Engineering your future – placement years in industry

Engineering graduates have a vast range of career paths open to them. The work of engineers is at the heart of every industry, every product, and every part of our built environment. It’s engineers who will design our future.

It’s an exciting career to get into, but also a competitive one. At the University of Bradford we focus on giving our engineering students the best possible start to their career by embedding placements and real-world industry experiences into all our engineering courses.

Our graduates have gone on to do great things, and our focus on employability has meant that 94% of our School of Engineering 2017 graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating, with an average starting salary of £26,841 (Source – HESA DLHE statistics 2018).

Here’s how it works

All our engineering courses offer you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry. The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional engineer.

We’ll work with you to find a placement that matches your career aspirations and personal interests. This includes sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service, and presentations by both employers and previous year’s students on their placements. Once on placement you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

Our students gain invaluable experience with some of engineering’s leading organisations. Here are just two examples:

Abigail Short
MEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering

Abigail took a summer placement at Atkins, and now she has graduated will be joining their graduate scheme working in the nuclear sector, designing both nuclear and commercial structures worldwide.

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Peter Black
MEng (Hons) Medical Engineering
(now MEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering)

Peter did a placement year at DePuy Synthes, developing and testing hip and knee implants. Now he’s graduated he’s starting a Research and Development leadership programme at the PALL Corporation. It’s a two-year programme and he’ll be moving between different areas doing testing, research, design and project management.

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