Tribology Research and Development Student at Lubrizol

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Belper, Derby East Midlands
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Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Chemistry Mechanical Engineering

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9.1/10

The Role
9.3
Organisation
9.0

Socialising

8.8

The Role

Role Description

Student member of the Tribology team in the Applied Sciences Research department, undertaking a range of project-based work around fundamental tribology and commercial support.

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

This was an extremely enjoyable year. I felt challenged in the work that I did and developed a real passion for the area I was in. The wider opportunities available at Lubrizol rounded off the whole experience.

9/10

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

I had a close-knit relationship with my colleagues in my office; we were a very productive team, but enjoyed a lot of office banter. I worked directly with professionals in the business segments of the corporation, and through this could really see the positive impacts of my work, both scientifically and commercially.

10/10

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

Most of the time, I was left to get on with my work and the onus was on me to seek guidance. I felt this worked well, as I could direct my own learning and was encouraged to think for myself and have the confidence to implement my own ideas and solutions. When I did seek support, especially with things such as technical report writing and presentation structures, colleagues were always able to find time to sit down with me.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Early on in the placement, I had one principal project, so could be left a little bored when waiting on other actions to be completed. I did, however, benefit from this time by undertaking reading around my subject area, which was very specialist. As the year progressed, I took more initiative and ownership of my work, and opportunities arose in other areas. I found myself much busier on a day-to-day basis, with good variety in the work I was doing.

8/10

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

I was solely responsible for planning and carrying out project testing, scheduling post-testing work, processing results and reporting back to project leaders. I also had the opportunity to initiate work for another project, involving me creating a proposal and securing funding.

10/10

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

I developed a lot of technical knowledge in the fields of tribology, rheology and IC engine operation, which will stand me in good stead for the rest of my degree. More importantly, I was given significant opportunities to develop my wider skills set in presentations, reporting and interpersonal, which will be incredibly relevant to me regardless of which field I ultimately go into.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

We were a fun-loving team with a positive atmosphere almost all of the time, even when the pressure was on. This was a great help to my motivation and willingness to work for the team.

9/10

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

Very well organised, I entered the department in a rather transitional phase, as my immediate supervisor was moving departments and their replacement did not start until 4 months into my year. However, this transition was well-managed and I did not feel as though I lacked support. If anything, it encouraged independence.

9/10

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

Students are trained on all the same software systems and health and safety systems as regular employees. There were many opportunities to get involved in both compulsory and optional training programmes, with the reflection very much on the development of the individual rather than 100% for company gain.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
8/10

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

A great company. I would jump at the opportunity to work with them again, for the people as much as the type of work.

10/10

Social

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

Out of 25 students, there was a group of around 14 in various house shares in Derby, who socialised regularly on weeknights and at weekends, in a variety of activities.

10/10

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

Derby was generally cheap to live in, though I lived quite far from the city centre so always had to travel to socialise. The city had good bars and decent nightlife, usually at pretty low cost.

8/10

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

Derby isn't great for a big night out, but is very good for real ale pubs and small bars. Nottingham is only a short bus ride away, with buses running until very late at very low cost.

7/10

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

Work ran a Sports and Social Club that regularly organised subsidised activities, from rock climbing and ice skating to trampolining and hiking in the Scottish Munros. As it was so cheap to be a member of the club, subsidised activities were extremely affordable and worthwhile.

10/10

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