Placement Student Product Engineer at Cummins

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Daventry West Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Engineering

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8.7/10

The Role
9.7
Organisation
8.6

Socialising

7.5

The Role

Role Description

Product engineer completing design and validation work. Based in the new product development subsystem teams.

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

Seeing as this is my first work placement and my first time working in my chosen industry, I was pleasantly surprised. Cummins has the perfect combination of giving you the support you need throughout the course of the year, whilst also allowing you to develop, as you are trusted with everyday full time employee tasks and projects.

10/10

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

With Cummins treating you like any other full time employee, colleagues also embrace this ethos and you feel to be an equal part of the bigger picture. There is also a general friendly, welcoming and accepting atmosphere in the workplace.

10/10

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

Management are always on hand to discuss anything, may that be identifying new opportunities you wish to pursue, your career development or any issues you may experience during day to day work. Management make a good effort to cater to your needs and are more than qualified to help in your progression throughout you employment.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The work load is steady and in my certain position was somewhat controllable due to the nature of the work. However if there are any issues with work load, whether it be too much or too little, management are always on hand to help resolve the issue. There is also a conscious effort to ensure no one is ever bogged down and suffering in silence.

9/10

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

The amount of responsibility given was on par with any other permanent employee of a similar level. This was the biggest surprise of the whole year as I was able to develop far beyond my expectation. I was entrusted with numerous tasks that I necessarily wouldn't have expected to be doing which benefited me greatly.

10/10

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

Working in industry and finally applying my theoretical knowledge to real life situations has been an invaluable experience. I have moved from a study best mind set to a practical one and have noticed a significant improvement in how I approach problems, projects and a whole manor of other tasks. I feel I will be leaving my position as a better version of my previous self.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was generally calm and quiet whilst individuals focused on their work. However it was never frowned upon to talk amongst yourselves and you were encouraged to speak face to face with colleagues. Non-work related discussions were also welcomed as individuals were trusted to get the balance right between work and play.

8/10

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

The initial stages of a placement I imagine are always a busy time, there were corporate training's that must be completed and with all placements joining at once, there were many people in a similar position. Following the first few weeks however there was a nice rhythm to the placement as you began taking on projects and developing, eventually working at a similar pace to any other employee.

8/10

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

The company was completely unrestricted when it came to the training they offered and what they invested into you as an employee and a person. I received both company specific training and industry wide accredited training which was on offer when ever I wished to undertake it.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Healthcare/Dental
8/10

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

Graduate positions are on offer yearly and placement students are made aware of these throughout the course of the year. With the completion of the placement year you already stand well above the reset when it comes round to applying for a position as you already understand the main constructs of the company.

9/10

Social

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

With all placements students starting at a similar time, we all became friendly through the initial joining process as we all attended a number of the same training/welcoming events. I also became friendly with a number colleagues in work due to the social atmosphere of the office and felt I had a number of friends throughout the company.

8/10

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

I lived 30 minutes away from the workplace and commuted each day. The cost of living was reasonable and there was also accommodation available within walking distance of the workplace.

6/10

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

With the workplace being based in an industrial estate close to a medium sized town there was limited night life. I did not experience it regularly. Where I lived there was a great nightlife and other placement students also lived near, socialising was a regular occurrence.

9/10

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

A few activities were organised outside of work. There were regular events organised by the Sports and Social committee, unfortunately I did not attend these. But it was also common for employees to take it upon themselves to organise events outside of work and invite along their colleagues.

7/10

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