1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My placement is at DI Automation engineering with my day-to-day role being working with autoCAD to develop electrical drawings, commissioning on customer sites, working with Siemens PLC hardware, as well as potential progression on to software programming if that is what i want to do in the future. other basic soft skills i get to do to like excel sheets etc.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I learnt how to use AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical and COMOS Panel configurator. other skills i have been developing include time management in terms of being able to estimate the time it will take to do jobs, i have further improved my Microsoft excel skills as well as customer interface and meeting skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
the work experience is great. the course content and college organisation isn't great but not the worst. i get to travel around the UK commissioning different kinds of installations while working with excellent people, further improving my networking and collaboration skills. i also enjoy the amount of responsibility i have in my role as i am treated like a normal employee
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
On the work side it is very organised and structured. In terms of education at college, it is not great but they are trying their best to produce a course and quality standard that meets Siemens' high standard expectation. Support is always available when needed in the form of teacher help and studying materials.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Plenty of support. Siemens is a great place for that. there is great accessibility to support in any regard, on site we have mental first aiders for people with concerns about their mental health, there is a great attitude towards supporting employees in terms of career progression as well as personal development.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
the support is good. teachers are helpful and always willing to explain and help you understand a topic. there is a library on site for students to use, fully decked with computers and books and printing facilities. our teachers are always available by email to support if any further support is needed
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
to be honest, the content of the course and units in the hnc/hnd make no difference to what i do in my role. although the foundational knowledge is useful. i believe it is not only until i reach the bachelor stage in salford university that the content of the course will benefit me in terms of the work.
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.)
yes. there are plenty activities available. some on a regular basis and some on special ok. activities such as badminton, football, yoga, massages, running club and more. company events like the Siemens Football Tournament, or the manchester marathon as well as many volunteering opportunities to support the local community in many ways
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
It is a massive company with longevity and the working environment is great. Siemens seems to have a knack for employing social and lovely people to work with. Siemens is also globally massive so you could move to another country and still work for the same company. it is simply aswesome! :)
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
Be a kind, hardworking, determined and ambitious person and that should get you through the door. your ability is important too of course but i think with Siemens, they prioritise your ability to work with others well, creating an awesome work environment as well as a family like culture. promoting ownership and collaboration.
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