My previous post was regarding a presentation I had to undertake regarding lightweight vehicle design with plastic vehicles. This was a Presentation I conducted for an interview with a Tier 1&2 supplier of plastic moulded components for varied automotive manufacturers, ITW Delfast, based in Basingstoke in the UK.
I’m happy to say I managed to get the role, although not the initial role which I had applied for, the company offered me a role as their new Design Engineer which I gladly accepted and now I have finally achieved my goal of entering the automotive engineering world.
I have completed now 2 and a half weeks in my new position. The initial first couple of weeks have been a fairly steep learning curve in some respects with regards to engineering knowledge but I wouldn’t have it any other way. So far I have gained knowledge with;
- CATIA V5
- The process of introducing new parts from concept to production
- The requirements of a supplier to support existing parts and projects
- The relationship between a supplier and manufacturer
- The internal working process of ITW (project timelines, task assignments etc.)
- The requirements and finer details of plastic moulded parts(tolerances, designing for easier tooling & designing for cost)
So far in my time at ITW I feel like the company is one with a good philosophy and one which values their staff greatly. I am given a lot of freedom with my role and not restricted to specific aspects of projects such as drawings or only working on a single project at a time. I am able to work on all of the projects that come in and responsible for all elements of design that I feel comfortable with handling during my training period. I also gain experience during the meetings for projects and get to see what is required from the project. This approach I find keeps me more active and makes me feel like a valued member too.
The management and fellow staff are encouraging and create a family ethos within the work place and certainly make you feel valued as an employee. I’d definitely recommend ITW as a company for any graduate coming into the engineering world… and I’m not just saying that because my employers might be reading this 😉