18 Jul General Motors ( Vauxhall) – Smeet Mayani
Role: Process and System Damage Engineer (Manufacturing)
Type of role: Placement
Organisation: General Motors (Vauxhall)
Course studied: Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Design
Year of graduation: 2017
I loved my placement because…
I was presented with real responsibilities and an opportunity to work on several high level projects. My job consisted of liaising with different manufacturing departments such as the BodyShop, PaintShop, Supply-chain etc. which enabled me to develop a wide variety of contacts both domestically and internationally while helping me improve my real world skills.
My best experience/greatest achievement…
I supported planning for the one of the most successful launch in General Motor’s history, the Next generation Vauxhall Astra Hatch/Sports Tourer which was later awarded ‘European Car of the Year 2016’.
What I learned…
In Vauxhall, I was working as a Process and System Damage Engineer. The job required me to analyse data from various trends which could inform solutions for specific technical issues, statistical engineering problem solving, and counter-measuring the implementation. I also carried out four important projects throughout the year which consisted of cost saving, safety improvement, and efficiency maximization of the processes. It has also improved my project planning skills and team-working substantially.
Advice for other students…
Invest some time in your 2nd year applying for a placement as it is an important step which will help you shape your career.
- Apart from working in a professional environment and making contacts in your industry, placement will help you develop interpersonal skills among many other.
- Attend career fairs, start researching jobs in networking sites like LinkedIn and make use of Brunel PDC’s career resources as it will help guide you throughout the whole job application process.
- Have a clear understanding of your eventual goal when it comes to your career and plan accordingly taking into account your own likes, dislikes and your own perception of your skill set.