Manufacturing Engineer at Eaton

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Redditch West Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Aeronautical Engineering Aerospace/Aviation Manufacturing Mechanical Engineering

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7.8/10

The Role
7.7
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

8.0

The Role

Role Description

A shop floor based engineer, predominately focussing of the production of parts and dealing with any issues during manufacture.

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

It was a highly rewarding year, given plenty of responsibility on meaningful tasks as part of an excellent team. The value of the tasks I was completing was obvious to company, however as with any job there was also a touch of day-to-day monotony.

7/10

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

I was fortunate to work in a very involving team, who openly expressed how I was helping and willing to aid me in anything I was unsure of. My value to the company was made more obvious with a role offer at the end of the placement.

10/10

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

While predominantly given a task and then left to my own devices, help and support was always there when needed. However, due to the busy nature of the team it often felt a little awkward asking, and it also required me to develop the knowledge on who was best to ask.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

While being a valued member of the team was very comforting particularly as this meant they were happy to assign me tasks, this had the negative result receiving tasks from a large number of people, making prioritising and achieving deadlines occasionally very difficult.

6/10

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

A lot of responsibility, I was not treated as an intern. This meant I had the freedom to choose my own tasks and projects and held accountable for them at the end. I felt a trusted member of the team and did not have to deal with being micro-managed.

9/10

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

On the job experience naturally gave relevant skills' for my degree. Most notably time management and task prioritisation as I was held accountable for a number of tasks. More specifically for Engineering I gained a number of practical skills while gaining a greater understanding of design for manufacture, engineering drawing and systems. An Eaton placement is highly challenging, however very rewarding with a high potential for learning.

7/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office was a productive, work-focussed environment, however everyone was engaging and friendly. It was a pleasant environment with all functions dispersed together, this removed any intense feeling and encouraged all members of staff to get to know each other.

8/10

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

The Eaton Intern Programme is very well organised, with a lot of care and attention payed to Intern specific training and projects. However, organisation was not a strong point of the internship of my site by nature of it having a small but very busy team.

8/10

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

There are unlimited personal development opportunities at Eaton for those that they believe are worthy, both within the site and the wider Eaton framework. The Intern Programme is another source of investment, that rewards those who are prepared to commit most fully to it.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
7/10

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

For those with plans to work in a multi-national corporation, and to be a worldwide leader Eaton is an ideal place, as it is clear the willingness to invest in new mobile talent, with jobs in all sectors imaginable. On a personal note I was fortunate to receive a job offer although unsure as of yet if it is for me.

8/10

Social

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

There was a good social scene among placement students, unfortunately being the only one at my specific site meant that I was not able to join in, often leaving me feeling isolated at intern events. Fortunately there was a very inclusive group at my site who willing invited me along to their events.

8/10

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

I did not live near work, instead choosing to commute from University to the plant. However, through events held at Redditch it is clearly a very affordable place to live and having a decent life on the intern wage would not be a problem

9/10

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

Redditch itself has an acceptable selection of bars and clubs, however it is only a short train ride into Birmingham where there is an unlimited choice for nightlife entertainment to suit all tastes.

9/10

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

Out of work activities were very limited for the most part of the placement, however a new engagement committee was introduced towards the end. This immediately increased the opportunities and therefore I would expect a considerable improvement for future placements.

6/10

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