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Advanced Engineering - Industrial Placement Scheme 2021

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Who are Caterpillar?

We are the world's leading manufacturer of Construction and Mining Equipment and a leading global supplier of diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. Operating from 50 countries around the globe, the Caterpillar brand has developed into a symbol of strength, respect, and integrity. The organisation has a clear vision to be the global leader in providing customer value in the markets in which it operates. Our core values (Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability) are key to our success.

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What do we do?

Caterpillar Leicester is part of the Building Construction Products (BCP) division, manufacturing a range of world class Backhoe Loaders (BHL) and Compact Wheel Loaders (CWL), as part of the wider BCP range. Products that are reliable, cost effective, versatile and adaptable. Each of the product families has several machine models with differing power, capabilities and features. Leicester is more than just a production facility - it is a full product development centre with global responsibility for its products. Our development facilities include: Advanced 3D CAD systems on-line to other Caterpillar engineering resource centres around the world, full product prototyping and test capabilities, and, through the international network, access to some of the most advanced research and development facilities in the world.

The Advanced Engineering team within Building Construction Products (BCP) division offers some of the most exciting engineering roles within the Caterpillar global organisation. Working on the evaluation and integration of new technologies across multiple Caterpillar products provides the opportunity to work with multiple disciplines across a variety of technical systems (engine, transmission, hydraulics, electronics, automation, operator interface, etc.) within a global organisation.

What experiences can we offer you?

During this year-long placement scheme, you will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with people in Caterpillar facilities worldwide. We are looking for you to bring fresh, innovative ideas to solve complex technical problems. You will be a fully involved team member with responsibility and accountability for key project deliverables. That said, you will be given all the support you require to be successful.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Requirements definition, including critical customer requirements, application profiles, competitive machine positioning
  • New component and system design
  • Validation and test, including computer simulation and predictive techniques, rig testing or overall machine testing
  • Collaboration with technical partners to ensure designs produced are suitable

You will be given the support and coaching required to develop your technical capability and business understanding. We promote a hands-on approach, including being trained in machine operation. You will be encouraged to spend time operating Backhoe Loader, Compact Wheel Loader and Mini Excavator machines, in order to better understand customer applications. Within a short period of time you would become vital to the success of the Advanced Engineering department and accountable for key deliverables.

We will provide you with a mentor to support you throughout your professional development to help you gain Chartered or Incorporated Status. We also operate a conditional offers process where our highest performing placement students are fast tracked to our graduate development scheme with a conditional offer of employment upon returning to university. This includes a financial incentive and the potential of a summer work placement.

We really value diversity at Caterpillar and the benefits to our business it provides – we will provide you the opportunity to collaborate and share your creative ideas throughout your career.


Who are we looking for?

As the type of roles within our business are becoming more diverse, we are looking for people who are open minded, excellent problem solvers and who have an ability to learn quickly. You will possess at least an interest in construction equipment operation and design.

  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal, a foreign language would be an asset.
  • Strong planning, organising and problem-solving skills

Applicants will be on target to achieve a minimum of 2:2 honours degree level in the following engineering disciplines:

  • Electrical, Electronics, Mechatronics, Systems, Controls, Mechanical, Automotive Engineering or Physics. Other relevant degrees may be considered.
  • Successful applicants will ideally hold a full UK driving licence.

We will provide you the training and support you need to be successful at Caterpillar.


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Job ID Number: 200004YC
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £17,500 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Leicester
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Systems

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