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Internship lands engineering student job at local company

Jamie Mackley


A high flying engineering student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has secured a full-time job before graduation, having impressed during a work placement.

Jamie Mackley has been offered a permanent role at Blackpool-based Exertrain after only five months of his internship. The BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering student opted to take a sandwich year in industry and began a 48 week placement with the company in September.

Exertrain specialise in the manufacture of high performance training, strength and conditioning equipment. Their products include weight discs, dumbbells and cardio equipment, which they supply to commercial gyms. Jamie will start his full-time role when he has completed his placement, and will combine the job with part-time study in order to finish the final year of his degree.


“My highlight has been seeing the completed fitment of a personal training gym in London. It was the first project I was involved in and took 3-4 months to design various different pieces of equipment. Being able to see a final working product which had all come from my initial designs was a great feeling.”


Director of Exertrain, Gordon Kent said: “We have been very impressed with Jamie’s level of work, attitude and commitment to the company. We therefore decided to offer him a full-time position as we move into new areas of product and facility design.”

The 21-year-old, from Bradford, is currently based in the company’s design and engineering department, using computer- aided design (CAD) software to create computer models of products for a brand new range of Olympic weightlifting equipment.

Reflecting on the experience, he said: “I have really enjoyed my placement so far, it has been extremely useful to put the things I have learnt from my first two years at university into practice. I have been given a lot of responsibility and on a daily basis there are new experiences so I have learnt a lot.”

Jamie has worked on a number of projects and the work placement has given him a broad experience of engineering. He has also been required to attend site visits, source materials and manage costs.


“Hopefully Jamie will be an instrumental part of the design and engineering of the new UCLan strength and conditioning facility planned for 2015- 16. With the success of this placement we will certainly be looking at taking on further UCLan students as our company grows.”


Jamie added: “My highlight has been seeing the completed fitment of a personal training gym in London. It was the first project I was involved in and took 3-4 months to design various different pieces of equipment. Being able to see a final working product which had all come from my initial designs was a great feeling.”

After the success of his internship, Jamie could pave the way for future UCLan engineering student to gain valuable experience with Exertrain.

Gordon added: “Hopefully Jamie will be an instrumental part of the design and engineering of the new UCLan strength and conditioning facility planned for 2015- 16. With the success of this placement we will certainly be looking at taking on further UCLan students as our company grows.”