Asset Engineer (Electrification & Plant) at Network Rail

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Manchester North West
Review Date
£16,000 - £17,999
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Financial Management Mechanical Engineering Transportation

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Manages and maintains the assets associated to Electrification and Plant, and creates plans for renewals. Additionally supports enhancement schemes (e.g. North West Electrification Programme) and gives support to our renewals projects while managing a budget for the projects.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working inside a company with vast opportunities. The ability to travel around the country for work purposes also adds to the enjoyment


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

By the end of the first week I had been quickly inducted into the team and given some responsibilities. It didn't take long until I was made to feel as part of the family.


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

My line manager has been very supportive throughout. If there's something I wish to do, he is happy for me to go away and do it. If ever I needed support, he was also very approachable - as were the rest of the team.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The beginning of the placement was taken as a time to learn about the discipline of the team. Very quickly I was then given responsibilities of tasks that made my days busier. While busy, it was balanced enough such that the day could still be finished on time.


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

Have had the opportunity to take on many responsibilities throughout the placement where I have remitted projects and taken the ownership of some reporting and team processes


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

I have taken away the ability to effectively take down notes in meetings of which will be most handy during group projects at university (and beyond). Also learning/recognising to speak up, as most people are willing to help out since everyone has the same end goal.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office at Manchester was often bright and calm. A social atmosphere exists in the workplace that can add to the fun of the experience - especially when needing to take 5 minutes after/during a hard task


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

It was very quickly decided by my line manager that in terms of objectives for the year, I should look to follow the competencies of UK Spec. This helped to organise the placement and ensured I always had something to aim for.


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

From working in a new discipline (Electrification) that is not relevant to my degree, I had to learn all about the assets - what assets exist, what their purposes are, and how it all plays together with the wider rail network. Additionally, I was invested in by obtaining the PTS qualification for both AC and DC areas, and training for various company software systems.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday

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

I would be very happy to return to the organisation after completing my degree. With the large amount of varying opportunities within the company, I see that there is plenty of chance to extend both personal and professional development.



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

I was made to quickly feel as part of the team, and with that came team meals and occasional socialising at bars with fellow colleagues after working hours.


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

The cost of living within Manchester is easy to manage - never did I feel restricted for socialising. Granted, it is not the cheapest city but most things are fairly priced and will not feel ripped off.


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

Their are literally hundreds of clubs, bars, and pubs throughout the city - some quirky, some standard. There will be something to your taste on any night of the week.


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

Network Rail has endless charities it helps in. With that, there is plenty of opportunity to do something for the charities outside of your normal working routine.