Design engineer at Siemens

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Review Date:
July 2020

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


Designing railway signalling and working with engineers to create signalling aspects

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


While at college I’ve learnt welding, how to use lathes, how to strip down materials. I’ve also learnt about railway signals and how they work and how to design these. So far it’s been amazing!

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy my programme lots, as a practical person I loved the welding & all the hands on work. The signalling is also very good but I struggle with theory but the course is very well taught. Siemens help throughout and want the best for you

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It’s very well structured, i was at college the first year full time and this was very handy as it was all the practical course in one go rather than being mixed up. The training is also very well set up and all the resources are available. There is the odd communication issue with times but nothing major

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


I receive a ton of support, there’s weekly calls from my line manager which are super handful and appreciated, they care for you rather than the company and their needs

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


We had weekly calls and monthly sessions where our line manager would come down into the college to catch up with us, they would make sure we were always okay within college and any issues could be addressed and bought up with the college/ our line manager. The support was always available

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


Helps massively! Having that background knowledge is extremely valuable and helps massively in the theory sessions

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.)


As I’m a newbie to the company I am unsure

9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?


9b. Why?

They want you for you! Every company I had an interview with turned me down because my initial confidence issues rather than giving me a chance to be who am I, Siemens saw me as a hard working 19 year old who had the knowledge and experience & took me on which I didn’t expect. When online they say they want you to be confident and comfortable they truly mean it. They’re an amazing company

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

Be you! Be honest, I was honest on the fact that I didn’t do a levels and I was leaving uni (was finishing my first year of uni when I had the interview) and yet they still took me on. They want you for you & to be confident. Also for those anxious worriers like me, don’t stress (easier said than done i know) but Siemens are the most accommodating company I’ve ever visited, even if you think you don’t want to apply, apply! You never know :)

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