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Internship boosts motorsport engineering student’s prospects

Oliver Taylor studies MEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He is currently completing his final year after spending 12 months on placement with Cummins Engines, in the North West.

Oliver chose UCLan because he was impressed with the facilities, the modules offered and the friendly nature of the lecturers. He found out about the placement opportunity in a careers magazine which he was given during a second year lecture and after a successful application, joined Cummins in their customer support department.

“My main responsibilities were part testing and failure assessment but I was also able to get involved in a range of projects outside of my usual job role. I attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Big Bang event at the NEC in Birmingham and I also become a student ambassador, where I helped children learn about engines.”

The placement enabled Oliver to utilise his classroom theory and to develop his practical skills. Cummins commitment to student development also enabled Oliver to gain skills which will benefit him in his future career.

He added: “Working with an international company was a really great experience. I learned about day-to-day tasks, how management works and the resources needed to complete the job. Cummins also ran a student development programme, which improved my presentation skills and meeting etiquette".

Back on campus, Oliver has been impressed with the quality of the teaching and the range of modules available.

“I liked that the first year was focused on making sure everyone had the same level of knowledge and that there was a variety of different modules, as well as specific motorsport modules. The teaching in third year has been excellent and some of the second year modules, such as CAD, are outstanding.

As he comes to the end of his studies Oliver has been delighted with his UCLan experience and thinks there are plenty of reasons for others to follow in his footsteps.

“The motorsport engineering course is exciting. You get hands on experience working with racing cars and your modules are based on motorsports. The lectures are great and you have access to fantastic resources so you’re well prepared for the future.

“I’d advise anyone starting the course to get involved with everything you can. Try the outside projects, it’s a great experience and looks good on your CV. Talk to your lecturers, get as much help as you can and take advantage of any work placement opportunities.”