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12 Month Industrial Placement Schemes – Design Cost and Engineering

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 Generating Sets and Equipment. We have an exciting opportunity for an industrial placement to join our Large Electric Power team based in Larne. Based in our Technical and Commercial Sales Support team, working with others across our organisation, you will be directly involved and at the heart of our business. Caterpillar is a globally diverse company. Its people come from many places.

What experiences can we offer you?

Technical Sales Support group is responsible for technical and commercial sales support of the Custom Power Solutions Sales team. During the placement you will be based in the Mechanical Design and quoting function, gaining real life product design experience, with a view to the commercial implications of the designs, in a customer focused environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conceptual layouts of power systems – includes 2D and 3D modelling
  • Technical Calculations
  • Commercial review and maintenance of costing tools (including commercial and technical processes)
  • Liaison with shop floor personnel on the assembly / manufacture of product
  • Complete and apply basic training on engineering standards
  • Completion of any other assigned tasks in a timely manner to support GPSD
  • Carry out all work in accordance with company policies and procedures

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

We also operate a conditional offers 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 will be available at the time of your graduation and that you will have achieved a min of 2:2.

We hold a Meet and Greet day for all new UK placement students to 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 will be on target to achieve a minimum of 2:2 honours degree level in the following engineering disciplines: Aeronautical, Aerospace, Automotive, Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanical and Electrical, Mechanical, Product Design Engineering. Other relevant engineering degrees may be considered.


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...

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Avionics
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Product Design

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