Process Systems Engineers are key members of project execution team. They are responsible for driving thework process to produce project specific P&IDs.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The Air Products scheme is really well run and very enjoyable. They provide a variety of summer and year placements which are varied and
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The work that I completed was valuable to the team that I was working in. It was real engineering work. In this way I was valued by my colleagues, I was effectively treated as a graduate.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had a manager who was response for giving me overall guidance over the 10 weeks. We had a few meetings throughout the duration of the placement to discuss my progress. I had a supervisor who could support and guide me on a daily basis. There's always a friendly face to talk to!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I spent most of my summer working on a specific project which kept me busy without being too stressful. Typical working hours were 8.30am-5pm.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was giving some responsibility in terms of decision making, but but as a placement student most of the work is under close guidance from a lead engineer. This is great, because it means that you learn as you work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Major skills developed on the project were Communiation, Organisation and Learning to Prioritise. These are really important skills to take into any job. I recieved training on my course for some plant modelling software that will be useful both in my degree and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Friendly and approachable. People bring in samosas and cakes for birthdays or other occasions and with a big office, this happens quite regularly! Always a good chance to go and chat to people.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The HR team at Air Products are very well organised, and keep good contact before, during and after your placement. The group that I've worked in have also been well organised so I've been able to undertake a well structured, enjoyable internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company really invest time into finding new graduates, and hence have a well run and well regarded graduate scheme. Getting on a placement scheme with the company offers the opportunity for a route towards this.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Good, the number of graduates they take each year does vary but they do take people they like.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a good social scene amongst placement students, though of course it's up to you to organise! We tend to go out for a meal most weeks one evening and out for some drinks a couple of times over the summer, roughly. The colleagues in my group are also friendly, there a few good pubs nearby, which are good for a lunch visit with your engineering group.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not as expensive as central London but still expect South-East prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Quiet near office but good a short train journey away. Surbiton or Kingston are popular nights out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities sportswise. Other opportunies less so, but the graduate council do organise volunteering and some career development events less regularly.