Mechanical Engineering Industrial Placement (12 Months)

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.

3M has a long-standing reputation as a company committed to innovation. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage curiosity and creativity. We gain new insight from diverse thinking, and take risks on new ideas.

Here, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter.

Job Description:

3M is seeking a Mechanical Engineering Industrial Placement Student to join our Software, Electronics and Mechanical Systems team located in Bracknell, Berkshire. Ready to be part of what's next?

Key Benefits Include:

  • 25 days' paid annual holiday, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Contributory Stakeholder Pension Scheme
  • Discount on 3M products
  • Work Laptop
  • Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Financial support for further education

Overall Mission

This role is part of the Software, Electronics and Mechanical Systems (SEMS) team, which is part of 3M's Corporate Research Laboratory. This R&D facility interacts across all business divisions within 3M, so this role has ample opportunity for real responsibility, in a team going through significant expansion.

3M Science. Applied to Life.

You might not always realise it, but you’re never more than 10 feet away from 3M Science. It’s in cars, planes, homes, clothes - pretty much everything. No wonder you use 3M Science over 100 times a day. #LifeWith3M

Job Responsibilities

  • Supporting, and in some cases leading, mechanical aspects of 3M product design and engineering across a variety of business and product groups. In this role you will:
  • Play a key technical role working on real products and solving real problems
  • Work across all 5 of the 3M businesses and get to understand 3M's diverse product portfolio
  • Use state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design tools to develop, simulate and evolve designs
  • Be hands on, turning your ideas into reality using our lab prototyping equipment including 3D printing
  • Gain wide and broad experience in a highly technical environment for the benefit of yourself and 3M.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Hands on Mechanical Engineering with a flair for Industrial design
  • Experienced in the use of CAE tools, CAD, FEA, Tolerance Analysis and other predictive tools preferred
  • Pro-active mind-set to look for opportunities, trouble shoot difficulties and seek out solutions (technical and people-based)
  • Delivery and task focused
  • General understanding of the New Product Introduction process
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to liaise between the business groups and the corporate research labs
  • Good team working skills with the ability to act on own initiative, and work efficiently under pressure.
  • Ability to identify improvements and generate ideas


  • 1st class degree in Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Design with strong Engineering bias

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products.
Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing.

With $32 billion in sales, 3M employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3,200 people across 17 locations, including 10 manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents, passport readers and imaging systems.

For more information, visit or follow @3M_UK on Twitter.
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Working at 3M

The Innovative Culture of 3M

3M is a global innovation company driven by a unique culture that celebrates creativity and shares opportunity. With thousands of products, people, and combinations of technologies, 3M innovation touches everyone around the world every day with one purpose in mind: to make progress possible.

Unleash your potential.

Our success depends on the energy of our employees and the high quality of their leadership. Most of all it depends on their continuous improvement.

Move forward.

From sales to manufacturing to marketing to engineering, if you're committed to expanding your knowledge and gaining leading-edge skills, this is the place to do it. Professional development at 3M includes excellent training, continuing educational support, mentorship from smart, experienced people and more.

Move up - or move in new directions.

You'll find a strong promote-from-within culture here; it's an important aspect of our emphasis on learning and professional growth. You may also move between business units or even, potentially, to different locations around the world. That's one of the many advantages of our diverse business model and global reach.

Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: Apr 7, 2017
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Minimum Degree: 1st
  • Placement Duration: Year-long
  • Location: Berkshire, Bracknell
  • Region: London and South East
  • Type: Work Placement / Internship

Other benefits...

  • Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Work Laptop
  • Discount on 3M products
  • 25 days' paid annual holiday, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Contributory Stakeholder Pension Scheme
  • Financial support for further education

Disciplines accepted...

  • Building Services
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Science
  • Structural

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