Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at GE (General Electric)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Leicester East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Administration/Secretarial Aerospace/Aviation Automotive Education/Teaching Engineering

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8.0/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
6.6

Socialising

8.5

The Role

Role Description

Ensuring the safety, speed and efficiency of production through reactive support and projects.

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

Great fun, learnt a lot and got involved in FAR more than expected

9/10

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

9/10

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

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Extremely busy, far more than expected.

9/10

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

Throughout my internship I was given incredible responsibility within my team and the opportunity to work within other teams. Working with customers, higher up managers and attend a few clients calls. The team here really do treat you like a full time experienced engineer, which does mean being thrown in the deep end but the best way possible.

10/10

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

Within each manufacturing role there were basic tasks or projects that they wanted you to work on. Having said this, you could easily create extra projects depending on your self interests or goals you wanted to achieve for university. In order to do this you did have to be very self driven and put yourself out there but again this gives a realistic perspective on how you will need to be in your future career.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Great atmosphere with a lovely, welcoming team of people. The teams all go out for lunch together on a Friday afternoon and interns are together most other lunches. Older apprentices were also great to get to know. I moved seats a few times and my manager also moved roles, however all great experience.

8/10

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

Improvements could be made to the hiring process, This was pretty bumpy and hard to navigate. Even when hired information was given pretty last minute making the moving process stressful. The site has a lot to offer however, due to its size was very unorganised on the hole. Getting better though

4/10

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

I was given a lot of training however a lot of this was due to proactive nature. If you don't ask you might not get. I received J Standard Soldering Training, SHAININ Training, Weld inspection training and basic excel training. This was all great fun and threw me out of my comfort zone.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
6/10

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

I would really enjoy to work for the company however they do not seem very prepared to make offers that are set up before you finish your internship. The managers make many hints, however, HR are not fast to snatch people up prior to returning to uni. Many opportunities missed.

7/10

Social

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

There were plenty of other interns and other events organised by other employees. Around 25 interns were at my site making it a great time. Interns that lived at home had a far less rewarding experience so would advise moving out and away from friends to make the most of it.

8/10

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

Accommodation was very cheap, however a car was very useful to have as transport to the site was pretty hard. Ubers into town from my house was around £3, so cheap. The local pub was pretty expensive but a really nice location and handy for drinks after work - loads of dogs too!

9/10

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

Great sense of team and family morale, many nights out. These included samosa days, intern nights out, leaving nights, dinners when clients were in town and meeting other interns friend groups. This was a great experience but was mostly what you made of it. Don't be afraid to organise things yourself!

8/10

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

There were loads of religious food events due to the large Indian community in my area. This was a great opportunity to learn and immerse myself in something new. There were also sporting events like netball tournaments and beer and pool nights. All were great to get involved in to meet new people.

9/10

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