Professional Training placement

Finding a placement

At the start of your second year, we help you apply for placement jobs through:

  • Help with your CV
  • Interview practice
  • Linking you with employers
  • Employer workshops

You should start your search for a placement job early. At the beginning of the second year all students will receive details of how to apply for a placement job. This includes the placement application form to help us understand what type of job you want, plus details of the lectures and tutorials that you can attend to get support in writing your CV and application forms, practicing for interviews and assistance with applying.

During these early stages you will be interviewed by a member of staff to help match your capabilities, interests and ambitions to a placement. Further details will be sent to you at the start of the second year.

Supporting your placement

During your placement we visit you to:

  • Help you settle in
  • Assess the experience you are gaining
  • Help you record your experience

We have a number of resources available to help students find placements, as well as resources to help you when you are in your placement.

During your placement

During your placement you will be allocated a visiting tutor, your tutor will visit you three times during your placement to ensure that you are gaining the experience you need in an appropriate environment.

Where do students go for their Professional Training placement

We typically place 40/50 students in companies each year.

Students worked at:

Most of these companies and labs are in England but there are opportunities to go overseas.

Find out more about doing a professional training placement during your degree.

Contact us

Professional Training Administrator
Stephanie Evans: +44 (0)1483 686135

Senior Professional Training Tutor
Professor John Illingworth: +44 (0)1483 689835

1-year placements – helping individuals blossom and companies grow   

Hundreds of organisations all over the world have benefited from our renowned placement scheme which offers unrivalled opportunities for both employers and students.

Students on the following courses...

Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng, Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering with Audiovisual Systems, Communication Systems, Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems, Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology and Electronic Engineering with Space Systems

… are eager to undertake paid placements in hardware, software and systems roles in a wide range of industry sectors both in the UK and overseas.
The aims of the placement scheme are to enable students to acquire knowledge and experience as it occurs in professional practice; to hone their work skills; and apply their knowledge of business. In return, the students apply their enthusiasm, energy and intellectual skills in ways that will help your organisation achieve its goals.

So, why offer a one-year placement to an Electronic Engineering student?

  • ‘Long interview’ to assess potential employees / future managers
  • Extra human resource to undertake special projects
  • Fresh, divergent and innovative ideas with quick start up
  • Supervisory experience for your existing staff
  • Research links through visiting academic staff and wider university
  • Ambassador for your company on student’s return to university

The facts about the Electronic Engineering Professional Training Placement scheme:

  • 1-year paid placements, starting anytime during the summer (July to September)
  • Online advertising of your placement opportunity to all 2nd year Electronic Engineering students
  • Competitive, open recruitment process – YOU choose, from willing applicants
  • Experience improves students' final year performance
  • Each individual is supported by an academic tutor during their placement
  • A tripartite agreement is signed between university, student and employer outlining responsibilities of all parties

How to find the right student

Most students start looking for placements from October, but please feel free to contact us at any time as we are aware that industry sectors vary in their planning timetables.

We will be happy to advertise any paid opportunities that meet our scheme requirements to students via our online placement list, so if you feel you have a suitable placement opportunity then please provide us with the following information:

  • Link to your company website or information about the company
  • A job description and/or job advert
  • An overview of your recruitment process and a closing date (if appropriate)

We would also be happy to discuss the arrangement of company presentations and interviews on campus should you require this.

Want more information? Please contact Professor John Illingworth or Stephanie Evans.

Q: How long are Electronic Engineering placements?

A: Placements must be at least 46 working weeks (excluding annual leave), commencing any time between July and September following the conclusion of your second year of academic study.

Q: Who organises the placement?

A: You have the freedom to apply for any placements that interest you – the Department of Electronic Engineering does not assign students to organisations.

Every year we are notified of placement opportunities by a wide range of employers. They are advertised on an online list and you can apply to as many as you like. You can also arrange your own placement with an employer not featured on our list, but any such placement can only go ahead with prior approval from the  Senior Professional Training Tutor.

Detailed support and guidance on the process of finding and securing a placement is provided via the Professional Training Team during the second year.

Q: What type of placements can I do as part of an Electronic Engineering course?

A: Placements undertaken by Electronic Engineering students are wide ranging, reflecting the breadth of Electronic Engineering programmes on offer and the career aspirations of the students.

We do not place limits on the size or nature of the organisation you choose to work for, provided the role itself provides the opportunity to gain technical experience relevant to your career aims and chosen degree programme.

Q: Do I get paid?

A: We strongly support the principle of paid placements, and would only approve an unpaid placement in exceptional circumstances.
All the placements we advertise offer a salary, and these currently range from approximately £14,000 to £20,000.

Q: Can I do a placement abroad?

A: Yes. A year abroad is an excellent way to aid your personal development and gain new experiences. You can go anywhere, provided the role is suitable, the destination is deemed safe and a tutor is able to visit you.

Q: Is a placement a compulsory part of the Electronic Engineering courses?

A: No. All Electronic Engineering courses can be taken with or without the Professional Training Year. The final decision on which route to take is yours.

Q: Does the placement contribute to the degree mark?

A: Yes, 10%.  The Electronic Engineering placement year is assessed through regular  written reports, a poster, plus performance reports from your employer and academic tutor.

Q: How will the Department support me whilst I’m on placement?

A: Normally, your tutor will visit you in the company three times during the placement year.

Q: How do I apply for an Electronic Engineering course with a placement?

A: The Professional Training Placement scheme is optional for all Electronic Engineering programmes. If you wish to take a placement year as part of your Electronic Engineering course you should apply to be enrolled on the programme that includes the placement

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University of Surrey