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For students and recent graduates. This is an opportunity like no other.

As a digital technology intern, you’ll be working on an exciting live project integrating new technologies into a manufacturing or engineering business. You’ll get paid £5,760 across 480-hours as you work for a top maker, and be given the chance to test out all your skills and knowledge gained at university. Plus, the placement will be tailored to align with your own career interests and needs.

Apply today, and you could gain a crucial stepping stone into your career as a maker or engineer. It’s the chance to turn theory into practice and get first-hand experience of how a UK manufacturing business works.

Robotics/3D Research Project (Ref:15004Z)

The company is a multi-disciplinary creative studio. Creating objects, structures, and experiences in the form of large-scale artworks, public art installations, bespoke sculptural commissions, interiors, custom made furniture art, as well as design style experiences and brand promotional objects. They have always had a commitment to combine traditional handcraft techniques with more modern cutting-edge technologies. This allows the opportunity to explore new concepts in the world of art and design, to explore the boundaries between art and design by using them to tell a story and produce pieces that are site specific and unique.

One of their core values is that of combining traditional hand-crafted processes with the latest in technological advancements. Having a skilled intern who can look at the machinery and push its capabilities to its full potential would be a fantastic asset. Successful candidate should be able to understand the extent of the possibilities that the automated machinery can reach, to work with the studio in developing new products utilising the capabilities of the machinery.

Desirable Skills: Robotics and systems knowledge are essential, Working knowledge of high-level programming languages, Understanding of electrical control design circuitry, Electrical troubleshooting, Working knowledge of PLC programming, Complex problem-solving skills.

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Greater Manchester

Start Date: ASAP

Robotics/3D Research Project

The company is a multi-disciplinary creative studio. Creating objects, structures, and experiences in the form of large-scale artworks, public art installations, bespoke sculptural commissions, interiors, custom made furniture art, as well as design style experiences and brand promotional objects. They have always had a commitment to combine traditional handcraft techniques with more modern cutting-edge technologies. This allows the opportunity to explore new concepts in the world of art and design, to explore the boundaries between art and design by using them to tell a story and produce pieces that are site specific and unique.

One of our core values is that of combining traditional hand-crafted processes with the latest in technological advancements. Having a skilled intern who can look at the machinery and operate it to its full potential would be a fantastic asset. Successful candidate should be able to understand the extent of the possibilities that the automated machinery can reach, to develop new products depending on the capabilities of the machinery, but also be able to use it as a tool to enhance the scope of manufacturing and design ideas for bespoke installations. Help to create a circular economy within the business by using the machinery to its utmost potential. Our ideal scenario would be for the robot to ensure we continue our sustainable path as a designer and manufacturer and hopefully enhance this with the products and processes that will be able to be implemented due to the robotic machinery. We would like to utilise the plastic extruder to contribute to the ideal situation of the business having a circular economy full time.

Desirable Skills: Robotics and systems knowledge are essential. - Complex problem solving skills. - Tech savviness; practical knowledge of technology, in particular the world of robotics. - Programming mindset- should help to solve any issues quickly and efficiently. - Experience of ‘Robo DK’, would be ideal, but not essential if willing to learn.

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Greater Manchester

Start Date: ASAP

Robotics and Process Control Automation Project (Ref:19438Z)

The company are an online retailer of own-branded skincare and cosmetics, who are moving towards manufacturing in-house. They distribute and retail a range of skincare, haircare, and shaving solutions that are kind to you, your skin, and the planet. Currently they supply predominantly to consumers via their website and wish to scale up via retailers and distributors.

The client is looking to create an A-Frame picking machine that will be used by the logistics team to pick the order contents and therefore improve speed and accuracy. Such a machine will greatly improve the picking performance and accuracy which in turn will increase customer satisfaction by reducing despatching time and errors. The work plan: 1. Liaise with the company CTO to establish the requirements 2. Review an existing Proof-of-Concept machine 3. Discuss possible design improvements 4. Extend and improve upon the machine so it can handle many products per dispenser (currently limited to around 5 due to lack of power in the motors) 5. Scale up the machine so it can support many SKUs (Dispensers) 6. Integrate the picking machine with the digital ordering system.

Desirable Skills: Good understanding of mechatronic devices such as dc motors and gear boxes, Good understanding of microcontroller programming, Be pro-active and independent learners with an aptitude toward problem solving, Good communication skills and ability to understand and tailor to complicated requirements. The intern should enjoy working with mechatronic systems and sensors and ideally have some experience in developing such systems

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Greater Manchester

Start Date: ASAP

Proof of value and implementation of packaging optimisation Project (Ref:3362Z)

The client design and deliver toolmaking and provide injection moulding services. Their portfolio of clients is broad, but their key markets include defence, automotive and other industrial blue-chip customers. In addition to their injection moulding services, through their class-leading, in house tool room they commission over 60 Injection Mould tools every year and all are covered by the companies ground-breaking 10-year warranty. They are extremely quality conscious, and system focused.

Investigate and recommend best practice programmes to support: 1) Proactive approach to packaging design, leading to reduced costs, less errors. Whilst the choice of potential commercial software solutions is limited, at least one solution has already been identified that warrants further investigation and will form the starting point of the proof of value exercise. 2) Automation of quotation and other processes using DriveWorks add on to Solidworks CAD system. Whilst the software extension to SolidWorks is well established (there are 3 levels of solution), the merits of each and relevance to current and future needs will form part of the evaluation process.

Desirable Skills: A solid understanding of CAD and ideally SolidWorks experience; Some prior knowledge in simulation software; Digital business processes and applications; Technical capability to review various existing software packages, trial and recommend; Support the implementation and train/handover to permanent employees

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Greater Manchester

Start Date: ASAP

Product Engineering and Design (Ref:19714Z)

The company is a family-owned industrial roofing and canopy manufacturer who has been in operation for over 30 years. At their manufacturing facility in Birchwood, Warrington, they design and manufacture a range of roof glazing products and fabricated canopies for use in rail, education, retail, and healthcare. Primarily canopy products are manufactured from aluminium sections. Their roof glazing products can be supplied in polycarbonate and glass with polycarbonate being the main glazing that they promote. Their vision is to use technology to automate the standard elements of what they do within their manufacturing processes, which will allow them to focus on adding value through bespoke manufacture.

The project is to review all current connection details for their canopies with a view to improving the ease of manufacturing. e.g engineering out welds where appropriate and implementing / improving mechanical fixes. The successful candidate will be responsible for reviewing the overall product design of their prefabricated panel system to aide automation of manufacturing processes.

Desirable Skills: Product Engineering, Product Design, Auto CAD 2D and/or ‘inventor’

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Cheshire and Warrington

Start Date: ASAP

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Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Data Analysis

Our client is a micro Gin Distillery producing award-winning classically distilled gins, gin elixirs, gin marmalade and interactive products.

Our client wants to use digital technology to increase the visibility of our production process. This will allow the business to respond quickly, flexibly and cost-effectively to market demands, with no loss of quality. They aim to use pilot projects to help explore the viability of a product or process change and identify how well the company is equipped to innovate in this area.

Desirable Skills: Internet of Things (IoT) devices, familiarity with programming and an Interest in Industry 4.0 technologies

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Cumbria

Start Date: ASAP

Electrical Engineering / Industrial Internet of Things

The company are an electrical and electronic engineering business. They develop, specify, test, assemble, manufacture, and maintain the hardware and software for their novel carbon saving product. Their technology makes power distribution networks smart and capable of accepting more low carbon technology in homes and businesses, ad is Patented. They passionately believe in sustainability.

The successful intern will be involved in an exciting technology trial which is scheduled for first deployment in the real world during the placement. This project will support the development of an improved design for scaled up smart manufacture. The company’s technology is housed in street side cabinets and includes communications, control electronics, firmware, server software, and, high current: switchgear; and power electronics. Work conducted by the student will aim to streamline and automate manufacturing processes to enable scale up from trial to mass production.

Desirable Skills: To be enrolled on or completed an Electrical/Electronic Engineering course which is fully accredited by the IET. To have an outstanding Mathematics academic record. To have a good understanding of electrical and electronic engineering. To have a general interest in coding. To have some experience of programming firmware and software.

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Greater Manchester

Start Date: ASAP

Digital Transformation – Multiple Projects (Ref:115Y)

Founded in 1984 the company offer customers a range of specialist precision engineered services including: • 3D Computer Design – using Solid Edge, Auto Desk and CAD CAM Fusion 360 Solid Edge Software • Prototype, sampling & volume production • 3D Print Service: Fortus 360, Markforged X7, Form Lab 3 • Jigs and tooling • Product Testing Design and development of testing equipment • 3 and 4 Axis CNC Machining of ferrous/non-ferrous/composite materials • Reverse engineering of obsolete parts • Injection moulding • Laser marking The company operates from a modern 10,000 sq ft facility with 14 full-time team members, offering a complete service from design to manufacture utilising 3D Prototype Modelling through to full scale production. The company have developed several innovative and patented products that are still in current production.

The successful intern will work alongside the managing director and production manager in the following digital transformation projects to design and develop customer products and improve workshop efficiency using the following: - CNC programming, Computer Aided Manufacture with Fusion 360 - Use of 3D printers Markforged X7, Fortus 360, and FormLab3 - Cloud based shop floor data collection system (SFDC)

Desirable Skills: Fusion 360 experience is essential, Computer Aided Manufacture with Fusion 360 create drawings and CNC programs using the provided CAD/CAM,Produce and check CAD Drawings, ensuring high levels of accuracy, 3D printing, Engineering Qualification is desirable

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Greater Manchester

Start Date: ASAP

Data/Systems Integration Project (Ref:9825Z)

The client has a passion for creating beautiful spirits and have a multi award-winning distillery with an established portfolio of gins and rum. They make up the largest family of direct siblings in the global alcohol industry. Our distillery is home to our production facility and our Tour & Experience events, where we welcome spirit lovers from all over the UK and the World to come and join us on a spirit’s journey. We are a warm, welcoming, and exciting business and have experienced significant growth in the last 2 years. We are looking to continue expanding the business with further major growth.

This role will be fundamental to fast tracking the integration of the e-commerce; stock inventory management and accounting systems. Building on this, it will also integrate the B2C communication and dispatch and shipping systems. The project will create a data ecosystem; one interconnected system that will be key to increasing efficiency across the business and support the growth plans.

Desirable Skills: Possess strong systems and integration knowledge and multiple platform development; App developer authorisations; Data Science skills including building/managing databases, System Analysis, Coding; Strong IT and Analytical skills; Knowledge of and experience with API integration

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Greater Manchester

Start Date: ASAP

Data and Systems Integration Project

The company has a passion for creating beautiful spirits and have a multi award-winning distillery with an established portfolio of gins and rum. The distillery is home to a production facility and Tour & Experience events, where spirit lovers from all over the UK and the World to come and join a spirit’s journey. The company is a warm, welcoming, and exciting business and have experienced significant growth in the last 2 years. They are looking to continue expanding the business with further major growth.

This role will be fundamental to fast tracking the integration of the e-commerce; stock inventory management and accounting systems. Building on this, it will also integrate the B2C communication and dispatch and shipping systems. The project will create a data ecosystem; one interconnected system that will be key to increasing efficiency across the business and support the growth plans. You will have the skills and experience to effectively integrate their systems in the most efficient way. You will also bring a fresh perspective to the business and in working alongside the team, you will gain invaluable industry experience with a growing company.

Desirable Skills: Experience with agile working methodologies, Experience with the software systems being used e.g. Unleashed; Shopify; Xero; Gorgias; Zen Stores

Placement Details

Duration: 480 hours (full-time, part-time or flexible)

Salary: £12.00 p/h (£5,760 per placement)

Location: Greater Manchester

Start Date: ASAP