"We engineer, manufacture and market differentiated products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials"


Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Southampton, Colchester or Aylesbury

Summer placements only

* No first year students

2021/22 Scholarships

One new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

Nordson Corporation delivers precision technology solutions to help customers succeed worldwide. We engineer, manufacture and market differentiated products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials; for fluid management; for test and inspection; and for UV curing and plasma surface treatment.

Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, USA, we have operations and support offices in more than 30 countries.

The UK based Test and Inspection division has a strong portfolio of award winning products for destructive and non-destructive mechanical testing and inspection of electronic components.

With its self-contained R&D facilities in Colchester and Southampton, and manufacturing site in Aylesbury, Nordson DAGE has developed world-leading products for testing wire bonds on semiconductor packages such as BGA, Chip Scale Packages (CSP) and other electronic components, and an excellent suite of award-winning X-ray inspection equipment targeted at both the Semiconductor and PCBA markets.

In 2020, Nordson acquired vivaMOS, which became part of the Test and Inspection division within Nordson’s Advanced Technology Solutions segment.

What you could be doing during your work placement

You will be gaining work experience in semiconductor design, electronics design, and testing, and new product development (CMOS image sensors, X-ray Tube systems and wire bond test systems).

Meet one of our Scholars

University of Southampton
Degree Course:
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Why I chose Electronics

The technology used by our society is progressing at a rapid rate, and being part of this change, improving what has come before, has always been one of my ambitions. Even in my lifetime things that seemed ‘technologically advanced’ have now become completely obsolete. This rapid advancement is what drew me to electronics. I loved the idea of working on cutting edge devices and systems that could change people’s lives for the better.

Why I chose Nordson (previously vivaMOS)

I chose vivaMOS due to their pioneering work on CMOS image sensors. My favourite university modules involved CMOS design and fabrication and working there seemed like an exciting opportunity to put my knowledge into practice. I chose a small company as I wanted to work alongside experts on projects that really made a difference while also learning more about how my electronics skills could be applied to the real world.

My work and responsibilities

During each of my summer placements, I was given a different project to work on. My first project focused on characterising the company’s new image sensor, which included circuit analysis, working on firmware and image manipulation. My second placement focused on the sensor’s enclosure and its cooling solution. I set up an investigation to improve the cooling solution as much as possible while aiming to reduce both the cost and complexity of the current design. During both projects, I was treated as an engineer and was given all the support I needed to make the most of my placements.

My interests

My main hobby outside of my university degree is designing theatrical lighting for amateur shows. In addition to this I enjoy spending time at the theatre watching professional productions. I also spend lots of time helping the university with events such as touring prospective students and running Q&A sessions on electronics.