought, it helps that there were a lot of students on placement in oxford.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I live at my parents house as they live very close to oxford so i didn't have to pay rent, from my understanding oxford is very expensive to live in but the night life is good. The bars are better than the clubs in my opinion.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The bars are better than the clubs in my opinion. Work would go out for the summer and christmasy shut down. Drinks were all paid for by the department so it was a very good night last time. it also means your can speak to people who you may never encounter at work because your work means you never cross paths.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were, football was the main one that i was involved in, i didn't really get involved in other activities apart from the nights out on Thursdays.