|Placement location||Type of Placements Offered||Restrictions/Notes|
|Great Chesterford, near Cambridge||
|* (1) Must have a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in UK and be able to obtain security clearance; (2) One hardware and one embedded software focused scholarship; (3) no 12-month placements; (4) MEng students only: (5) No first year students|
One new scholarship
Who we are and what we do
Plextek provides unique solutions for our customers by solving today’s hardest engineering problems in sensing, data collection and communications. Our customers span a wide range of markets including healthcare, internet of things, defence, security and automotive.
We are based just south of Cambridge with easy road and rail routes to the vibrant city centre. We provide a friendly and supportive working environment including regular on-site and off-site social events such as pizza evenings, cook-off competitions and BBQs.
Why come to Plextek?
Would you like to work on novel healthcare solutions, smart city technology, advanced robotic systems or sensors for autonomous drones? What about cutting-edge radio networks or airfield radar? How do you fancy underwater or aircraft-based sensor and communications systems? These are all current projects at Plextek and we need the brightest minds joining our diverse teams to deliver them.
Our work is largely driven by technical development and innovation. One of the great advantages of working here is that no two projects are the same. If you are an enthusiastic, adaptable and motivated person who thrives on variety, enjoys learning new skills and facing exciting challenges then this is the place to be.
We treat our summer students exactly the same as we treat our regular employees. We’ll assign a line manager, mentor your progress, introduce you to a broad range of commercial activities, give you your own workspace and all of the equipment you need. We offer a weekly salary and a stimulating environment that will challenge you to be your best. We provide full training and we can help you find accommodation.
What you could be doing during your work placement
You will have a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable industry experience and contribute to some active projects. You will build on your university education and apply your knowledge to real world problems. Recent summer students have developed a wearable device to locate emergency response crews when GPS in unavailable and an innovative portable metal detector to identify threats in airports and prisons.
If you join us as an Electronics Scholar you could be architecting systems, proving feasibility, designing schematics, producing a printed circuit board or developing filters. If you join us as an Embedded Software Scholar you could be designing algorithms, configuring microcontrollers, creating mobile apps, developing consumer devices or producing Linux distributions. Both roles are hands-on so you could be using oscilloscopes, logic analysers, signal generators, spectrum analysers and an array of other technical equipment to refine your solutions while continuing to learn from your experienced colleagues. Take a look at our website and read our case studies to learn more about our services and our clients.
You will soon be transitioning from education to employment so we understand that you may not have significant engineering experience. All we ask is that you can demonstrate that you have a genuine enthusiasm for this opportunity, and that you can articulate your passion for engineering.
Meet one of our UKESF Scholars
University of Southampton
MEng Electronic Engineering
Why I chose to study Electronics
Electronics makes up the fabric of modern life. Everywhere we go and everything we do has electronics involved in it in some form or another. For me, this is what I find exciting. Being able to be involved with designing and making devices that affect the every day and to be able to make a positive contribution to the world and people’s lives is what motivates me to be a part of the Electronics industry.
Why I wanted to work at Plextek
I applied to Plextek as they are an electronics design consultancy. This meant that there would be a lot of scope for me to be involved in a lot of different projects. As I was only a year into my degree when I applied, I wasn’t completely sure on where I may want to specialise so choosing Plextek was a no brainer in being able to keep my options open.
My experience at Plextek
During my placement, I have been involved in developing a DSP for use with a millimetre wave RADAR. For this, I designed and manufactured an ADC card to send samples into an FPGA where the signal processing took place and then sent the processed data to an ARM 9 processor for user visualisation. This project taught me a lot about signal processing and analogue and digital design. It was also a valuable experience into project management.
In my free time, I enjoy travelling around Europe and the UK and taking photographs with my SLR. I also enjoy playing the piano and the trumpet, and am also making my own custom electric guitar.
Meet one of our Engineers
- Job Title:
- Project Engineer
Why I chose Electronics as a career
I first got into electronics when I was making an electronic dice at school. At that stage I didn’t understand what the different components did, or how they worked together to create a working circuit, but I knew that I wanted to find out. This prompted me to take Electronics through to GCSE and A-level and then study Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems at the University of York.
Working at Plextek
As a consultancy business, the work that we do is interesting and varied with every new project bringing a new set of challenges, so the work never gets boring. This means that there is always a chance to learn new skills, and the supportive environment means that there are always people willing to help when you need it.
Why I chose Plextek
I was keen to find a company where I could get more experience with electronic hardware rather than software. I enjoyed learning about communications engineering at university and so a company with such experience with radio systems as Plextek seemed perfect for me to broaden my knowledge further in this area of electronics. Also, as a smaller company I felt that this would give me more of a chance to get a broader range of experiences rather than just focusing on more specific tasks – and this certainly turned out to be the case!