Liaison Engineer Student at BMW Group

Placement (5-9 Months)
Review Date
Engineering Mechanical Engineering

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The Role
The Company
The Culture

The Role

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

I was an intern in the liaison engineering team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and thoroughly enjoyed my time wth the team here. Everyone is friendly, eager to help, and interested in what you can bring to the team. Depsite being a student and not a fully fledged member of the team, your ideas and thoughts are valued and considered as if you were. I can definitely reccomend a placement here to anyone who is thinking about it.
5 /5

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

I felt very valued by my colleagues, despite being a student your ideas and thoughts are valued as if you are one of the team. If you are engaged in a topic and showing interest you will be taken seriously and your input considered. There was a real team atmosphere that I was included in upon joining, and time was taken to explain anything that I did not understand straight away or needed help with.
5 /5

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

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have an internal 'PLDP' system which is a way that both they and you can track your progress throughout your placement. It allows for targets to be set, and reviews of said targets throughout the placement. This gives you something solid and easy to refer back to when writing about the experience gained throughout your placement, or talking about the experience in interviews. They are very helpful in enabling you to pursue any projects you wish to inside the plant.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Once you had aclimated into the team, there were frequent opportunities to be involved in multiple projects around the plant. By talking to other interns about the plant, it is obvious that you get as much work as you ask for/take on. Therefore, if you do find yourself without a task to do you just need to be proactive and ask for one. You can shadow any of your colleagues around the plant and this is helpful for getting involved in topics.
5 /5

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

You are given the opportunity to be involved with real life projects and engaged in work that makes a real difference to the final product produced. In my time I helped design a jig to bend chrome trim parts on the SUV Cullinan, produced a jig in CAD myself to help with finding and adjusting the location of a moving part, and also helped in the problem solving process of a plant IP panel topic.
5 /5

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

The skills developed in this internship are directly relevant to my degree and potential future job. The CAD skills developed will be extremely useful in my final years at university, I feel much more confident and capable at tackling the creation and manipulation of parts in a CAD environment. The problem solving processes at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are extremely thorough and are applicable to any type of job/issue, they are a great guideline on how to progress through a problem to reach a correct and sound solution.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The liaison team, in particular, are extremely welcoming and are a great team to work in. Everyone is friendly and each day is interesting. The office is open plan and the ability to walk around to ask questions/discuss topics is a great bonus. Additionally, as a liaison engineering member you are encouraged to walk down to the production floor and talk to the associates there who are all equally as friendly
5 /5

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

No problems with organisation.
5 /5

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

Time was taken out of team leaders to further my personal, and other intern's, skills. Particular emphasis was placed on the ability to problem solve and the use of tested processes to solve issues/topics that are placed infront of you.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Above 25 days holiday
4 /5

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

There is a grauduate scheme if further employment is desired.
5 /5

The Culture

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

Several social nights were organised by students and colleagues, I lived with 5 other students who I am now great friends with.
5 /5

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

Very cheap, was less expensive than my university house.
5 /5

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

Chichester isn't great for nightlife, but has several nice pubs.
1 /5

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

There were activities available, but Chichester is not the busiest place.
3 /5