Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Undergraduate study

Industrial placements

We offer industry placements on all of our courses. If you’re looking to gain hands-on experience at some of the world’s top engineering companies we are the place for you.

Loughborough University is the UK’s number one provider of engineering year-long placements sending over 30% more students on placement than any other university

(2015/16 HESA UG Student Record)

The placement year is optional but is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Most students go on their placement after the second year, but MEng students can opt to take it after the third year.

Key benefits of an industrial placement

  • Improved job prospects. A placement gives you real world experience that will help you stand out when applying for your first engineering job. Some placement students are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate
  • £15,000 - £20,000. All placements are fully salaried.
  • Professional status. A year of industrial work experience can contribute towards achieving professional status.
  • Develop professional skills. Time management, team working, presentation skills and project management are all developed on placement.
  • Professional practice. Put your knowledge gained during your degree into practice within a working environment alongside professional engineers.
  • Improved academic performance. Placement students often demonstrate an improved performance on return from a placement due to the additional experience and maturity they have gained.
  • Additional qualification. The Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) is awarded to students on successful completion of the placement.
  • Professional contacts. The placement year is an ideal opportunity to start making industrial contacts at your host company and amongst their customers and suppliers.

Companies providing recent placements

  • Adidas
  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • Bentley Motors
  • BP Chemicals
  • BMW Group
  • Cummins Engines Co
  • GSK
  • General Motors
  • Hawkeye
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • JCB
  • Kraft Foods
  • McLaren F1
  • Microsoft
  • Mitre
  • National Grid
  • National Instruments
  • Nike
  • Perkins Engines Co
  • Ping Golf
  • Porsche (Germany)
  • Red Bull Racing
  • Rolls Royce Motor Cars
  • Siemens Turbo Machinery
  • Triumph Motorcycles

Help to find a placement

Our students are keenly sought after by high profile engineering companies who know from past experience that Loughborough students are enthusiastic and equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive contribution to their organisation.

We have an Industrial Placement Team with links with over 200 companies.  They provide our students with current placement opportunities, will help enhance your CV and application and advise you how to perform your best at interview.

Industrial placements are an incredibly important experience and we make every effort to help our students secure placements which match their interests and ambitions.

Choosing to take a placement

You can opt to take a placement at any point before it starts but most companies interview in the Autumn term of the preceding year so it is advisable to have made a decision by then. If you are not sure whether to take a placement you do not have to specify a sandwich option on your UCAS form.

During the placement, an engineer nominated by your employer will supervise you and you will also be visited by a university tutor at your place of work. Throughout the year in industry, you are required to write reports about your progress and experiences with your host company. On successful completion of the placement you will be awarded an additional qualification called the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS).