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Joseph Baker

Case study

"I identified an issue with one of the manufacturing processes which was affecting multiple products. The early identification of this problem allowed it to be addressed quickly, preventing any interference with delivery deadlines.”

Joseph Baker Hardware Engineering Intern

Name: Joseph Baker

Organisation attended: Abaco Systems

Job title: Hardware Engineering Intern

Location: Northampton


What was the application process?

The application process for my role at Abaco Systems involved sending an up-to-date CV, followed by a face-to-face interview. I also reviewed my notes I had taken during my undergraduate classes at Aston University in order to sharpen my knowledge in preparation for my time with the company. 

What did you do?

At Abaco Systems, I worked on the design and testing of ruggedised high performing computing modules, to be used in military and aerospace applications. I was involved in designing the products to meet customer specifications and testing levels of temperature, humidity and vibration to industry standard. 

What did you gain from the experience?

I feel that my experience of working in industry will support my efforts to secure a graduate role once I have completed my studies at Aston University. 

Top tips

I think it is good practice for work experience schemes to offer a well-structured training plan for new employees, especially those who are only joining the company for a short period of time, to improve the value of what they can offer the company. By investing more time at the start, less supervision and resources are necessary across the duration of employment.

Universities can play a much larger role in using the contacts I have made to secure more work experience students can go back in the future. 

In what ways has the experience had an impact on your career path/ambitions?

I feel that completing a work experience placement has helped me to feel more confident when attending assessment centres and interviews for graduate roles. I have learnt practical skills to the theoretical knowledge I gained at Aston University. I gained an improved appreciation for commercial engineering and the challenges that occur during real engineering projects.

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