November 17, 2005

Work Experience

For my one week industrial placement in year 10 I was fortunate to accepted by Bentley Motors in Crewe. I was in the department of body hardware and spent the time with engineers, CAD designers, in the bumper assembly cell and with the quality assurance teams. This was a fascinating week. I found that I fitted in well with all staff and was able to ask questions that people found interesting.
My end of placement review was very favourable as my manager received positive feedback from all the areas I visited, and said I was enthusiastic, interested, took on a lot of information and was keen to get involved. In Tomís informal test about the cars and their performance I scored 90%.

The time at Bentley confirmed to me that engineering is the right choice for me as a career.

I spent two years in paid employment for an insurance brokers. I spent an hour at the end of each day filing, weighing and stamping the post and preparing the courier mail. Iíve also helped in the office during the summer holidays, taking phone calls and talking to clients. My final assignment was to reorganising the storage of achive files into a logical system that others can follow and easily locate the files they need. I have also evaluated the cost-effectiveness of courier versus first class post for insurance documentation.

I had to be organised to get the post out on time. This means making sure that I have enough stamps, labels, envelopes and make sure everyone has given me their post. I was trusted to buy in excess of £500 worth of stamps at a time. I also acted as resident IT specialist, which which covered a huge range, from word document formatting, printer maintenance, to removing viruses from the system. I found the work a little tedious, but the people were good company, and learning how to deal with clients over the telephone and face to face has been useful.

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  • What areas of engineering are you working on Andrew? Seems like there is an awful lot of talent here… by on this entry

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