Summer Work Placements

THE ROLE

What We Are Offering

This is a final call for one additional intern to join the two already appointed for this summer. We are looking for a talented student studying electronics, physics or software currently in the 2nd or 3rdyear of their degree. The internship is paid and normally lasts 10 weeks during July to September.

All students MUST have a minimum of 5 years’ permanent residency in the UK and be able to obtain security clearance.

Please supply a CV and indicate in your covering letter why you are interested in the position and what motivates you in the field that you are studying. Please also state whether you would like to be interviewed for Electronics or Embedded Software (see the skillset requirements below).

What You Could Be Doing During Your Summer Work Placement

There are many different project choices, so we offer a project that is tailored to the specific skills of the successful applicant. Guidance, support and supervision will be provided by experienced senior engineers, although the student should show willingness to be self-motivated, and have the ability to work on his or her own initiative wherever possible.

Examples of previous student projects include:

  • Phase noise measurement system
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data capture and processing design
  • Configurable radar test target
  • Vehicle counting technology
  • Inertial navigation device

Skills Required

The interview will be tailored to your degree and any stated experience. Please state in your application which of the two skillsets are most relevant to your knowledge and aspirations.

Electronics Skillset

An understanding of all or some of the following is required:

  • Analogue/RF electronics
  • A/D conversion principles
  • Filter theory and fundamentals of control loops.
  • Some understanding of digital principles and/or software skills (preferably C) would also be beneficial.

Embedded Software Skillset

  • Knowledge of microcontrollers/system-on-chip devices
  • Coding skills: C or C++
  • General electronics
  • A/D conversion principles
  • An understanding of the role of digital signal processing and low level software in modern electronics would also be beneficial.

THE COMPANY

Who We Are and What We Do

Plextek provides electronic design, supply and consultancy from the creation of ideas through to the manufacture of products.

Established in 1989, we have evolved from a pure ‘design house’ into an international multidisciplinary consultancy. Based near Cambridge, Plextek creates innovative ideas and solutions for clients and takes concepts from early research through development and into production. We employ 70 people at our UK laboratory and office complex and utilise factories in the UK and Far East to manufacture products.

The majority of our staff are degree qualified, and a number also have higher degrees. We have grown from a staff of 3 to 70 and are now one of the leading consultancies in our field.

One of our specialties is in the design of radio communication and radar systems, although the work we undertake is actually a mix between radio frequency electronics, analogue electronics, digital electronics, signal processing and embedded software. Most projects involve a mixture of hardware and software.

Why Come To Plextek?

Engineers working at Plextek have the opportunity to work on exciting and innovative projects from technology studies to the design of complex communication systems and devices (We also supply the finished products if that is what the client wants). As we are a medium-sized company that focuses on consulting, students on placements with us are able to experience a wide range of different technologies and projects at an early stage of their career.

We work in many sectors of the electronics industry including HF to mm-wave communications, radar and high speed Digital Signal Processing (DSP).

We are one of the few organisations offering Radio Frequency design opportunities. We also have extensive laboratory facilities and a wide range of software and CAD tools.

Students who like Plextek and have done well in their placements are considered for permanent roles upon graduation.  We welcome individuals who are genuinely interested and switched-on by modern technology and who have a thirst for working on a wide variety of projects for diverse clients and industries.

Plextek has a training scheme to develop graduates, ensuring that experience is wide as well as deep across a range of technologies. Plextek supports professional training towards obtaining chartered status with the IET or other relevant institutions. In the longer term there are parallel paths for career progression at Plextek, so progress can be made in purely technical as well as project management and commercial roles.

Chris Lancaster, Graduate Software Engineer:

“Working at Plextek is helping me find my way through my career due to the wide variety of tasks that arise on a daily basis working for a consultancy. Every day I learn something new.”

Job Details

Job Reference Number: SWP20

Position: Full time, Paid

Placement: 2 Months

Location: Great Chesterford, near Cambridge

Nicholas Hill, Chief Executive Officer:

“Last summer we started accepting a small number of work experience placements for the first time. We hope to gain some insight into how to engage with sixth formers in an effective way without putting too much drain on internal resources. Next year I hope to put more formal arrangements in place with our local sixth form school.”

Summer Work Placements

THE ROLE

What We Are Offering

This is a final call for one additional intern to join the two already appointed for this summer. We are looking for a talented student studying electronics, physics or software currently in the 2nd or 3rdyear of their degree. The internship is paid and normally lasts 10 weeks during July to September.

All students MUST have a minimum of 5 years’ permanent residency in the UK and be able to obtain security clearance.

Please supply a CV and indicate in your covering letter why you are interested in the position and what motivates you in the field that you are studying. Please also state whether you would like to be interviewed for Electronics or Embedded Software (see the skillset requirements below).

What You Could Be Doing During Your Summer Work Placement

There are many different project choices, so we offer a project that is tailored to the specific skills of the successful applicant. Guidance, support and supervision will be provided by experienced senior engineers, although the student should show willingness to be self-motivated, and have the ability to work on his or her own initiative wherever possible.

Examples of previous student projects include:

  • Phase noise measurement system
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data capture and processing design
  • Configurable radar test target
  • Vehicle counting technology
  • Inertial navigation device

Skills Required

The interview will be tailored to your degree and any stated experience. Please state in your application which of the two skillsets are most relevant to your knowledge and aspirations.

Electronics Skillset

An understanding of all or some of the following is required:

  • Analogue/RF electronics
  • A/D conversion principles
  • Filter theory and fundamentals of control loops.
  • Some understanding of digital principles and/or software skills (preferably C) would also be beneficial.

Embedded Software Skillset

  • Knowledge of microcontrollers/system-on-chip devices
  • Coding skills: C or C++
  • General electronics
  • A/D conversion principles
  • An understanding of the role of digital signal processing and low level software in modern electronics would also be beneficial.

THE COMPANY

Who We Are and What We Do

Plextek provides electronic design, supply and consultancy from the creation of ideas through to the manufacture of products.

Established in 1989, we have evolved from a pure ‘design house’ into an international multidisciplinary consultancy. Based near Cambridge, Plextek creates innovative ideas and solutions for clients and takes concepts from early research through development and into production. We employ 70 people at our UK laboratory and office complex and utilise factories in the UK and Far East to manufacture products.

The majority of our staff are degree qualified, and a number also have higher degrees. We have grown from a staff of 3 to 70 and are now one of the leading consultancies in our field.

One of our specialties is in the design of radio communication and radar systems, although the work we undertake is actually a mix between radio frequency electronics, analogue electronics, digital electronics, signal processing and embedded software. Most projects involve a mixture of hardware and software.

Why Come To Plextek?

Engineers working at Plextek have the opportunity to work on exciting and innovative projects from technology studies to the design of complex communication systems and devices (We also supply the finished products if that is what the client wants). As we are a medium-sized company that focuses on consulting, students on placements with us are able to experience a wide range of different technologies and projects at an early stage of their career.

We work in many sectors of the electronics industry including HF to mm-wave communications, radar and high speed Digital Signal Processing (DSP).

We are one of the few organisations offering Radio Frequency design opportunities. We also have extensive laboratory facilities and a wide range of software and CAD tools.

Students who like Plextek and have done well in their placements are considered for permanent roles upon graduation.  We welcome individuals who are genuinely interested and switched-on by modern technology and who have a thirst for working on a wide variety of projects for diverse clients and industries.

Plextek has a training scheme to develop graduates, ensuring that experience is wide as well as deep across a range of technologies. Plextek supports professional training towards obtaining chartered status with the IET or other relevant institutions. In the longer term there are parallel paths for career progression at Plextek, so progress can be made in purely technical as well as project management and commercial roles.

Chris Lancaster, Graduate Software Engineer:

“Working at Plextek is helping me find my way through my career due to the wide variety of tasks that arise on a daily basis working for a consultancy. Every day I learn something new.”

Job Details

Job Reference Number: SWP20

Position: Full time, Paid

Placement: 2 Months

Location: Great Chesterford, near Cambridge

Nicholas Hill, Chief Executive Officer:

“Last summer we started accepting a small number of work experience placements for the first time. We hope to gain some insight into how to engage with sixth formers in an effective way without putting too much drain on internal resources. Next year I hope to put more formal arrangements in place with our local sixth form school.”

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