Since the first placement student in 2011 DTR Medical has employed 10 university students, offering them opportunities to gain valuable experience in a number of departments including Quality, New Product Development and Marketing. All the students have expressed how valuable they found their placements with the rest of the team appreciating their contribution to the company.
Lucy Ingham, the first placement student, undertook a project to demonstrate we match British and International re-usable standards which are still an important benchmark for our instruments. Lucy said “I am pleased DTR Medical offered me work experience in 2011, as the size of the company and the friendly team meant that within four weeks I was able get involved with the different departments and gain a good understanding of how a company is run, I found the experience so valuable that I extended my time at DTR Medical to a part-time job while I was completing my studies at Swansea University. The experience I gained working on real life projects across both the quality and engineering teams led me to gain a place on an Engineering Graduate Leadership Programme.” Lucy now works at Morgan Advanced Materials where she has recently been promoted to ‘Value Stream Leader – Piezo.’
Frances Dalton, who was our second New Product Development Engineer, went on to complete her third year at Cardiff University where she achieved a First Class Degree in Medical Engineering and collected two prizes: Engineering School Prize for Best Mechanical/Medical Engineering Project and the ‘WRD Jones Prize’ for Outstanding Performance in the subject of Materials. Frances commenting on her awards said “I wouldn’t have won either if it wasn’t for the experience I gained during the year in industry.” Since graduating Frances has joined Corin, a global leader in Orthopaedic innovation, as a Product Development Engineer.
Jonathan Wood, who completed his placement with us in 2014, is currently undertaking his final year at Swansea University. Whilst at DTR Medical Jonathan installed Solidworks 3D CAD software which has made a huge impact in helping the company design new lines. “My placement at DTR Medical has got to be the highlight of my degree. During my time there I was given a wealth of experience that has helped me in my studies and in my professional development.” said Jonathan.
Dafydd Nash, a Swansea University student also joined the team for 7 months in 2013 where he assisted the Marketing Coordinator with day-to-day activities. He has since graduated university and become the Managing Director of CaseMasters Custom Computers.
Our 2014 placement students were Cara Lewis, Darshan Rana and Samuel Harris-Driscoll who contributed significantly to the company’s current plans. Cara was our first Marketing Assistant from Swansea University School of Management while Darshan and Samuel were our New Product Development Engineers from Cardiff University.
Samuel has been involved in the launch of the brand new DTR Medical Ophthalmology range of sterile single-use instruments amongst other things. Darshan has been given a wider portfolio of innovative projects which will be launched in the near future.
DTR Medical is delighted to see its work placements gain so much from their time with the company, “We are thrilled to see the success of our previous placement students and learn of the experience they gained during their time with the company. Work placements are a win for the student, for the University and for the company; we encourage more companies to take advantage of these schemes” says Andrew Davidson, the Managing Director of DTR Medical.
Our 2015 students are Aidan McCloskey who is in the Marketing department, Nathalie Farhoudi and Ayrton Peel both of whom are in the Engineering Department.
DTR Medical are now looking for new students to place in both the Business and Engineering departments in the 2016 academic year. If you are interested in such a placement at DTR Medical please contact Christopher Peters on +44(0) 1792 797910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org