Manufacturing VPI Placement Student at Cummins

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Daventry West Midlands
Review Date
£20,000 - £21,999
Engineering Manufacturing

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Work for the New Product Development team (generator sets) in Cummins Daventry

- Process Sequencing and Process Designing, Process Documents
- Manufacturing Design Review
- Capture and report build issues to the wider product development team, resolve the ones assigned to manufacturing
- Process Planning
- Providing technical and hands-on support to the builds of new gensets
- Failure Mode Effect Analysis

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

I really enjoyed my placement year as I got to work on challenging assignments and cross-functionally, and got supported by colleagues.


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

A lot I would say. My contributions were always valued and my manager expressed that he was really pleased with my performance.


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

The company is one of the best place to do your placements for sure. They trust and support placement students a lot, promote them to reward impressive performance, consider them for permanent positions and invest a lot in their training and development.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It is'nt that consistent to be honest. Some days are busier then the some others. Knowledge of prioritizing tasks will help a lot.


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

A lot to be honest. But it was more about me earning the trust of people. A good piece of advise for new starters would be to showcase one's potential and get people to trust you. I was even asked to supervise project and host important cross-functional Skype calls on a few occasions.


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

I chose to do something during my placement which no university course offers or can offer. The skills and knowledge earned through my degree course were challenged, and the skills that I learnt at work will definitely make me a better professional possessing better problem solving approach, corporate communication skills and workloads management skills.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Friendly, supportive, and all the good adjectives that you can think of about a workplace.


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

I would rate it as 8 out of 10. They had great inductions and training lessons for professional development. However, the first few days will be challenging for a new starter as one slowly gets accustomed to the complexities of the organizational structure.


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

Besides the inductions, Cummins has a structured placement training programme having 4 training modules covering communication and presentation skills, leadership skills, teamwork and customer service.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events

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

I was interviewed for a couple of permanent postions, one of which I got turned down because it was looking for more experience. But the positive side is that I got a feedback following a rejection, which helped me in the next interview. Cummins looks to retain placement students provided they perform well during the placement.



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

I am not that social. But I have a great time at work with my colleagues.


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

Rent is 350 - 400 £ a month. £ 600 in my opinion is enough to sustain yourself.


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

Not into Nightlife. Can't comment.


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

There are loads of opportunities to be honest. They have the Sports club and also the placement students outing sessions.