Manufacturing Work Experience Stories

"I graduated from The University of Warwick with a 2:1 in Manufacturingand Mechanical Engineering. Initially I found it difficult applying for jobs, especially given the economic climate in mid-2009. Using advice from sources all over the net (including GRB) I developed a robust application and interview technique. After almost a year of job
applications and temporary work, my first permanent contract is at a company that manufactures miniature transmission and control systems for electric motors.

The job itself is actually in sales and not engineering, however it requires in-depth technical knowledge of the company's products, so I can put my degree to good use. An experienced salesman would not be suitable for this job. Customers approach the company looking for a solution that will work in their design project, which can be at any stage of the process; completely designed or still in the conceptual stages. It is my job to match up products from an almost limitless number of combinations to the customers' projects.

My job is quite varied, involves dealing with customers, supporting other field sales engineers, and also testing and recording data for new products that develop as part of new contracts. The company is growing steadily due to innovation in its product range and capturing a niche market. I am part of the long-term plan to expand its market share in the UK, and so I will be able to grow with the company as I develop my professional career."