Mechanical Engineer - Year in Industry at Network Rail

Placement Year (10 Months+)
York Yorkshire and Humberside
Review Date
£16,000 - £17,999

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Working on a variety of railway projects across a variety of disciplines including: track, signalling, overhead line and distribution & plant.

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

I was given the opportunity to get involved with multimillion pound projects from day 1, to truly make a difference. Every team I worked with treated me as one of them, and I never felt like just a student.


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

Every team I worked with treated me amazingly.


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

I was given the flexibility to plan and organise my year based on what I wanted to achieve and I was always supported on that path.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It varied from week to week, but for the most part I was suitably busy, but never stressed.


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

Towards the end of my placement I was project managing projects, meeting with stakeholders and directors, and driving decisions - and I loved it.


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

Working for network rail has allowed me to develop a number of soft skills that I wouldn’t have ordinarily had the chance to pick up. It has 100% prepared me for the world of work.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It varied from office to office but was overwhelmingly positive.


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

I was the first intern in my part of the business so it was a little slow to start but by the end everything was running smoothly.


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

I attended numerous training courses and was able to learn and develop in several ways.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home

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

I have almost certainly managed to guarantee a job of some sort for when I graduate.



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

I didn’t really mix with any other placement students but I got on really well with my colleagues so that didn’t matter.


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

Living in York wasn’t cheap, but I never struggled to afford anything.


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

As good as any other city I would have to say.


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

I would say this is down to how much time you’re willing to invest, but I found things to do.