My Month at ITL Group: Rebecca Dunnet
Rebecca Dunnet, a third-year Engineering student from the University of Exeter has always had a passion for problem solving and understanding how things work. Over the past month Rebecca has worked alongside some of ITL’s finest engineers, allowing her to utilise her knowledge and apply it in a practical setting.
We asked Rebecca a few questions about her experience and here’s what she had to say:
Q: Tell us some more about your degree
I’m about to start my third year as an Engineering and Management BEng student at the University of Exeter. I enjoy the variety of areas within engineering that we are taught, as well as the practical side which allows us to apply the knowledge we have learnt.
Q: What attracted you to the ITL Group?
ITL was recommended to me as an engineering firm that was open to offering work placements. I looked on their website and found out more about what ITL does and was intrigued by the range of projects they were involved in. I was keen to do some work experience with them to help me gain a wider range of experience.
Q: What have you been up to during your time with us?
During my month-long placement I was based in the R&D department helping out with the development of different medical devices. I got to learn about some of the devices being developed including, jigs testing the accuracy of aerosol generators and nebuliser heads. This involved SVT testing, analysing data and running experiments on the instruments. I also spent some time learning how to use programs such as visual studios which is used for the programming of instruments.
Q: What have you learnt during your month with ITL?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at ITL and it has been an invaluable experience. It provided real insight into what it’s like to be a working engineer and some of the challenges they face on a day to day basis.
I went through the complete design process, starting from the moment a client approaches ITL with an idea through to the completion of a device. This was hugely beneficial to me as it directly relates to areas of my course which involve designing and developing an idea of our own. I also began to learn how to use coding programs and how to test instruments to ensure they are ready to be put transferred into production.
Q: What would you say to other students considering work placements?
Definitely do one! From my time at ITL I’ve learnt so much and it really confirms whether engineering is the right path for you to take. It also helps to decide which route you’ll find most interesting, it’s definitely a worthwhile experience.
If you are looking for work experience or a longer-term placement, head to our careers page to see what current opportunities are available.