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Aqib Khan

Engineering Intern - Nylacast

Aqib Khan

Nylacast are renowned as a proficient, award winning technology partner to countless leading manufacturer’s and brands from key global industries.  With over four decades of engineering excellence along with the pioneering of distinguished engineering polymers, Nylacast hold the unique ability to provide full engineering solutions from initial concepts and raw chemistry through to end components and requirements.

The aim of the project was to determine the presence and size of inclusions in the nylon rings of an assembled gear blank before machining of the gear teeth.

Why did you apply for the Summer Experience Internship?

I wanted to gain some valuable experience within a role that was relevant to my field of study.

What did you enjoy about the Internship?

The opportunity to understand the importance and validity of the different theories I had studied and to put them into practice. The chance to carry out research enabling me to learn a new set of skills and put them into practice. I was able to experience and better understand both academia and industry as individual and joint career pathways.  

What tips would you give to prospective students?

Don't restrict yourself to a certain industry, field or even something that you think you are comfortable with. If you are given the opportunity to explore something different then take it. Remember that hard work and effort always pays off so put it somewhere worthwhile.

What support did you receive from Career Development Services?

Lots of valuable guidance on how to construct an effective CV. Help with interviews.

What actions are you taking to improve your employability whilst at university?

Currently undertaking an industrial placement year with the company I did my summer internship with. Returning to university in September.

What advice would you give to your fellow students about finding placement and work experience opportunities?

Try not to restrict yourself with where you can travel to for work; it will give you many more options. Write to smaller/ local/ less known companies, show an interest and ask for some work experience. 

Any last words?

Have as much fun as you can along the way!