Manufacturing Intern at BAE Systems

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Internship (1-4 Months)
Preston North West
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£16,000 - £17,999
Aeronautical Engineering

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The Role



The Role

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

I thoroughly enjoyed my internship, being given a
variety of objectives that allowed me to gain a broad
understanding of the departments role in the
company. Working for a large company can be quite
daunting at ¡rst, however the department I was
working in felt relaxed and I had no troubles settling


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

There was a large volume of work entering the
department and for the ¡rst month of the internship,
everyone was busy preparing for demonstrations at
Farnborough International Airshow. Despite this,
everyone in the team was more than willing to
provide support and assistance, and recognised the
value of my activities. I de¡nitely felt like a valued
member of the team.


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

There was a strong level of guidance and support
provided by my line manager. Almost daily sessions
were organised towards the ¡nal few weeks of the
internship to review progress on the assigned
objective. Objectives were reviewed twice during the
internship allowing you to gain feedback on your
work efforts.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The tasks I were assigned required engagement with
the wider team. At the start due to the team's
engagement with demonstrations at FIA, there was
little work that could be carried out without their
input. Therefore the ¡rst few weeks were spent
getting up to grasp. Gradually the workload ramped
up, and I felt more productive as the weeks went by
as more resources became available.


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

I was given an appropriate level of responsibility
given my limited understanding of manufacturing,
coming from a design-focussed background. This is to
be expected for an intern joining any company for the
¡rst time with limited engineering experience.
However after a few health and safety brie¡ngs I was
given more independence to complete a task that
involved working on the shop ¢oor.


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

Some of the tasks assigned to me were shared with
another intern and therefore required a good
teamworking approach to deliver on the objective.
Engaging with the wider team has developed my
communication skills and allowed me to gain a good
understanding of the technologies involved within
the manufacturing department.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I felt like it was a very productive but relaxed
environment to work in. Everyone was extremely
friendly, and never to busy to talk with you and
seemed genuinely interested to talk with you. I was
situated with a substantial number of interns and
graduates therefore it was a very sociable


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

The internship seems to have a good team managing
it from the early careers side. A lot of other interns
said that initially there were problems with IT however
I myself luckily did not experience this. Other than that
I believe there could be improvements made in terms
of giving objectives to the interns at the start, rather
than a few weeks in. Also helping them to organise
shop ¢oor visits will allow interns to gain a greater
understanding of the manufacturing principles
involved in airframe assemblies.


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

My line manager was very attentive to my personal
development, organising two reviews throughout the
placement to provide feedback on progress made
with the assigned objectives. There weren't any
speci¡c training courses to be taken that would have
helped me development, however this is
understandable when the placement lasted only 12


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen

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

The graduate scheme seems to be very structured
and would allow a breadth of experience to be
gained over the two year time period. I believe it
looks very appealing and would contribute greatly to
my personal development. There are opportunities to
work on exciting new cutting edge technologies, and
there seemed to be a great deal of work entering the



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

Most of the interns lived in Preston city centre
therefore there was ample opportunities to socialise.
There was a large amount of people living in the same
halls and you were most likely put together with other
BAE interns when organising accomodation, when
mentioning your employer. All in all, it was a great
opportunity to meet new people from lots of
different universities.


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

Accomodation was bills inclusive for £88/week which
was considerably cheaper than Bristol accomodation,
but most places would be. There was plenty of
supermarkets nearby within walking distance like Aldi
therefore you could live quite cheaply. Nights out
were always cheaper compared to other places. As I
used my car, I couldn't compare what bus ticket prices
were like however most people car shared to work as
it was much more convenient.


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

Preston city centre has a pretty decent night life
especially towards start of September when more
students move in, so it can get a lot more lively. It's
much cheaper night out than other places and the
pubs/bars are pretty decent as well. It was pretty
good for what preston is.


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

Not much stuff really to do apart from drinking in
preston; however it's location is pretty good as it's not
too far from Manchester and the sea side like
blackpool or Lytham st annes. If your used to big cities
with lots to do then you might possibly be