I completed 3 placements at Ricardo throughout my degree, two as summer placements and one as a year-long sandwich placement. During these placements I spent time in Test Operations and Powertrain Calibration and Control.
My time in Test Operations included a summer and a year-long placement. Both were spent as part of the vehicle emissions test team in the role of a test engineer working to deliver critical development and certification testing as well as increasing the capacity of the facility through the introduction of a 24/7 operation. The role included responsibility for quality checking the data produced on each test, facility utilisation planning, as well as preparation of the documentation and procedures for the tests.
In Powertrain Calibration and Control I worked to track key features of the engine calibration development, by analysing data plots produced from the ECU data. I was also involved in the vehicle logistics of preparing the instrumentation requirements for 10 vehicles, making them ready for a climatic emissions trip with the client.
Through all three of my placements I have had the opportunity to deal face to face with many high-profile clients, work with industry leading software and technology, all while working in highly supporting teams. My placements benefited my degree in a plethora of ways, from supporting my dissertation to providing a hands-on understanding of key aspects of engineering.