Industry Day celebrates Professional Training successes
The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering welcomed industry partners and 250 students to its annual Industry Day in October.
At the Industry Day on 3 October, major industrial companies had the opportunity to promote their placement and graduate employment opportunities to chemical engineering students, while returning Professional Training placement students showcased their experience from a year in industry.
"The number of students on placement has doubled in 2018/19 and this is a clear recognition of the added employability it gives to our students."
The day included a keynote speech by Professor Nick Amott, Process Director at Fluor, who studied for his undergraduate degree at Surrey. Professor Amott shared his passion for process engineering and discussed some of the key project he has led during his career.
Participants then got the chance to hear short presentations from the attending organisations, which came from a wide cross section of industry: Avery Dennison, Pall Corporation, Weydon School, Scitech, Proctor & Gamble, Air Products, Wood, Modern Water, Fluor KBC Advanced Technologies and Thames Water.
The Industry Day was also the culmination of the Professional Training placement year for returning students, with each presenting a poster which demonstrated their experience and achievements during their year in industry. With around 250 students from the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering attending the event, the poster sessions provided an excellent opportunity for students considering a placement to find out more about what Professional Training can offer.
Another highlight of the day was a tour of Surrey’s new £1.7m chemical engineering pilot process plant.
Matt Prescott, Process Engineer at Fluor and a former Surrey student, said: “Professional Training makes a lot of sense for chemical engineering because it’s such an applied field. Having done a placement year myself when I was at Surrey, I know the benefits are broad – it’s not only the day-to-day technical work, it’s about getting out into the world of work, becoming more independent and learning skills like time management.”
Dr Marco Ramaioli, Senior Professional Training Tutor in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, said: “A chemical engineering degree at Surrey opens the door to many jobs in different sectors, and our Industry Day has given students a nice overview of opportunities in process engineering, energy, water, fast-moving consumer goods and education among other sectors.
“The number of students on placement has doubled in 2018/19 and this is a clear recognition of the added employability it gives to our students.”