We caught up with our engineering intern Richard Reynolds to find out what he has been up to since joining our undergraduate scheme in September.
So Richard, what attracted to you to the internship at Ashwoods?
It was a goal of mine to do a work placement during my degree course because I thought it would stand me in good stead after I graduate. It can be difficult to get your foot in the door with companies if you don’t have any real-life experience on your CV.
I wanted to come to Ashwoods because it has a great reputation in the South West as an innovative, clean-tech motor manufacturing company, so it was a great fit with my degree course in automotive engineering.
What have you been working on since you started in September?
So far, I have done a rotation across two engineering teams and worked on loads of different things including creating technical drawings on SolidWorks, organising supplier visits, ordering parts for automation projects and working directly with customers on designing and creating prototypes.
What has been the highlight?
The highlight has been a project to design and build workstations for a semi-automated production line. I was part of the whole process, from producing CAD drawings and getting quotes from suppliers for parts right through to assembling them in the manufacturing facility. It was great to work on a project from start to finish and I’m really proud to see them up and running!
Why would you recommend a placement at Ashwoods?
I have been surprised at how much I have been able to get involved with. I have been given a fair amount of responsibility which has been pretty cool. If you’re up for the challenge you will get loads of hands-on experience at Ashwoods, so I would really recommend applying for next year’s placement!