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Wild Country - on 16 May 2014

Wild Country are looking for a design engineer to intern for 1 year from July 2014.

Wild Country are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of rock climbing equipment, with a wide portfolio of high quality mountaineering products, making this a fantastic opportunity to join this exciting outdoor brand during a period of expansion.

Student Design Engineer Internship:
Support funding: £500/month.
Hours of work: 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Holiday Allowance: 22 days plus Bank Holidays Pro Rata.
Placement Period: 1 year beginning July 2014.
Location: Tideswell - It is expected that the successful candidate will live within reasonable commuting distance of the Tideswell office.
The successful candidate will report to James Wilson, Design Engineer.

Please send a CV and covering letter to James Wilson

Closing date for applications 13th June 2014

Wild Country, Meverill Road, Tideswell, Derbyshire, SK17 8PY. Tel 01298 871010

Product Specification/Maintenance of Drawing System:
Maintain the drawing system in accordance with the relevant Quality Assurance Procedure within our ISO 9001:2008 Quality System.
Keep all technical product drawings up to date.

Technical Support Purchasing
Provide technical support as required and instructed to aid communication with suppliers of Technical Hardware

Technical Support Product Management/ Quality
Work on the completion of design files in accordance with the relevant Quality Assurance Procedure within our ISO 9001:2008 Quality System.
Carry out any necessary product testing.
Create and maintain a master sample library for all products.
Assist with CE Certification/ UIAA process by working to create technical files and obtaining CE/ UIAA test reports to relevant standards.
Work to produce any CE Product labels/ laser marking files etc.

Product Development
Work to assist with development, updating and pagination of CE instructions.
Be an active member of the team providing ideas for new product developments.
Formalise ideas into fully researched project concepts, including; market research, intellectual property search, costing, market price, anticipated volumes, etc.
Develop prototypes in a manner appropriate to the project brief; design sketches, 3D-Drawings, Rapid Prototypes, working prototypes.
Conduct laboratory and field testing, gather product design feedback.
Work together with the design team and QA representative to gain the necessary CE Certification.
Work together with the design team and QA representative to implement appropriate Quality Assurance controls.
Work together with the design team to ensure successful new product launch.

Wild Country - on 30 May 2014
In reply to this thread:

Dear All,
the placement above is for a student intern - apologies this is not clear in the advert which was an administrative error. I will correct today.
Due to that fact that the advert has not been clear if we receive applications from other people and actually recruit a graduate or anyone else they would of course be paid the minimum wage for the position as per the governments’ clear directions - as pointed out by r0x0r.wolfo
As for the comments about 'designing, testing and maintaining their safety gear only £500 a month' obviously the intern will be 100% supervised and will only be assisting in the maintenance of these systems as part of the design team.
We will be hoping to recruit someone who is working towards a degree and who is a competent and diligent worker who we will hope to train up to a level so that once they leave they have experience of safety critical systems. They will be learning and assisting not directing will never be left to their own devices or be put in a situation where they are in charge of any safety critical activity.
As for the point of it being cheap labour and morally questionable we would point out that this placement is not a necessity for Wild Country but an addition to our team to try and give someone an opportunity to work as part of their degree in an environment which will aid their future development. There are very few opportunities in our industry - because there are very few outdoor companies - and we are trying to provide one.
Our second design intern Chris Bottomley who has read this thread made the following comment:
“I am currently in my third year at university and I am coming to the end of a one year placement with one year to go on my course. In my opinion the last year has been invaluable for me to gain industry experience, to be part of the design process and to work in the ‘real world’. It has been amazing to have had some of my works and ideas make an impact on climbing via the work I have participated in at Wild Country. Finally there were many companies to whom I wrote who didn’t even bother responding - Wild Country not only responded but have a given me a chance for which I am very grateful.”
Wild Country have offered internships, and will continue to do so, to help to give people experience of work. We have had interns in various parts of the company from across of Europe and everyone who has worked for us has reported that their experience was positive.

r0x0r.wolfo - on 30 May 2014
In reply to Richie Patterson, Wild Country:
It makes much more sense as a student's industry year. Yes the advert was misleading, thanks for clearing this up.
Post edited at 13:58
In reply to Richie Patterson, Wild Country:
Now corrected in this PP and on the Jobs Page listing.

Post edited at 09:34

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