Faculty of Engineering

Careers and Industry

Building skills ready for industry

As part of your degree, you will develop the skills to enhance your career prospects. During your time studying with us, there is the opportunity to undertake a year in industry, summer placement or internship.

Our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.


Benefits of completing a year in industry

Undertaking a year in industry gives you the chance to explore your career area of interest, build professional skills and ease the transition into working life.

Previous students have secured year in industry roles with the following companies: 

  • JCB
  • Rolls Royce
  • Mondelez
  • Cummins 
  • Jaguar Landrover
  • BMW group

Our Students and their experiences

Alex Hyer stood in front of a model plane.

Alex Hyer

Aerospace Engineering - class of 2020

My placement at AIRBUS in the Flight Physics Department gave me real world experience in my field and network opportunities within a global and well recognised company. I grasped opportunities to work in other AIRBUS sites internationally, by working in Toulouse and at the Paris Air Show. This enabled wider networking opportunities and broadened my understanding of the manufacturing process within a large engineering company.

I would highly recommend taking a placement – the year was valuable in showing me where in industry my interests lay. A first taste of professional work life was useful when returning as a student too. I gained transferable skills including management, organisation of projects and presentation skills which could be applied in my studies as well as providing examples in graduate applications.


Jamila Hamzayeva 

I secured a placement with Proctor and Gamble (P&G), where I worked on improving their production equipment.

The services provided by the placement team really helped. Every time I applied for a placement role, I could have my CV checked to get the very most out of each opportunity. I also went to the mock assessment centres and interviews that really helped in preparation for interviews. 


Stuart Kasakende

During my placement year at Ford Motor Company, I was in the Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle team. My role was to focus on the instrumentation of the vehicles, the energy management of them as well as collecting data to drive efficiency.

The careers team offer 1-1 sessions to look at CVs and cover letters, practice interviews and mock assessment centres. This was a great help in securing my placement and highlighting my experience there on my CV for future job opportunities


Joe Hicks

Manufacturing Engineering 
At Jaguar Landrover during my placement year, I was part of a team delivering an engine assembly line for a new engine. We started with an empty shell and got to the point where we had an assembly line building engines. This experience changed my career prospects immeasurably and best of all, I got a job out of it!

Daniel Sanham pointing at a white board.

Daniel Sanham

Electrical and Electronic Enginering

I completed a placement year at Infiniti Red Bull Racing. My placement was involved with the the electronics team, I perfored a variety of diagnostics tests and learning more about the Infiniti design and development process. 

All in all it’s been a great experience so far – I’m excited for what’s to come next!

Weixhao Zhu

Weixhao Zhu

Civil Engineering

I spent my placement year working for Bouygues, one of the biggest construction companies in the world. I was working on a student accommodation project for The University of Essex where my main job was to manage the design of the façade of the building. 

The placement team helped me a lot in finding this placement, getting my CV right and being successful at interviews.

Sarah Rodgers

Sarah Rogers

PhD Student in the Sustainable Process Technologies Research Group

During my placement, I was a Process Technologist for AkzoNobel (manufacturers of Dulux Paint). I was a member of the Process Technology Team who were responsible for looking after new technologies to update the paint manufacturing process.

The best and most challenging part of my placement was leading a deployment. I was responsible for organising the smooth implementation of new equipment which involved working closely with the manufacturers on-site and the equipment developers. Despite the challenges I faced, the ultimate success of the project meant my work was developed into a roadmap for future deployments of its kind. Knowing that my work will have an influence on future projects is really rewarding. 

Marios Seraphim

Marios Seraphim

Civil Engineering
Undertaking an industry placement will prepare you to enter the professional world of the sector you want to follow, in both technical and social aspects. A major thing about a placement is that it gives you the chance to build contacts with people. This kind of networking plays an extremely important role in employability. My placement has given me a clear picture of what this profession is like and I would definitely like to return to my employer upon graduating. 

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