Manufacturing Engineer Intern at BAE Systems

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Samlesbury North West
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Engineering Manufacturing

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7.7/10

The Role
7.5
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

7.0

The Role

Role Description

BAE Systems MAI Summer Internship

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

Having a keen interest in the manufacturing industry, I found this internship to be insightful and enjoyable. I enjoyed seeing how manufacturing technologies are implemented in practice.

9/10

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

I was welcomed by the team and they were supportive in my development. However, due to the considerable amount of red tape and the fact that I was only on a 12-week placement, it is not really enough time to be fully involved with the job to an extent that you are producing a large amount of useful work.

8/10

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

Some managers/supervisors are busier than others, just the nature of work in a large company. Those who were available provided an appropriate level of guidance however a degree of independence is definitely required when trying to always keep yourself busy.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I spent the majority of my placement moving around different departments, shadowing and asking a lot of questions which was really enjoyable and helped me to learn a lot about the company and about manufacturing in general. There were some quite times, particularly at the beginning of the placement and towards the end.

7/10

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

I wasn't given a great deal of responsibility as I was only there for 12 weeks. Although I was given my own project to work on independently, this did not require a great deal of responsibility.

5/10

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

I learned a lot about engineering processes and concepts that are highly relevant to my degree and where I intend to work in the future. I also learned of what it is like working for a large company, all of which I feel will be beneficial for my professional development.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was a pleasant atmosphere, the people I worked alongside were nice and helpful and interested to hear about my experiences.

9/10

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

The initial week of the placement felt a bit unorganised as there was no apparent plan in place in terms of the work that I would do. However, this all changed after the first week when I was given a detailed schedule of which departments I would be working in which days which helped a lot.

7/10

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

I feel that the company were very supportive in terms of my personal development, most of my internship was about learning and developing my knowledge and skills of engineering processes.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
8/10

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

An organised structure for progression is put in place whereby performing well enough during the internship can result in a job offer at the end of it, which provides real incentive.

9/10

Social

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

Most of us were living together in student accommodation in Preston which meant that there was always opportunities to socialise if you wanted to.

9/10

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

Reasonable cost for the student accommodation, we paid around £110/week for rent and bills inclusive. The accommodation was also well situated for supermarkets and restaurants etc. nearby.

9/10

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

Not the worst nightlife I have seen, equally not the best. If you fancy something a bit better, Manchester or Liverpool are not far and have good train service from Preston Station.

5/10

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

There are some things to do nearby in Preston but not a great deal. Just standard activities. If you are used to living in a big city then Preston might disappoint in terms of potential activities.

5/10

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