Engine Quality Assurance Placement Student at Cummins

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Duration
Placement (5-9 Months)
Region
Darlington North East
Review Date
Salary
£12,000 - £13,999
Roles
Engineering

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6.2/10

The Role
7.0
Organisation
5.8

Socialising

5.5

The Role

Role Description

Facilitate engine tear down and review. Raise corrective actions and track to completion.

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

I always enjoyed working here, easily the best job I've had to date.

8/10

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

Lots of friendly banter with technicians and other engineers. Didn't feel I provided much as an engineer though, opportunities were few and far between.

7/10

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

Support was always available if needed.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Plenty of work to do but not overwhelming.

8/10

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

Various responsibilities.

6/10

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

I learnt a lot on the Quality side of Engineering but would have preferred a broader range of work, including design and more projects.

5/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The environment was great which made the placement a lot better. Lots of chit chat in the office.

8/10

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

Generic training was very well organised, for example training on self development, presentation skills, health and safety. However there was no training given to Quality tools that I would have to use, I had to learn these as I did it. This resulted in a lot of stupid mistakes.

5/10

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

Again, a lot of investment when it comes to generic skills that are relevent to all roles. However I felt that as an engineer there was not much investment put my way.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
7/10

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

I don't see Cummins as a place I want to be. I think that the work I do would be so diluted by such a large workforce that I would find it difficult to take pride in achievements.

4/10

Social

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

I didn't fit in with the majority of students, lots of people commuted and rarely came for nights out in Darlington.

4/10

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

Darlington is quite a cheap place to live.

7/10

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

No student population in Darlington, the majority of people going out were 40+!

2/10

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

Lots of charity/voluntary work to get involved in that Cummins would help to organise and provide transport to and from.

9/10

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