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Department of Materials

Joseph Howe

Joseph Howe industrial placement at Bentley‌  

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Have you had any previous work experience before this placement?

I have had little in the way of engineering work prior to my placement however I did spend a short amount of time whilst at sixth form working for an architectural technician which was useful particularly in the development of my CAD ability.

Did you have a choice of placements and if so why did you choose Bentley?

The placement scheme at Bentley is a very well established program not to mention it being one of the most prestigious top range automotive companies in the industry today. In addition to this the placement scheme offered to me by Bentley complimented my degree choice better than any other and gave me a chance to put into practise much of the theory I have learnt over the course of my first and second year at Loughborugh.

Summary of work to be undertaken or already achieved:

On a day to day basis the work varies hugely depending on what the environment within Bentley is like at the time. New developments are constantly being made to processes in the plant and parts for the vehicles and these changes all require in depth testing before being signed off – the laboratory is where all of these tests take place. Write ups for the research conducted to present to the relevant people make up the other half of the work done in the department.

What are you enjoying most about your placement?

The opportunity to use my knowledge for practical applications and see the work I am doing impacting the different areas of the business.

Have you decided what type of industry/job you would like when you finish?

Materials testing and research has proved even more interesting, since starting my DIS year at Bentley, than I had ever imagined – to get a job similar to the role I have here would be my ultimate goal.

What are your thoughts about Materials as a degree choice?

Materials is probably not everyone’s first choice when choosing an engineering degree but for me it has just got better as it has progressed. It’s a great way to specialise in a particular area of engineering whilst leaving the opportunities with regards to types of businesses you can work for completely open as materials are used in ALL industries!


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