Work for air products in merchant technology cryogenic applications for 12 weeks
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my placement as I was able to to some hands on engineering and apply the skills and theory i learned at uni in a working environment. Anotehr aspect I enjoyed was that I was able work at a desk but also had time on site too.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was welcomed very quickly and also valued as an equal member of the staff. During my role I was relied on by colleagues for information or to complete work, which made me feel valued and important.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Understandibly my supervisor was busy, however that was expected as he is a senior figure. However when ever I needed help or guidance he was avalaible to help, and if he could he would make sure a member of staff was there to help in his place.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I believe after the first week, I was kept busy with my work load. I felt there was a good balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a great deal of responsibility for my main project in my placement, this is because I was the air products representative at a customer site where I stayed and worked for 2 weeks. During this time it was my responsibility to make sure this piece of equipment ran as expected and to also complete tests and generate results to show that this piece of equipment is valuable and the customer should invest in it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Felt that I had hands on experience of being an engineer, was able to seeing and work with actual machinery that I design at university.
Therefore had to actually see and hear it working, and pick up techniques to improve efficiency or detect when something is not right.
Put together pipeline with pressure relief valves, T joints which I have never done before.
Picked up various safety protocols using different machinery and chemicals.
Learned a lot talking to staff with varying experience.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I felt teh atmosphere in the office was really good, this is because people always say hello, talk to you and have a laugh. Its a happy working environment and I believe this is part of the reason I enjoyed my placement.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I believe the placement was set quite well as I had a target sheet that myself and my supervisor had to fill out at the start. Also my supervisor told me about my project so tt I could read up on it and knew what i was going to be doing.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Everyone who joins air products has to do various safety and health training before they start proper work. I completed all 16 training programs in my first week, therefore in terms of personal training this was good.
In terms of development I believe the company invested in me interms of staff teaching me new things and educating me on various parts of engineering.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I hope to get a job with thsi organisation as firstly i have really enjoyed my placement, but also after speaking to various staff members who are on the graduate scheme they seem to be really enjoying it. Also another reason is that this company help you gain a chartership, which is another attractive prospect.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, this was during lunch breaks but also through events such as lunch time trips to the pub for a meal. Evening meals, or pub trips, aswell a cycle pub and curry.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
it was more expensive than I am used to at uni in nottingham however not as expensive as london.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were no major clubs here, as basingstoke i not that big. But reading was a short journey away and also London or Southampton a bit further.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
In the branch I was working in (basingstoke) not so much organised activities. However had to be organised amongst staff on their own.