Student Biomechanics Engineer at Johnson & Johnson

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Leeds Yorkshire and Humberside
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£16,000 - £17,999

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Perform biomechanical testing on surgical instrumentation to assist in the product development process for new instrument kits. Generate technical reports of the work performed in the lab. Perform research on procedures and products for the company.

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

I had a really enjoyable role at DePuy Synthes (J&J). I worked in the Biomechanics Laboratory and tested biomechanical instrumentation. I had a wide variety of enjoyable projects which allowed me to practice some of the engineering skills I had gained at university. I was allowed to get involved in many different projects and bits of work and I learnt so much during the course of the year. My manager was fantastic and allowed me plenty of additional learning opportunities outside of work and always tried her hardest to help me achieve the goals I had set out at the start of the year. I can't recommend working at DePuy/J&J enough really!


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

I felt very valued by colleagues. There was always help and assistance available if you were to ask for it. Many of the engineers in the test laboratory were very keen to teach me and show me the skills I would need to do a good job. Outside of my own department, colleagues were very helpful also and were willing to go the extra mile in order to help me succeed at what I needed to do.


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

I had two supervisors during the course of year due to one having a job change 6 months in during my placement. They both were so helpful and willing to give me assistance. They taught me so much about working in a professional environment and engineering in general. I am very lucky to have received such good input from them. My manager was also very helpful and always willing to help me reach the goals I had set out for myself. When I needed to learn more about the company and leadership and management in general my manager mentored me fora short while and I found this invaluable.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I had a wide variety of projects and these kept me occupied for a large portion of the time. Although sometimes I had completed large sections of projects and I found myself with less work to do, I was usually able to find something to help someone with. This might have been an additional project or test or technical report.


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

I was given entire ownership of several projects. These projects, although they were low priority, did help the business upon the completion of the work. This felt like I was really achieving something and working towards something beneficial. They were also designed in such a way that I could learn plenty whilst performing the work and still produce good results.


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

I have learnt so much about an industrial environment, engineering and dealing with professionals throughout the year that I really have gained skills for life. I have learnt how research is performed in an industrial environment and how engineering fits into the wider world. I have learnt so much from my managers and two mentors that I know I will return to university with a whole toolbox of practical, theoretical and people skills (and contacts too!) that will help me later on in life. I have also gained several qualifications and attended training courses throughout the year which will aid me.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

A very nice environment and atmosphere in the office. The office and lab was tidy, clean and pleasant to work in. The kitchen facility was fantastic and the meeting rooms and conference rooms were really great facilities also. People were generally very friendly and made you feel welcome the moment you joined the office/team


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

I thought it was very well organised and set up. Although it took me an initial couple of weeks to get started on my project and work, once I had done this I really enjoyed the work. I had access to a mentor each week for a catch up and this enabled me to be focused about my work and settling into the team.


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

I had several training opportunities during the year and gained some professional qualifications that I will be able to leave the company with. As a developing engineer I also received mentoring with submitting training reports for chartership. I had a fantastic manager who was always willing to help me reach my goals.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental

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

DePuy Synthes (J&J) have a graduate scheme for engineers where they perform 6 month rotations over two years. I find the future employment prospects very promising. I would hope to apply for a role in the company once I have graduated from my final degree at university. I would encourage all to look at the employment prospects from J&J.



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

The placement students and graduates for that year were put into contact before we started work. This enabled us to make friends and be aware of who the other students were in the company. We organised plenty of socials and nights out during the course of the year and you felt as though you had a large group of friends from the very beginning of your role. There was also a very good social scene among colleagues from the department itself.


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

Leeds is relatively cheap in terms of housing and general living. There are many options for accommodation and nights out so that you can tailor where you go according to your budget. As a large city you get this choice. There are many smaller towns outside of Leeds that are also fairly cheap if you do not want to live in the city centre.


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

Leeds has a fantastic nightlife and it can be cheap or expensive depending on where you go. Leeds is a huge city and this comes with a huge range or restaurants, clubs, pubs and other places you might want to go. You get a lot of freedom of choice as the city is so large. If you don't fancy the nightlife there is plenty of countryside in the yorkshire dales which are about 30 mins by car.


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

There were gym classes held on site in a wide variety of activities so there usually was something for everyone. There were many socials also held by colleagues in the department and it was a really nice way to mix with people outside of a professional environment. We also had a lab supper club in which we went for meals as a group in different restaurants.