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Innovation & Technology Development Placement Scheme

Who are we?

Caterpillar's legacy of industry leadership dates back to 1925. We have a global footprint with product in more than 180 countries. Caterpillar is a Fortune 50 company and one of the 30 companies on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. We are among Interbrand's Top 100 Global Brands and recognized as one of Barron's World's Most Respected Companies. More than 300 products make up the most diverse product line in the industry.

The Innovation & Technology Development team offers some of the most exciting engineering roles within the Caterpillar global organisation. Working on the integration of electronic and electrical systems within multiple Caterpillar products provides the opportunity to work with multiple disciplines within the organisation.

The integration of the latest Electronics and Electrical technology helps differentiate Caterpillar products from its competitors by enabling exceptional performance and value to the customer. Our engine systems control air and fuel delivery with millisecond precision to maximise performance and minimise exhaust emissions. Our integrated machine systems control all aspects of construction machine operation (engine, transmission, hydraulic systems), provide the human-machine interface (operator controls and information displays), and constantly monitor and communicate position, operation, diagnostic and prognostic information to enable machine automation, improved productivity and enhanced serviceability.

What experiences can we provide?

During your placement you will have the opportunity to work with teams focused on the integration, development, application and validation of electrical and electronic control systems for diesel engine or construction machine products.

You will be an active team member working on real development projects, alongside experienced engineers, gaining exposure to system specifications, embedded software design and development, control system modelling and analysis, component selection and validation, system level development and validation, product health analysis or quality issue resolution. You will also collaborate with team members worldwide as part of the global team.

Working with experienced technical team leaders and mentors you will receive all the coaching, guidance and support for your work, personal development and professional accreditation.

Our placement students can expect to return to University with further developed technical skills and experience of how University learning is applied to the work place. We also have a conditional offer process in place for our top performing placement students, giving you the opportunity to start your career with us on a permanent basis upon graduation.

The Person

You will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and capable of learning quickly in a fast-paced development environment.

A key requirement is to have an interest in applying electronic technology to the control of mechanical or hydraulic systems. Whilst this placement is primarily focused around electronics and electrical systems, it is not essential that you are studying in this discipline (Approximately 40% of the current team come from other engineering disciplines).

You will also require excellent interpersonal and communication skills to regularly interface with customers and colleagues within the Caterpillar global team. Travel to customer sites within Europe may be required.

Degree Disciplines Accepted: (you must be on target to achieve a minimum of 2:1)

We are looking for undergraduates studying for an honours degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Control Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Mechatronics

How to apply:

No CV’s will be accepted. Please complete an online application by clicking 'Apply Online'.

Please only apply for one discipline. You will be given the option of applying for a second discipline during the application process. If you apply for multiple disciplines you will not be considered for all applications.

£100 relocation costs will be provided.

Accommodation assistance will also be provided to help identify options for housing in and around the area.

Caterpillar is an equal opportunity employer.

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