Calling suppliers for distribution plans and prices, test-data for parts.
Carrying out internal tests on parts and using all available data (supplier-provided, archived and test-results) to input into analyses engines and models.
Optimising models accordingly and providing solutions to increase theoretical life of parts - i,e, new suppliers, modifying suppliers' manufacturing-practices etc.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Role wasn't exactly what I expected - it was a lot more research oriented than I was hoping,
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Took time to prove my worth, but I was reviewed highly by my manager.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Not much help provided, I had to learn from others and learn just by having a go at different types of work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had to keep myself busy since my targets were flexible. I tried to put in as much work as I possibly could.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given lots of little jobs, and had one opportunity to negotiate a contract for parts, which was good exposure.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Negotitation and interaction with manufacturers of lots of different parts allowed me to understand how the manufacturing and aerospace industries work together, which helped me to get future internships.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was mainly in a lab, and as exected, things don't get that exciting whilst poring over spreadsheets and data.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I had to network and request for an internship, so there was no real structure to it. I was just put into a team and had to learn the job's functions and contribute wherever I could.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My role didn't require much training or development, and there were no investment practices that I knew of, so this didn't happen at all.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
For those interested in aerospace and manufacturing, prospects are ok. Pay is in line with industry standard, not many extra perks or bonuses.
For everyone else, this is better as just a temporary programme to gain experience.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was one other person in a similar role, but she was on a graduate exchange programme. We hung out a lot and got to know each other very well by the end of the placement as there was not much else to do.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was flat-sharing near Filton and it was cheap, but my living conditions were poor and I got paid no salary for this internship.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I only went out with the exchange student to a few clubs, pubs and bars, which were ok.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was absolutely no chance, I tried hard to get involved in an Exchange Experience Programme with another manufacturer in a different industry, but this was not approved.