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Electrical Engineering Industrial Placements 2022

Montrose, Scotland & Barnard Castle, County Durham. Two Roles/Multiple Vacancies. Open to all STEM.

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We are recruiting for multiple roles within this Placement. You will be able to select your preference when you apply and we will accommodate this where possible.

What will you do: 

An Electrical Engineering placement in one of our manufacturing sites will give you hands-on practical application of the theory from university.  Our sites produce a huge mix of different products, from tablets and inhalers to primary manufacturing of our active pharmaceutical ingredients. 

"I got so much more out of my placement than I expected!"

Be open to different sectors – Emily did a mechanical engineering degree and applied to an industrial placement with GSK, who lie within the pharmaceuticals sector. To watch the full Gradcracker/GSK webinar, click here.

During your 12 months with us, you’ll gain experience in areas such as: 

  • Safe control, operation and maintenance of the electrical utility, systems and apparatus. 
  • Analysis of electrical data, routines and maintenance tasks  
  • Contingency planning to ensure electrical supply continuity. 
  • Supporting EHS on electrical safety matters. 
  • Supporting delivery of electrical engineer projects 
  • Leading problem-solving activities, including troubleshooting, facilitating decisions and weighing up advantages and disadvantages in order to provide solutions. 
  • Electrical Engineering design application on actual plant and systems. 
  • Learning and providing technical support & guidance on the Fire & Security systems. 
  • Preparation of changes to electrical standards in company documents (GES/SEP/LSOPs). 
  • Electrical energy management and supporting initiatives for electrical energy savings. 

Whichever role you go into you will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as; team working, effective communication and time management. You will work with and learn from an experienced team of multi-disciplined engineers. They will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential. 

Locations and Roles available:  

Barnard Castle 

The Barnard Castle site is located in the Northeast of England and is sited within the County Durham countryside. Barnard Castle is a key site for GSK with a large number of New Products coming through development at site. We manufacture and supply a huge range of different pharmaceutical products from Sterile Products (Syringes and Vials) to Liquid Inhalations and Dermatologicals.    

The Electrical Engineering department in Barnard Castle is a small team of engineers operating within the wider Engineering function. The Industrial Placement student will work closely between the site Projects and Site Services Maintenance team, helping ensure our systems are safe and compliant and that our electrical infrastructure provides a reliable supply to the manufacturing site. Additional to the day- to- day electrical engineering tasks that you will undertake, you will also be aligned to several key electrical projects for the site. In these projects you will offer technical and, in some cases, administrative support. You will have the opportunity to gain experience in real world design and implementation of HV and LV projects around the site as well as utility improvement projects. Equally importantly you will learn and understand statutory requirements in electrical systems and ensure the adherence to all requirements. 

Some of the projects you will be involved include design and implementation of new HV switchgear on site (no live HV work) and infrastructure upgrades that are due to be completed in 2022. Examples include - the new Solar farm design and installation beginning in 2022, electrification of services (steam generators, water plants, LTHW systems) and a number of energy efficiency and improvement projects. You will also have the opportunity to propose and support delivery of energy efficiency projects that are feasible and beneficial for the site. 

As part of the wider engineering department you will have the opportunity to interact with other professional engineers, talk and be mentored by engineers with a vast amount of knowledge and experience that can help with guidance in your career. You will be part of a diverse and multidiscipline team that will surely expand your horizons. You will also learn the ways of working in a high value environment with very high standards and good manufacturing practices. Lastly, you will gain important knowledge of working in a regulated environment like the pharmaceutical industry and the standards that come with it. 


Montrose is a 45-acre primary manufacturing site, located in the Northeast of Scotland, by the sea. At this site, fourteen different active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are manufactured into a variety of formats (tablets, inhalers, creams etc.) for use in respiratory, HIV and other products. 

The Electrical Engineering department at GSK Montrose is a small team, within the large engineering function, that is responsible for all of the Electrical Assets on site. Your role would be directly involved with the delivering of electrical maintenance, designing electrical infrastructure, hazardous area equipment selection and promoting electrical safety. Your successful delivery of this role is important for site as it provides support to the Electrical Engineering team to ensure manufacturing quotas are met whilst still carrying out statutory electrical maintenance, minimising equipment downtime.  

You will also have opportunities to gain experience in electrical design, electrical safety, project management, sustainability and quality in a highly regulated pharmaceutical environment. This will not only help you further develop your technical skills but also, through interactions with other functions on site, leadership and communication skills, fundamental to your performance.  

As a member of a large Engineering team in Pharma Supply Chain you will have the opportunity to work alongside, and learn from, other Professional Engineers with vast experience in the manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. 

Degree Requirements: 

  • Studying an accredited undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, or similar related subject.   
  • You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree but will not have graduated at the start of your placement. You will be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year. 

You’ll need: 

  • A passion for engineering in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • To be organised with a drive to get things done 
  • To be a team player 
  • Continuous improvement mindset 
  • Excel / Data skills 
  • Ability to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK Values and Expectations. 


  • A salary of £21,000, plus a bonus  
  • Access to GSK resources such as employee assistance programmes, private healthcare, and training and development.   

Start date: July/August 2022  

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications.  

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £21,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Montrose, Scotland and Barnard Castle, County Durham
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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