More about Nathan
Placement company: Sealed Air Diversey Care (Utrecht, Netherlands)
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“What I enjoy most is being involved in a range of interesting projects that have helped me to develop my design engineering knowledge. The course is quite technical, so it’s important to use your free time wisely, reflecting on notes and getting support from staff. As long as you have an interest in design you should enjoy the course.
What do you think about the course staff?
“You tend to be working independently but the staff are very good at giving constructive criticism that helps guide you through projects. Lectures tend to be engaging depending on how the lecturer style of presenting information. Tutors are very supportive with optimising the university experience, for the students especially in the small group tutor sessions where there is a lot more focus individuals feedback in the groups.
Have you found the course’s trips useful to your studies?
“There have been a few trips in my time on the course, the ones that were most useful were the visit to the NEC for the engineering convention in Birmingham and the finals of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) competition in London. At the engineering convention I was able to find out about potential engineering companies I could work for in the future and learn more about them while I was there. The finals of the EWB competition gave me a better insight into considerations needed to incorporate your designs in the real world.
How did you spend your placement year?
“I spent my placement year working for Sealed Air Diversey Care in Utrecht, Netherlands. They specialise in cleaning, hygiene, food safety and infection prevention solutions. My role was to contribute to various projects within the engineering team which included responsibilities like redesigning components for existing products, performing laboratory testing e.g. chemical compatibility tests, building test rigs and designing models in the workshops.
What was the most interesting or enjoyable aspect of your placement?
“The most enjoyable parts of the placement were the opportunities given to me to visit different factories and exhibitions. The visits allowed me to develop my knowledge and understanding of manufacturing and gain a real appreciation of different design considerations.
What skills have you gained by completing this placement?
“I’ve gained a better understanding of the design process in practice. I’ve learnt how to identify what kind of testing is needed for certain products and being able to analyse any problems that may occur in the field in order to develop better design solutions. I’ve improved my knowledge about the importance of customer relationships, manufacturing processes and the different variables that can occur during projects depending on the materials used.
“My skills with Solidworks, 3D printing and model making in the workshop have also improved, as has my ability to collaborate with other colleagues by identifying their strengths and weaknesses and using their knowledge and experience to help with particular tasks.”