Automotive Engineer Placement Student at Lubrizol

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Derbyshire East Midlands
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Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Engineering Science/Research Automotive

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8.3/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
8.2

Socialising

7.2

The Role

Role Description

The main role of the job was field testvehicle data analysis. The company does numerous tests on vehicles with lubricants for durability and fuel economy purposes, and many of these vehicles require instrumenting with measurement and data logging equipment. My role was to give support in running these types of projects and analysing real world data from the vehicles.

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

I was given the opportunity to take on multiple projects, which meant the work was varied and always interesting.

9/10

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

I felt that all colleagues I worked were able to trust me to take initiative and work independently when needed. I was given real responsibilities for meaningful projects, and for that I felt like I played a key role and added value to the company.

9/10

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

Ssupport was always there to guide me in making important decisions, and regular updates with colleagues ensured that I was doing the right things and working effectively.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I had some quiet periods and then some times where I felt like I had a lot on my plate, but this was really just down to the fluctuation of workload within my department. On the whole I always had plenty to get on with!

8/10

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

I took on some work on really important projects, which may seem daunting at first, but it was actually really exciting and meant I had to develop quickly.

9/10

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

The skills and experience I have gained on my placement will have a huge impact for me going into my final year at university, especially in terms of work ethic. I feel that working on relevant projects in the real world will allow me to relate university work to real life situations.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I worked in an office alongside two colleagues who I got along with very well. It was a comfortable working atmosphere, and we often listened to music whilst working through the day.

8/10

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

The placement was overall very well structured and I would always know what my responsibilites were and what was required of me. The first month consisted of a handover period with the previous placement student which was very effective in getting me settled into the role. I was assigned an industrial supervisor for the year, who had many years experience including actually doing a placement with the same company. We would have regular 1:1 meetings to discuss my progress and ensure that I was comfortable with my projects and workload.

9/10

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

The company was very supportive in terms of personal training and development, and gave me opportunites to work in areas where I felt I could benefit from experience. I also had the opportunity to go on training courses including those to develop presentation skills, which will be extremely valuable when presenting university work in my final year.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
8/10

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

I would definitely be keen to return to the company if the opportunity is there after my degree. It is a great company to work for and everyone here is friendly and has made me feel welcome.

8/10

Social

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

Yes, the placement students organised nights out, parties and social events, and with more than 25 students working meant there were plenty organise events with!

8/10

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

I had decided to stay living in my universitty town Loughborough and commute to Derby which did increase my living cost slighlty and mean it was more expensive to go out in Derby but nevertheless I managed a few nights out!

7/10

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

With Derby being a student town the nightlife was pretty good, the town was busy with a good atmosphere.

7/10

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

The sports and social club organise regular activites open to all employees, so you're never short of opportunites to do things outside of work!

7/10

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