Placement student testimonials

Placement student testimonials
Tom
Tom

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.

Sam
Sam

Following a successful and interesting work experience spell with Ricardo during school, I returned to the company for numerous undergraduate placements throughout my time at University. My first summer placement was with the Mechanical Development team, where I was given the responsibility of inspecting, analysing and reporting on the condition of disassembled engines tested during a Light Duty Diesel development project for a major European OEM. I developed a strong foundation of technical knowledge on various engine failure modes and wear patterns and the engineering tools used to predict and analyse them, alongside invaluable experience of professional conduct and workplace practice.
 
I returned for two summers and one full year placement all in the Calibration department, working on a wide range of projects incorporating calibration of both passenger cars and commercial vehicles; emissions optimisation; drivability development; technology benchmarking; and engine aftertreatment control strategy optimisation. Ricardo offers an exceptional environment for cultivating and sharing knowledge, rewarding diligence and integrity and encouraging an innovative approach to problems. I was given responsibilities to allow me to develop as an engineer with the guidance and client interaction needed to gain the combination of technical and commercial awareness necessary to be successful both in my studies and in the industry.