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Graduate UK - Manufacturing Engineer

Who are Caterpillar? What do we do?

We are the world's leading manufacturer of Construction and Mining Equipment, and one of the world’s most respected Companies and Brands in the World. By following our industrial placement scheme you will be able to explore various roles and disciplines around the business to help develop your career. Our core values (Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability) are key to our success.

What is the role?

As a member of the Manufacturing Engineering team based in Peterborough, you will be working on key projects in the development and implementation of new and existing manufacturing processes in combustion engine assembly, test and finish. You will work closely with local manufacturing engineering specialists and project engineers as well as cross-functional departments and global manufacturing facilities within the Industrial Power Systems Division (IPSD).

What experiences can we offer you?

Lasting two years, the Manufacturing Engineering graduate development scheme gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge as you take responsibility for diverse and strategically important business projects, managing their delivery to be on time and to budget.

Rotations during the scheme can vary in length but typically last 6 months majoring on Manufacturing Engineering disciplines from the following:

  • Manufacturing planning for introducing new products and processes
  • Continuous improvement opportunities on existing production lines
  • Developing component machining process solutions
  • Delivering global manufacturing projects
  • Designing and implementing engine assembly, test and paint solutions
  • Manufacturing information systems and PLC software development
  • Sharing manufacturing best practise across global sites and implementing solutions
  • Production line operator management

Based within Manufacturing engineering, your rotations will involve working closely with other business areas from Operations and Quality to Logistics and Finance, enabling you to develop a wider understanding of the business.

You will be encouraged to take the opportunity of a mentor from a Professional Institute, either the IMechE or IET, for progression towards your professional qualifications. During the development scheme, we will work with you to find long term demanding roles meeting the business needs, into which you will transition upon completion of the scheme.

Who are we looking for?

You should be able to demonstrate teamwork, have good communication skills that can be applied to all levels of the business and be self-motivated with an enthusiasm for engineering and technology. You should also be comfortable with gathering and analysing data for decision making, and have planning and organisational skills. A desire to succeed and develop is vital.

Knowledge of the use of design packages (AutoCAD, Creo), 3D printing, tooling and fixture design or appreciation of PLC software is desirable.

Degree Disciplines Accepted: (providing on track for a 2:1)

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering 
  • Industrial and Production Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering 
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics and Mechatronics

We hold a Meet and Greet day for all new UK graduate starters. We also have a vibrant Young Professionals chapter at Peterborough which organises various social activities along with Peterborough Young Engineers and a local Society of Women Engineers. 

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