My placement year in 5 pics: Joshua Komolafe (Siemens)
Joshua Komolafe, who is studying for a BEng Mechanical Engineering at Surrey, is currently on Professional Training placement at Siemens, working as a Manufacturing Intern in the company's Turbine Department in Lincoln. Here is just a brief snapshot of his placement experience.
Top: I was part of a team of graduates and interns who volunteered at the Spark Engineering Festival, a three-day event which celebrated the past, present and future of engineering in Lincolnshire.
Centre left: Here I am with all the Siemens interns from across the UK. Our certificates show we’ve completed the Siemens intern development programme which included the seven habits of highly effective people, business influencing skills, and career planning.
Centre right: The annual Siemens GALA event was a chance to meet other interns, graduates and apprentices from across the UK business and celebrate our professional achievements.
Bottom left: Meeting Jürgen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, has definitely been a highlight of my placement experience.
Bottom right: During the Spark Engineering Festival I taught school children how to play coding games which controlled an autonomous car: the aim was to move the car from the start to the finish line using only coding.
"I chose Siemens because of its values and its appreciation for diversity in the workplace, as well as its structured intern development programme."
More about my placement
Siemens was the biggest and most competitive company I applied to, and the excitement when I discovered I was successful in the assessment centre was beyond measure. I chose Siemens because of its values and its appreciation for diversity in the workplace, as well as its structured intern development programme.
Siemens has various businesses across the UK, and I was based in the gas turbine manufacturing site in Lincoln. Since starting there, I've been involved in projects aimed at digitalisation and applying LEAN techniques to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing environment.
I've also got involved in projects outside the scope of engineering - such as helping to raise over £2,700 for prostate cancer research by organising football tournaments and raffling off signed donations we managed to obtain from Manchester United and Lincoln City football clubs.