Testing at Cummins

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Darlington North East
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Electronics Mechanical Engineering

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8.1/10

The Role
7.0
Organisation
8.8

Socialising

8.8

The Role

Role Description

Research and development

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

The placement has been a very enjoyable experience, developing all aspects of you from your technical knowledge all the way to your soft skills working with people day to day. One of the features of the placement I enjoyed the most was the opportunities provided by Cummins to do on the job training and development courses.

7/10

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

I felt like a highly valued team member since I was given real responsibilities in real projects that contributed to the development of the engines at Cummins. The level of responsibility placed on placement students was impressive and is a great experience. I would recommend to anyone with little work experience in an engineering company.

7/10

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

My placement provided support in various ways. Firstly I was appointed a manager who I had meetings with every fortnight. This allowed me to raise any concerns or ask any outstanding questions and gain more support. The experienced staff members I worked with on a daily basis were also extremely supportive and invested in my learning.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Due to the type of the role I was given some days I was very busy and some days not so busy so it was sometimes hard to time manage on these occasions. However my manager always offered support and encouraged me to ask for help if I felt I had too much work.

4/10

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

I was given a high level of responsibility on my placement this was due to the fact I took to my role fairly well so they felt I could handle it. I was also given high responsibility due to a low amount of staff members at certain parts of the year so I needed to step up.

9/10

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

The skills I learnt allowed me to make the link between the theory taught at university and the practical aspect of engineering. Furthermore, I actively tried to engage in the practical hands on opportunities to develop my skills in these areas as it is not something that is taught particularly well at university.

6/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The general atmosphere in the office was good but in this role you weren’t based in the office all day as you needed to go on site to complete practical jobs. Everybody in the office was always very friendly and offered lots of help especially when I started new at Cummins.

8/10

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

The placement scheme is incredibly well structured and has been refined even further over the years. There is great structure in place which has development opportunities bedded into it to allow you to develop. There are also schemes in place to allow you to have experience days in different areas of the company if you are interested.

9/10

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

The company is highly invested in this as you are regularly invited to personal development days. As a student group you are also responsible for organising events outside of normal working tasks which is another excellent opportunity for personal training/development. The company also invests in training companies to come in and complete real life training demos with you.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
8/10

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

Most people who complete a placement with the company return as they built great relationships and did a good job for the company. If you enjoyed your year and your manager was happy with the work you completed they will definitely be likely to offer you some sort of role at the company when you graduate.

9/10

Social

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

Yeah since there are so many students on placement across the company there is a great relationship between the group.

10/10

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

Very cheap! A night out in Darlington is incredibly cheap compared to the rest of the UK.

7/10

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

Darlington has a vibrant nightlife but could get boring if you were out there every weekend.

8/10

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

Yes there are always emails advertising activities outside of work.

10/10

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