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12 Month Industrial Placement Schemes – Engineering Placement Supporting Manufacturing & Assembly Operations

Larne, Northern Ireland. Multiple vacancies.

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Who is Caterpillar?

Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. 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.

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?

Electric Power Division (EPD) deliver operational excellence in manufacturing diesel and gas driven Containerised Power Solutions generating sets. We currently have an exciting opportunity for an industrial placement student to join our large electric power team based in Larne. The role will be based in our Technical Services Team, which is an operational support function to the manufacturing and assembly processes.

Working with others across our broad organisation and you will be directly involved and at the heart of our business, including:

  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Quality performance standards

What experiences can we offer you?

Our industrial placement training scheme consists of two 6-month rotations through both Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Management, giving you the opportunity to experience different aspects from inbound materials, manufacturing & assembly processes, right through to end user satisfaction. From day one you will be embedded in a team solving real world problems. You will get to work and collaborate with people in Caterpillar facilities worldwide.

Scope of Works shall include:

  • Process and safety FMEAs
  • Takt, flow and line balance
  • Plan for every person
  • Plan for every part
  • Area layouts
  • Tooling and equipment
  • Inbound materials
  • Built in Quality (BIQ); In Process Validation (IPV); Pre-Despatch Inspection (PDI)
  • Customer quality RCCA

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; 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 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.

Meet and Greet days for all new UK placement students will provide you with an opportunity to meet fellow new starters across the UK before you start your placement.

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.

Applicants should be studying for a Degree in Science, Maths, Materials or Engineering, and be on track to achieve at minimum of a 2:2.

We are looking for talented, ambitious 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
  • Larne, Northern Ireland
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Analytics
  • Automotive
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Statistics

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