Quality Engineer Placement Student

by Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd.


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • My role is to analyse and improve the quality of the production line and the products provided by Knorr-Bremse. Any problems that occur, engineering related, are to be investigated by the quality team. Daily tasks involve data collection and analysis, metrology, problem solving, engineering knowledge and research, and communicating with suppliers, operators, team members and managers. I also have individual projects that will improve the production line productivity and a team project that has the potential to help business meet targets and improve its customer sales.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • New Skills: Business mindedness, professionalism, critical thinking, reading engineering drawings, following processes, running and organising meetings, engineering, manufacturing and industry knowledge, using metrology tools and machines such as CMMs, Vernier's, Visions Systems and Laser Mic's, health and safety, and calibration of tools. Developed Skills: Creating, analysing and presenting data and presentations, problem solving, communication, contributing within a team, meeting deadlines and managing times, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word, and working as a team.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes, you are given a lot of responsibility with daily tasks and projects but support is always close by with any problems that you may face. The task you are set are down to you to complete and the projects are your own but the team are all very approachable and always willing to lend a hand, share experienced knowledge and support you. You feel very responsible for the work you're conducting and there is a sense of accomplishment when tasks are completed

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • I received a lot of support and guidance from my team, manager, supervisor and other departments during my placement. There were many times I would have to communicate with other departments and the operators within cells to understand problems or tasks and everyone was very approachable and willing to help with anything I wouldn't understand. My line manager and supervisor were both always willing to support me with any of my work but at the same time liked to guide me so that I could do the majority of the task myself which I thought was a great way to learn.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The company atmosphere is very friendly and positive. There are lots of social events especially around Christmas where Knorr-Bremse holds a large party all paid for by business. However, as my placement has been during the Covid pandemic some events have had to be postponed. There are also sports and social clubs that run within the week and some diversity sports days where other sites compete against each other. Charity fundraising is also encouraged at Knorr-Bremse with bake sales and other events being held.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I very much enjoyed my placement year and found that it is something I would definitely like to do after university. I was slightly worried going into my placement that I wouldn't enjoy working 5 days a week but working here I've realised that this working environment is enjoyable and very social which I like. My team have all been great to work with and I've become quite friendly with them. Working for Knorr-Bremse has shown me that I want to work for a manufacturing company once I finish university and within a job role similar to what I am doing now.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd.
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd. to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd.
  • The interviews are very friendly but they do ask some serious questions so that they can employ the right student for the role. Be confident and friendly as I felt the the interview process was more of a discussion than an interview so that they could find if your personality and mentality suits the job. Ask questions about Knorr-Bremse and the role you're applying for as this will make you show interest in the company and the interviewers like you to understand what your applying for.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


South West

March 2022

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