Manage the computerised maintenance system.
Manage Calibrations on site.
Complete weekly KPI's for engineering.
any other projects taken on (I made modifications and verified equipment, reasearched and purachased new equipment which involved getting a large budget assigned)
Found it to be really enjoyable, great variability in the work and projects that I was able to get involved with, given the opportunity to manage my own project and then to also with experienced professionals on larger goals
People are very willing to get the students involved in just about all aspects of the work, from the important industrial engineering tasks to overall standard industrial knowledge (working with other departments to develop a better end result etc.) Opportunity to get involved with social events is also very frequent...
Monthly meetings were scheduled with the engineering manager to discuss current workloads and how it can be improved to best suit your own desired work content, any general issues could also be brought up for discussion. Manager was also readily available to provide extra support at all times.
Daily tasks were assigned which could be generally covered in good time then project works etc. could be managed to suit the current work load. If I found my work load was whittling down, this would easily be solved by discussing other on going works and being assigned certain individual actions etc. If the workload did become too much to handle this again could be discussed appropriatly and resources would be given to help.
When starting my placement I initally assumed sole responsibility would be difficulty to gain due the 'student' status, this was not really the case. Trust was put with the placement students to complete important work and provide answers to on going issues. I was able to be a site lead for ensuring that a new electronic management system for engineering was instroduced (involved testing of the system, training, communicating any current issues globally through conference calling weekly).
many of the skills gained from my placement are important for working in industry. I recieved the opportunity to work in specially controlled environments (Aseptic production etc.) from this I gained the knowledge of what to cover when completing any engineering taks. I was also able to work with many other departments (Quality control, microbiology etc.), from this I learned how different skilled departments can come together to give an overall greater view on an issue or project.
Eeveryone was more than comfortable with each other and more then willing to get involved in conversations about work or social events. Made working in the office enjoyable and easy.
Tasks were pre-set for when I turned up to start, from there the engineering manager would speak to other members of the site and discuss what involvment I could have, good amount of access was able to gained to ensure that work could be completed well.
I was able to sent to other sites to gained extra training on systems. Training was constant and ranged from microbiology training to important engineering tasks. Extra training could be easily requested.
I was offered the opportunity to look into completing university part time whilst continuing to work with the company, this was possible with university although work load would have been difficult to manage, I have been told to stay in touch with the company in regards to places available when finishing university.
many opportunities were avilable to attend nights out with other collegues, easy to get involved and organise events
The cost of living was pretty standard, was definatly not over expensive and cheaper options were readily available.
The site was based in Blackpool, the nightlife was not incredible but trains are available to travel to Preston/Manchester which were better!
If anything did not exist that you wanted to participate in outside of work, it could be easily organised and i am conifdent that enough people would be willing to get involved and participate (sports, nights out, charity events etc.)