Test Engineer Summer Placement Student at Cummins

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Darlington North East
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Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Automotive Mechanical Engineering Automotive Mechanical Engineering

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7.0/10

The Role
7.5
Organisation
6.6

Socialising

6.8

The Role

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

I really enjoyed experiencing a job in the engineering world and the colleagues in my team were really lovely and helpful and welcoming. I learnt a lot, and benefitted greatly from a wide range of tasks and experiences and interacting with lots of different people in a wide range of different jobs in the company. Sometimes was left with little to do, which I think was a result of the short length of time of my internship (3 months).

8/10

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

I definitely felt valued and welcomed well as a part of the team and accepted as a team player. I constantly was encouraged by people telling me I was doing a good job, which was great to hear. I quickly felt integrated into the team which was helped with socials and team events. But, when I had little to do, I didn't feel like I was adding much to the team.

8/10

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

Support was provided by management, encouragement and a willingness to help and advise when necessary, even if it was mostly only on request- I realized that the managers were busy so I knew that was why I wasn't always their first priority. I had a one to one with my manager after the second week to see how I was doing and my plan and his plan for the internship.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Some days I felt like I had a perfect balance of things to do, but some days I felt like I had very little and was struggling to make myself useful, however I was never too busy. I often searched for tasks myself which would help the team, and I think that was a good way to fill in the time.

6/10

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

I was given some responsibility when other engineers asked me to do favours for them, for example communicate with people, leave a message, take parts to be amended, etc. and was also left to be the on-site person in charge of a project when another engineer was away. I didn't feel like I had been given too much responsibility, as an untrained engineer, but enough to feel like I was doing something useful and important.

6/10

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

Although a lot of the skills I developed were specific to this particular job and company, if I were to come back to the same job after graduating I would find everything I learnt here very useful. I have learnt a lot about the software and processes here. I also learnt a lot about working with people, time management, communication, responsibility, and getting on with tasks, which I think are helpful skills for life, not just in a job.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I found the atmosphere very susceptible to working. It was organized but not an atmosphere of placing blame on anyone, just one of trying to solve the issue as efficiently and quickly as possible. I found the team very friendly and helpful, so I never felt overly stressed, but still encouraged to work hard. People are fun to work with, and work relationships were improved with socials and eating lunch together.

9/10

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

When I arrived, they weren't expecting me until the week after. But, even when the next week came there wasn't an awful lot already set up for me to do. My manager had a general idea of what he wanted me to do during the placement but not a very solid training process in order to complete the tasks he had set.

4/10

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

I was invited to go to various training programs and often the other employees, upon request, took time to explain to me concepts, procedures, and other technical parts of the job, although I would say this would mainly be of benefit me if I were to continue at the same company after graduation.

6/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Car
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
  • Travel loan
6/10

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

I would definitely consider a permanent job at this company, especially if I were to have the opportunity to go abroad. I think this company would be a good starting point from which I could get various other engineering jobs in the future, and is a well known well regarded company.

8/10

Social

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

Placement students- both summer placement and year placement- often organized nights out, evening plans, and lunch plans, to socialize outside of the work environment which helped boost work relationships. Within the teams in the department there was also a strong sense of friendship and respect amongst the workers from regularly planned socials.

9/10

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

very good value

8/10

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

pretty good- everyone enjoyed the nights out we went on, they were varied and fun for everyone.

7/10

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

Not many that I have heard of.

3/10

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