As an annual mechanical placement student the role consisted of working within different departments (facilities, fuels, drawing office, Work shops...) and across the different production lines on site. The role helped to develop and understanding of what the different departments do and also allowed you to pick up lots of different jobs and slight larger project type work working within the departments and across the lines. Various engineering related jobs from designing, 3d printing and document prep to surveys of plant, physically going on the lines to problem solve and data analysis.
Lots of skills developed, from people skills and IT (word, excel, powerpoint, teams...) to more engineering knowledge. Decision making, problem solving, coordinating, meeting deadlines, project management, time management...
Good amount of responsibility considering you are a placement student. Once you settle in to the site and get to know a few people and do a few good jobs you can be given jobs / projects where you have a lot more responsibility and are responsible for a lot more.
You are constantly supported by managers and colleagues. There are formal weekly checkups with managers to check progress. Everyone is extremely happy to help you learn and help out with projects as long as you show willing and enthusiasm
Really good atmosphere and some good people to talk with and work with in the offices and on plant
Overall, really good experience, even despite COVID
Be really enthusiastic and get involved as much as possible within lots of different areas of the site
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing
24th August 2021