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12 Month Industrial Placement Schemes – Engineering

Open to all STEM.

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Who is Caterpillar?

We are the world's leading manufacturer of Construction and Mining Equipment, diesel, natural gas and hydrogen engines, industrial gas turbines and locomotives. In 2020 our globally respected company and brand invested $1.4B into research and development, leveraging cutting edge technology and decades of expertise to improve our products and services. Our core values (Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability) are key to our success and our commitment to sustainability underpins the company’s future. Every single employee moves our company forward: piece by piece, part by part, person by person. Join our winning team and help build a better world.

At Caterpillar, We Build What Matters

It's your career. Make it matter. At Caterpillar, you build what matters – whether it’s the career you want, crucial work skills, strong relationships or new digital technologies.

What do we do?

At our Peterborough Campus we have a 500-person engineering team who design, develop, test and manufacture powertrain solutions for Caterpillar and third-party customers. Our world class test facilities and partnerships with leading universities allow us to develop new technologies and support our global manufacturing sites. We have an ever-growing focus on next generation powertrain solutions, helping our customers progress towards Carbon Net Zero. We harness the power of data science and advanced simulation techniques, alongside traditional engineering disciplines, to create sustainable digital services and solutions that will power our customers’ future.

This year we are pleased to be able to offer several student positions within the department including 7 Graduate roles and 11 placement opportunities.

What experiences can we offer you?

Our industrial placement training scheme consists of two six-month different engineering rotations. You will be a valued and active team member within busy development programs that influence Caterpillar’s Global products which in turn improve the lives of people around the world. Typically, individuals experience two of the following engineering team placements: -

  • Simulation – systems, thermofluids and structural analysis
  • Designing, validation and testing components / engines / machines
  • Engine performance development – power and emissions development / analysis
  • Controls – machine integration, calibration, and algorithm development
  • Noise and vibration assessment and refinement
  • Data analytics including commercial, machine learning and manufacturing
  • Integrated powertrain and hybrid systems

This scheme aims to compliment your academic learning by experiencing how engineering principles are applied in varied real-world engine development applications.

We offer you the opportunity to further grow your communication and teamwork skills, along with improving knowledge through daily collaboration with a variety of team members to deliver your team’s goals. Typical team members would include: - Graduates, Technicians, Engineers, globally recognised Technical Specialists and people in Caterpillar facilities worldwide.

This scheme should help you to make informed future career decisions, through exposure to different roles and the subsequent multitude of collaboration teams and business partners. This experience will develop understanding of your own strengths and how those can positively contribute to a variety of roles, teams, and work styles. This knowledge should influence future decisions to help you flourish within a career in engineering beyond graduation.

We also operate a conditional offer process; our highest performing placement students are fast tracked to our graduate development scheme. This includes a financial incentive and the potential of a summer work placement. Offers will be made based on the condition that a graduate role is available at the time of your graduation and that you achieve a min of 2:2

In addition, we offer you a mentor to support your professional development and help you achieve Chartered or Incorporated Engineer status with your chosen institution. Our professional development scheme is accredited and highly regarded by the IMechE and the IET.

We hold a Meet and Greet day for all new UK placement starters to provide you with an opportunity to meet fellow new starters across the UK before you start your placement.

Who are we looking for?

Although this is an engineering scheme, we recognise the value that other STEM based qualifications bring to our team. As the type of roles within our business have become more diverse, we are looking for people who are open minded, excellent problem solvers and who have an ability to learn quickly. Prior engine knowledge is not required. 

Applicants should have achieved or be on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:2 and be studying for a degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • Engineering
  • Materials
  • Maths
  • Science

We are looking for talented, proactive people from various backgrounds who are interested in setting out on the road to success.


Salary: £17,500, Share Scheme, Pension, Flexible working and 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays).

Diversity at Caterpillar

When we leverage our people's experiences, backgrounds, and cultures in an inclusive environment, we enable every individual to achieve their full potential, which drives business success. We are proud to be named in the Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity (2019) and to be the employer of one of the top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50 2021). Caterpillar is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £17,500 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • Year-long.
  • Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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