Mechanical Engineer - Year in Industry at Network Rail

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

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9.0/10

The Role
9.5
Organisation
9.2

Socialising

8.0

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.

9/10

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

Every team I worked with treated me amazingly.

10/10

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.

10/10

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.

8/10

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.

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 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.

10/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It varied from office to office but was overwhelmingly positive.

8/10

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.

8/10

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.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
10/10

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.

10/10

Social

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.

6/10

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.

8/10

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

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

8/10

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.

10/10