A product Engineer will oversee the development of the current product and will help to solve current product issues.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The team I am working within is very friendly and willing to help. Team socials are a regular thing too!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team value placements students a lot and are always willing to help and share knowledge.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A lot of guidance is given to students. They will allow you to think of a solution and propose an idea before then discussing with you what is actually best and finalising the next steps of a project.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There are times when projects slow down, but then again times when you are really busy. At the beginning there will be more of these 'slow' periods, but it soon picks up.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Working in Current Product Support (CPS) you are treated like any other engineer in the team and are assigned as the Technical Project Lead on any project assigned to you. This means you are the one in charge and are the one making the decisions on what to do next.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There is a vast amount of training given whilst on placement, both for placement students only and for permanent engineers. The training received whilst on placement I feel could not be learnt at university or in any learning environment other than in work. Skills learnt whilst working will also help to manage time and focus during final year studies and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There is always someone to talk to if you need, and the team really do have a sense of humour!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It has been very well organised. Some of the training events were unclearly organised, however the work itself proved very good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Cummins has invested in its students a lot and offers a large amount of training. Cummins will always allow you to work on University assignments during work time and my supervisor was more than willing to help with my reports too.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
This really depends on if the company has space. It looks like there will be a small downturn in production over the next year or two which has placed recruitment on hold until this changes. I would, however love to return as the work and company are very good!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a good social scene with the students; this is during both breakfast, lunch and after work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Average. Daventry isn't known for its nightlife, so a night in can be cheap, however if you want to go out, best bets are either Northampton or Coventry which requires about 30 minutes travel
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Bad, Daventry has no nightlife
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Always. The CPS team were often out on team outings and were always open to suggestions for more activities if you were willing to orgainse it.