Industrial placements

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

We encourage all our students to undertake a year in industry to develop valuable skills, knowledge and behaviours. A placement gives you real world experience that will enhance your employability when applying for your first engineering job.

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 role. Often, placement students are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.
  • £15,000 - £20,000; the average UK placement salary.
  • Study abroad; if you are interested in travelling whilst you study, there are placement opportunities in other countries too, as well as options to spend from 3-12 months at an overseas university.
  • Professional registration; a year of industrial work experience can contribute towards achieving professional registration.
  • Professional practice; put the knowledge gained during your degree into practice within a working environment alongside professional engineers.
  • Improved academic performance; placement students often demonstrate improved performance on return from a placement due to the additional experience and maturity they have gained.
  • Additional qualification; a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) or a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) is awarded to students on successful completion of a placement.
  • Professional contacts; a placement year is an ideal opportunity to network with industrial contacts at your host company and amongst their customers and suppliers.

Support in finding a placement

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

We have a Placement Team with links with over 200 companies that provide our students with current placement opportunities. The team will help enhance your CV and application and advise you on performing your best at an interview.

Industrial placements are a significant experience, and we make every effort to help our students secure placements which match their interests and ambitions.

If you are unsure whether to take a placement, you do not have to specify a sandwich option on your UCAS form.

Recent placement companies

Our dedicated Placements Team is notified of vacancies and opportunities throughout the academic year and supports the application process to help you secure a suitable placement.

Examples of recent employers with whom our students have completed placements include: adidas, Airbus, BAE Systems, Bentley Motors Ltd, Bosch, Caterpillar, Cummins, Dyson, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Hawk-Eye, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, National Instruments, Omlet Ltd, PING, Puma, Rolls-Royce, Renishaw, Triumph Motorcycles, Unilever and many more. 

Our placement students