School of 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.

We send 15% more students on engineering year-long placements than any other UK university (2016/17 HESA UG Student Record: Engineering & Technology).

The placement year is optional but 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.

Internship – Lubrizol

Loughborough University MEng Mechanical Engineering student Brett Friskney completed a 12-month internship with Lubrizol.

Internship – Mondelēz International

MEng Product Design Engineering student Jamie Holmes completed a 12-month internship with Mondelēz International, and was nominated for a Loughborough University award in recognition of her achievements.

Companies providing recent placements:

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. The average UK placement salary.
  • 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.

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).

Athena Swan Bronze award

Contact us

The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU