Location: Huddersfield

Placement type: Mechanical/Electrical/Instrumentation

Salary £18,500
Start date: August 2020

The company is seeking a school leaver or undergraduate to start with them as soon as possible for 1 full year in their control and instrumentation department.  They are a leading agriculture organisation helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world-class science and innovative crop solutions, their 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown.   They are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.


The Huddersfield Site employs around 400 people and operates 7 production plants, utilising complex chemical processes demanding a broad range engineering support service.  The site has won a number of nationally recognised awards, in particular for its effective engineering, awarded by the Chemical Industries Association. 

The Huddersfield Site Engineering group provides support and services to the manufacturing plants primarily in the fields of mechanical, electrical and control & instrumentation.  It includes maintenance, reliability, troubleshooting and improvements, projects, lean and effective engineering and root cause analysis.  It also deals with the requirements of regulatory authorities to ensure compliance with rules and guidelines.


About the Role 

  • Mechanical Electrical and Control & Instrumentation engineering. 
  • Successful students will be supporting the Site Engineering Group and typically have 2-3 small projects to manage and complete during the year, in addition to assorted shorter timescale tasks.
  • Induction and appropriate training will be provided. 
  • The company have been taking pre-university or sandwich students on one-year placements since 2007. 
  • Students will learn technical and managerial skills and will interface with people at all levels within the organisation and with suppliers.  We offer a positive learning experience for the right candidate who has a passion for driving the best from a manufacturing environment and seeing tangible outputs from their efforts. 


Key Competencies  

  • A chemical manufacturing plant uses engineering as a tool to assist in the efficient, repeatable and reliable production of chemicals.  The engineering problems are therefore wide-ranging and varied and not focused on a product range as they might be with an engineering company.  
  • We expect pre-university students to have predicted A grades in maths and/or physics and/or chemistry.   
  • Students may be working in areas of which they have no prior technical knowledge so they must be quick on the uptake of new ideas and principles and be keen and able to apply their theoretical and numeracy skills gained at A level or university to real engineering problems as experienced on a chemical manufacturing site. 
  • We expect students to be IT fluent (primarily Word, Excel & PowerPoint, support for other packages, eg. AutoCAD, is provided as required) as they will be using IT as a tool for extracting and analysing data, communicating and presenting results.   
  • The posts will either be in mechanical or control and instrumentation.  Some projects will require cross-functional interest (mechanical, electrical, control and instrumentation, software and perhaps a bit of chemical or civil).   
  • Good interpersonal skills are required as students will have to interface with Syngenta personnel at all levels from technicians to senior managers and with external suppliers. 
  • The posts will not suit those requiring electronics, power or civil engineering or pure IT work, nor those who prefer a high technology design and development environment.


To apply for this placement or for more information, please contact: Caroline Jardine-Smith by email c.jardine-smith@etrust.org.uk stating your interest, your full name and the 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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