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Manufacturing Engineering Department - Mech Eng Undergrad Students
2018/19 Placement This placement offers an opportunity for the successful student to gain a good understanding of how a UK manufacturing and service company operates. In particular you will see how modern business systems and processes interact. Undergraduate students only.

The successful candidates will be based primarily in the Manufacturing Engineering department, the area which supports directly our diverse manufacturing facility. We have a team of Mechanical, Electrical/Test and Work Study Engineers working closely with Maintenance Technicians and Toolmakers whose job it is to ensure that we maintain a high level of production. There are also longer term improvement projects making up part of our ongoing cost reduction programme and a continuous schedule of Kaizen Events forming part of our CI/Lean working practices. All of this means that you will be required to work on a variety of different projects.


We are a team of 10 highly professional Engineers. The student will gain valuable commercial experience and interact with a variety of people and gain in confidence prior to entering higher education


There are potentially 2 roles available within the Manufacturing department:


Post 1 – Engineering Technician (electrical bias) – the successful student will be supporting the Manufacturing and Maintenance teams on various projects.


Post 2 – Engineering Technician (mechanical bias)  - the successful student will be supporting the Manufacturing and Maintenance teams on various projects.





The majority of work will be engineering related working with production, but we will try to give you exposure in other departments as well. Many tasks will involve interacting with others, including Maintenance, Production, Quality, Supply Chain, Design Engineering and Marketing. Your tasks will be based on our current needs and also the aptitude of the individual.


You will be working on a number of projects and will experience the regular workload of the Manufacturing Engineering function by helping most members of the department at some point. No two weeks are the same, and priorities can change depending on Production requirements. Some project work will involve problem solving abilities to overcome specific issues that have nor arisen before, so good analytical skills are required. (Day to day activities and workload are dependant on experience of candidates)




During a normal day you will be dealing with a variety of people so good communication skills (both written and verbal) as well as a sense of humour are paramount. You will need to be confident using a computer for emails and data handling, (MS Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access & Project) and have a basic knowledge of databases. You should display strong analytical skills and problem solving abilities.


Getting on well and mixing with others as part of our team is essential. You will need to be flexible, as undoubtedly you will be given several tasks and deadlines to meet. We want someone who is willing to give it a go and experience different activities.




Above all we are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to mix as part of our small, but perfectly formed team. Your ability to keep an open mind and question a few of our practices along the way will lead towards your enjoyment and help us gain from your input as well. 



To apply for this placement or for more information, please contact: Laura Bulpitt at l.bulpitt@rtrust.org.uk, stating your interest, full name, YINI registration number (if you have it) and this vacancy reference.

Please note, you must be fully registered with The YINI scheme to apply.

See the YINI application page to complete an on-line application form if you are not already registered.

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