Early Careers, Manufacturing, People, Undergraduate

Manufacturing Undergraduate – Darren Taggart

How have you seen your role develop since you first started?

The first couple of weeks were spent getting up to speed with the project I was going to be involved in. After that initial introduction period, I was essentially thrown in at the deep end and given an important project which I eventually brought to completion a few months later. Ever since then I have been treated like a valuable asset and given real responsibility.

How would you describe a typical working day?

Working hours in my department are normally 7:30 to 4. Depending on where I’m based, the nature of work varies quite a lot. If based in Wolverhampton, a lot of the day could be spent beside the production line solving issues in real-time and getting to know the engine production process. When I am based in Whitley, the work tends to be more to do with meetings and visualising how future projects may come together. Office culture is really good because everyone is willing to go out of their way to help you with any problems or questions you may have.

What was a project you were proud to be part of?

The first project I was given was to develop a sign-off process for all the manual workstations on an engine production line. This sign-off process was essential in being able to hand the line over to the production engineering team and move onto the next project. I drew up a draft sign-off pack and made sure all signatories were happy, then I was able to go ahead and do the same for each station. Looking back, this was quite a big task and we were under a lot of pressure to complete the procedure in as little time as possible. From initial development right through to the completion of the project it took around six months, so I am very proud of my achievement.

How would you describe the undergraduate community at Jaguar Land Rover?

The undergraduate community is good. I actually live with four other undergraduates. It’s easy to find people to live with during your placement; there are various sports and activities you can get involved in as well.