|Placement location||Type of Placements Offered||Restrictions/Notes|
|* Requires interest in micro-electronics or Micro-electromechanical systems|
- Multi-year agreement including bursaries, work placements and one-off attendance at Workshop
- One new scholarship
- One-off summer placement at the end of your first/foundation year
- We are not offering any new internships this year
Who we are and what we do
Sensata Technologies designs and supplies Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). These are custom designed ‘chips’ which have been optimised to a customer’s requirements. Our design expertise is broad based and we have established an international reputation for analogue, mixed mode, RF and high-speed designs. Our ASICs are used in a wide range of products in the Automotive, Industrial, Medical and Consumer markets. As well as being one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensor ASICs for Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems, an important safety feature in the performance of vehicles, our ASICs can also be found in consumer products such as digital (DAB) radios.
What you could be doing during your work placement
We are looking for undergraduates to join our engineering design and development team. We expect your interests to lie in micro-electronics or Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). You will be studying for a degree which includes Electronics and semiconductors as part of your course. You will be a team player with a can-do attitude combined with excellent analytical skills.
Our team here in the UK takes responsibility for the specification of microelectronic systems, the design of analogue and digital circuits, measurement systems, production test solutions and failure analysis.
When you join us, we’ll identify a primary role for you but, over the first two years you are with us you can expect to spend time in all departments gaining a broad technical understanding of the business. You’ll be working on real products from the start so, your contribution will count.
Sensata is a global business so you can expect to interact with team members in other sites. In your first year with us you will normally be offered the opportunity to participate in a Institute of Leadership and Management course together with graduates from other Sensata sites.
As your career develops you can continue to focus on IC design or diversify into other areas with Sensata across the globe.
Meet one of our UKESF Scholars
- University of Southampton
- Degree Course:
- BEng Electronic Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
My first experience with electronics was an Arduino kit that I got for Christmas when I was about 14. I liked the mixture of hardware, software and the satisfaction of getting even simple things to work. I also enjoy Maths, Physics and Computer Science, and Electronics is a good combination of all three. As well as this electronics involves being creative and solving problems. Finally, with all the technology currently available I would like to be able to understand how some of it works and appreciate the ingenuity of the engineers who have designed and manufactured it.
Why did you want a scholarship with Sensata Technologies?
I had previously done work experience there, so I knew I would like to work there again because of how friendly and helpful everyone was. They are a leader in their field, so it would be a good opportunity to learn about their products and how they are made.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
During my placement I developed some software in LabVIEW to automate tests on the tyre pressure sensors for the purposes of failure analysis. This was an interesting project where I got to learn a new programming language and use it to control hardware that I previously hadn’t heard of. I also learnt about the construction of modern sensors and methods for analysing failures in the lab.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy playing sport, I played ice hockey for a long time and currently play roller hockey and badminton. As well as this I like going to the gym.
Meet one of our Engineers
Job Title: Graduate Engineer
What do Sensata Technologies do?
Sensata Technologies is an expanding company based near Swindon. We are in the business of custom designed silicon chips. Sensata Technologies have designed chips for a range of applications and products, some examples of which are: noise-cancelling headphones, market leading automotive chips and data converters in performance instrumentation.
My work at Sensata Technologies
I have worked as a Graduate Design Engineer at Sensata Technologies for around 8 months now. I am 24 and graduated from Imperial College with an MSc Distinction in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design. My role as a graduate engineer has so far involved testing and characterising existing designs, solving engineering problems and more recently applying my degree knowledge to designing circuits to go on to a next generation silicon chip. I have noticed that there is an excellent and unique atmosphere at the company with plenty of social events and sports happening in parallel to the very technical and exciting work that goes on. The opportunities to learn and apply engineering at Sensata Technologies are second to none and I am keenly looking forward to the future in my role.
Working with Sensata Technologies on an industrial placement
Industrial placements are an excellent way to put text books aside and get stuck in to putting knowledge into practise with hands on engineering. I undertook a 12-month placement in an R&D department during my degree and had an excellent year away from my studies. There is much to be learnt about approaching problems, working with deadlines and just getting a feel for what life is like as a professional engineer. The environment at Sensata Technologies is excellent for this and I have no doubt a placement student would leave with experience and responsibility head and shoulders above many companies.
Outside of my work at Sensata Technologies I have interests that include playing the guitar, building (trying to) my repertoire of classic novels, keep fit with running, playing football and badminton and occasionally designing and building my own audio equipment. I have also recently taken up roller skating… which is actually incredible fun!