Automotive Engineer at Lubrizol

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
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The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Data acquisition Data analysis Communicating with customers/suppliers Presenting to customers Report writing Investigating test complications Hands-on vehicle testing

The Role

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

Fantastic job - so much variety with the projects given and the people I worked with. I gained valuable experience dealing with customers, suppliers and other engineers.
5 /5

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

I was treated as an equal, given total responsibility for my projects but had plenty of support if I needed it.
5 /5

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

My manager gave great support if I ever needed it by pointing me in the right direction first rather than doing the thinking for me.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Most of the work involved testing, so some days I found myself waiting for a few results to come back with little else to do, but other days multiple results came in at once and I had to deal with the high pressures of getting results for different people quickly.
4 /5

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

I was given the responsibility to run major projects, dealing with customers and suppliers. I had to present and report to the customers. All of the time I was supported by others if I ever needed the help.
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 major skills I learnt during this placement were data acquisition, data analysis and presentation skills.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It varied day to day, but on the whole the atmosphere was brilliant. Everyone was really friendly and there was some of friendly banter when appropriate.
4 /5

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

Lubrizol have loads of placement students each year, including 4 engineering students, so run a very well organised placement scheme. There is an overlap of a few weeks with the previous student each year so that they can pass on any projects and knowledge that they have gained over their year.
5 /5

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

I was sent on several internal (for stuff like health and safety) and two external courses (which was quite expensive!) to aid in my development skills in one of the main computer programmes which I used throughout my placement.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
4 /5

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

I would love to go back and work for Lubrizol when I graduate! :)
4 /5

The Culture

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

There was a good group of us that lived in/near Derby who socialised 1-2 times/week which was great. We also occasionally had the people from further afield come over for a night out and crash on sofas.
5 /5

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

Derby is a pretty cheap place to live.
4 /5

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

Derby nightlife was average, but not too far away is Nottingham which has great nightlife!
4 /5

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

The social club ran weekly football, badminton and volleyball clubs and lots of other activities that were slightly less frequent. All of which were subsidised!
4 /5