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Are you a curious and creatively minded mechanical engineering student looking for new experiences?  Do you have a passion for understanding technology and a methodical approach to solving tough problems? Would you like to work on a wide selection of products for clients in the Industrial, Consumer, Energy and Defence industries?

We are hiring for a 12-month mechanical engineering intern looking for an industrial placement as part of their degree. Flexible start date between July and September.

The application deadline is the 4th January 2021.

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Role description

The Mechanics and Design Department undertakes the development of innovative devices and equipment from concept to manufacture whilst overcoming considerable technical and design problems.

We combine user centred design, innovative mechanical engineering, a rigorous systematic approach to problem solving and a broad base of industry experience to form a powerful development team. Our work ranges from undertaking complete product developments from concept to market, to providing consulting services for our clients on their technology, strategy or development processes.

Some examples of some of our more recent exciting and fulfilling projects we have worked on include:

System design of a fully automated larvae rearing system for processing food waste into high value protein for animal feedstock:

Vinfusion:  An app lead personalised wine blending and dispensing device with a touch of theatre:

Catalogue: Development of the world's first DNA-based platform for massive data storage:


Specific responsibilities

This is an excellent opportunity for a mechanical engineering student with the ambition and ability to achieve excellent results within highly demanding industries under tough commercial and time constraints. You will be using your technical skills to contribute to product development projects with support and guidance from seniors; from initial idea generation through to the delivery and manufacturing support for market ready products. This may include:

  • Carrying out research into cutting edge technologies and markets
  • Taking part in concept generation and problem-solving workshops
  • Evaluating ideas using evidence from physics-models or experimentally obtained evidence
  • Preparation of detailed designs, from system to component level
  • Manufacturing of parts and assemblies, hands-on or by liaising with suppliers
  • Testing of designs to ensure they meet the client’s and end customers’ needs



A successful Mechanical Engineering Intern in the Mechanics and Design Department will have the ability to:

  • Communicate with peers and clients to understand their problems and present your solutions
  • Use maths and physics to solve complex engineering problems
  • Design elegant solutions to client’s problems
  • Obtain and interpret simulated/empirical test data to gain insights into design performance


Learn about Life at CCWhat to expect when applying

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  • Competitive salary, based on merit and reviewed annually
  • Company profit share scheme in addition to basic salary
  • Pension scheme
  • Life, disability and travel insurance, plus private healthcare
  • Free canteen - breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • 25 days annual holiday plus public holidays, with flexibility to carry over / borrow
  • Relocation assistance if applicable
  • Excellent career development and training opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • Social committee
  • Discounted train season tickets, through Travel Plan Plus
  • Free shuttle service to/from Cambridge North train station, through Cambridge Science Park

Future prospects

Cambridge Consultants is committed to developing its employees' careers and has a flexible policy for individual capabilities and preferences. Promotion is linked to merit.

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