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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Ensure all tests are running smoothly. Liase with any technicians working on your allocated projects. Spend time producing designs/drawing for current project. Sourcing material/componants as required. Overseeing any current project work.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • This year has been incredibly eye opening and I have enjoyed all challenges presented to me. The job is a perfect mix of all aspects of mechanical engineering in industry.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Greeted warmly and valued highly from the beginning. Everyones confidence develops in you the more you work with them giving you greater and greater responsibility.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Always open and willing to answer questions. No one is expected to be an expert when they arrive and seeking this knowledge is all part of the learning curve.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • It was a very busy year within the department. This meant that I was able to experience a broader range of the industry while being kept comfortably busy.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I had varied roles within projects, from lead design engineer to overseeing the build once the design was complete. This meant I could be responsible for projects worth tens of thousands of pounds.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Not only will I now be able to put my academic studies in context but I have developed other skills which will help me day to day, from communication to organisation, this year has made me a more independant, motivated person.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere was great, it encouraged employee interaction and fun whilst ensuring that work was also being done.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement was very well set up. From start to finish I had no problems with anything placement orientated.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Training courses are not aqutomatically provided to students. They provide some industry standard health and safety training but other courses must be requested by the individual and approved.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Lubrizol dont offer jobs based on a placement year. The year does however give you a head start on other candidates were you to apply for a job in the future, so long as you gave an impressive account of yourself throughout your year.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Those who lived close to the office were very active socially. As a loughborough student, i lived in loughborough and commuted but there were still opertunities to go out and have a good time.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I can only comment on the socialising as I didnt live locally. The social aspect in terms of cost was average, the kind of prices you would expect to see in the place the size of Derby.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Reasonable but as I have already said, due to my not living locally, I only went out in Derby two or three times.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Events were run regularly, from badminton or volleyball once a week to go karting, paintball and clay pigeon shooting oncfe or twice a year, there are always activities to do.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering

16th July 2012

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