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12 Month Industrial Placement Schemes – Global Supplier Quality Engineering

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. 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?

At Peterborough we design, develop and manufacture the Powertrain Solutions for Caterpillar and other Original Equipment Manufacturer; as well delivering analytics and digital services to our customers.

This role will be based in Peterborough where we design, develop and manufacture the Powertrain Solutions for Caterpillar and other OEMs, as well as deliver analytics and digital services to our customers. You will be working within our supplier development team helping to ensure that new supplier processes developed across Europe are capable of repeatedly producing excellent quality levels. You will have the opportunity to work with our Caterpillar global team members and will gain practical knowledge and experience of supplier’s manufacturing processes.

What experiences can we offer you?

During this year-long placement you will receive mentorship from experienced supplier development engineers, and you will rotate through a few commodities to understand about manufacturing a range of engine components. Specific processes that you will learn first-hand include:

  • Advanced product quality planning (APQP), including production part approval process (PPAP).
  • Process failure mode & effects analysis (PFMEA), control plans and standard work.
  • Root cause corrective action processes for when defects do occur.
  • Process change notifications.
  • Supplier quality excellence program qualification.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in supplier visits and auditing, along with supplier performance meetings. APQP collaboration meetings would give you insight into how engineering, suppliers, logisticians and supplier development engineers come together to agree component parts designs and manufacturing plans.

You will receive some formal instructor led training, however most of your learning will be on the job experience of active projects and hands on supplier development activity.

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.

We also operate a conditional offers process. This means that post university, our highest performing placement students can be fast tracked to our IMechE approved Graduate Development scheme, without having to apply through the normal channels or attend assessment centres.

Who are we looking for?

As the type of roles within our business are becoming more diverse, we are looking for applicants who are proactive, action driven and enjoy problem solving. The successful candidate will have a desire to learn about Quality and to understand more about manufacturing techniques.

  • It is essential that applicants should have achieved or be on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:2 in one of the following disciplines: Engineering related degree subjects.

Ideally, applicants should have a long-term interest or desire to develop a career in component manufacturing development.


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...

  • Automotive
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

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