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Mechanical Engineering Industrial Placements 2022

Multiple UK locations. Multiple Vacancies.

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Multiple roles available. Please read below about the positions we are recruiting for, when you apply you will be able to select 2 preferences. We will accommodate your preference where possible. 

What you will do: 

A Mechanical 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 toothpaste and mouthwash. 

"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 placement with us, you’ll gain experience in areas such as: 

  • Developing a thorough understanding of the equipment, plant and processes used at the site including mechanical design of systems and the ability to problem solve. 
  • Supporting delivery of the Mechanical, Inspection and Reliability programmes. 
  • Investigating new engineering technologies to improve plant and maintenance techniques. 
  • Development and implementation of maintenance best practice 
  • Specifying new equipment and components 
  • Performing root cause analysis investigations 
  • Contributing to safety and quality risk assessments 
  • Carrying out continuous improvement activities to ensure good manufacturing practice 
  • Developing skills for leading and managing groups of peers or contractors to achieve the above. 
  • Developing skills in project management and planning 
  • Experience a range of manufacturing processes, such as: dry blending, milling, enzyme extraction, solids separation, evaporation, powder mixing and transfer, granulation, coring, tablet compression, film coating of tablets, roller compaction, milling, tablet or bottle filling.  

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:  

Barnard Castle 

The Barnard Castle site is located in the North East of England is sited within the County Durham countryside. Barnard Castle is a key secondary 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.   

We have a variety of roles for mechanical engineers focussing on improving equipment, reliability and production performance and/or delivering a range of new manufacturing, packaging and utilities equipment.  

  • Role 1: An opportunity in the Process Engineering division within our Capital Projects team puts your university knowledge into practical applications. This role may include identifying and working on process improvement work and new product or process projects as well as investigating deviations, writing technical reports and assisting in delivery of capital projects to ensure key milestones are met.  
  • Role 2: In the Equipment Engineering you will support the team to ensure that new and existing pieces of equipment are correctly installed/commissioned, and validation is completed on time and in budget. This will involve developing skills with mechanical and automation systems to control pharmaceutical equipment including filling and packaging as well as ancillary equipment. 
  • Role 3: As a Reliability Engineer you will be responsible for driving improvements in equipment reliability through use and analysis of Condition Based Monitoring techniques and best-practice maintenance. You will identify and correct repetitive failures through analysis of equipment history and application of technical skills, ingenuity, and use of the most effective and appropriate tools and techniques. You will work with other departments to advise on the Site Maintenance Strategy. Support and mentoring will be provided from the Reliability and Operational Engineering Teams. Further mentoring and guidance can be provided from various functions such as Operational Excellence Practitioners, Process, Electrical, Control Engineers as well as many other functions.  


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.  

This site will provide you with the opportunity to investigate and solve mechanical problems to allow manufacturing of medicines to continue and taking actions to prevent recurrence of the same issue in the future. You will be encouraged to bring creativity to drive Continuous Improvement in the areas of safety, quality and waste. Mentoring and support will be provided to enable you to become a named Plant Engineering contact for one of our production buildings. 


Ware is the largest GSK site in the UK with a thriving early talent community. The Ware site supplies oral solid dose (HIV and oncology products) and respiratory devices to over 140 countries, as well as to patients participating in clinical trials.  

You will be working in the pharmaceutical engineering team helping us to deliver safety, quality and efficiency improvements while developing your engineering knowledge and skills. Several opportunities are available at this site.   

You may work within our Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) department and get involved in the technical elements of EHS, including environmental monitoring and control, high hazard programs including process, machinery and electrical safety, whilst gaining exposure to manufacturing, Utilities & Facilities, laboratories and warehouse operations. 

Another role exists to work in our respiratory value streams, delivering reliability projects in our packing, filling, or assembly lines while developing a thorough understanding of the equipment, plant and processes used at the site including mechanical design of systems and the ability to problem solve. 

A role exists within the Technical department supporting both new product introduction and existing product manufacture and development. This role will be particularly suited to a candidate with a strong interest and aptitude for digital solutions to help us deliver a Future Ready strategy. 


GSK Maidenhead is a Consumer site (PSC sites above). Maidenhead supply toothpaste, mouthwash and creams to over 20 countries, with our factory running 24/7.  

This opportunity will allow you to gain experience in the design and project management of engineering activities such as maintenance, equipment improvement (safety, quality and efficiency) as well as other engineering continuous improvement projects. 

You will develop expertise in many process areas, experiencing how different functions can work together to solve complex problems. Learning about the techniques used in toothpaste manufacture, you be able to see your ideas being implemented to improve processes. 

Degree Requirements: 

  • Must be studying an IMechE accredited undergraduate degree.  
  • 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 
  • An interest in digital solutions will be required for some roles 
  • Able to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK Values and Expectations. 

Start Date: July 2022 


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

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
  • Ware, Hertfordshire, Maidenhead, Berkshire, Montrose, Angus and Barnard Castle, County Durham
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Automotive
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science
  • Mechanical
  • Pharmacology

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