Design Engineer at Siemens

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Start Date:
East Midlands
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£22,500 annually
Review Date:
February 2019

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Review Score

8.4 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


In my role from day to day I am expected to carry out engineering tasks such as designing turbine components, participating in projects and working as part of a team involving myself in the necessary meetings. It requires me to this logically and use my part few years of experience to correctly analyse and assess any engineering problems that are presented to me.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Since joining the business I've grown in both confidence and drive to try and achieve the best I can out of my apprenticeship/career. I've developed my team working skills and allow myself to become fully immersed in all tasks where possible. Further to this I have become more of an independent thinker, using my engineering skills to solve problems myself rather than using the assistance of those around me.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I would say that I've enjoyed my program over the past few years as its allowed me to gain the relevant skills and qualifications to work in my chosen industry. Alongside this, I am constantly involved with new projects which keep my work interesting and allow me to constantly learn on the job.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


As a general the apprenticeship is well organized as the placements are structured in such a way as to give you the right amount of experience and time to complete the units as part of your NVQ. There have been certain issues raised across a number of apprentices, but this does not reflect on Siemens as a company or the success of the apprenticeship.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


As a final year apprentice, I do not receive much support now as its not required and its expected that we use our own initiative and problem solve ourselves. However, in the earlier years the support was there with regards to college issues, placements reviews and I know if needed I can always get this support again at any time.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


At Lincoln College they provide us with adequate training material and enable us to successfully complete our qualifications. There have been issues with a lack of tutors in previous years, but during my HNC qualification this has mostly been revolved and there have been no further issues for me personally.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


All my qualifications help me perform my role better as they provide an insight into engineering processes. For example, my level 2 PEO provides a fundamental understanding of machining processes which must be considered in my job role when designing components. Furthermore, my level 3/HNC provide me with the level of mathematical knowledge and understanding to tackle increasingly more complex tasks.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


Where I can I try and put my name down for the numerous amount of volunteering events that come up. An example of this was a man powered go-kart that myself and a team supported a local school to then go on and win the final competition. Throughout the program there are other events that we are made aware of and can attend if we wish.

9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?


9b. Why?

The apprenticeship provides an excellent degree of qualifications and professional work experience with a respected company. Throughout the apprenticeship, the support has been there and all the benefits of the company given to us. The pay is excellent for me personally having left school at 16 and now being 20, which supports my needs sufficiently.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?

I would say to try where possible to gain some form of initial engineering experience and to convey your engineering interest. It may be the case that an applicant is unsuccessful and if this is the case I would encourage the individual to apply again the following year as places are limited.

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