We offer a limited number of industrial placements for University Students in some of our departments. We offer excellent rates of pay and the opportunity to gain some varied and useful experience with a world leader in the design and manufacture of industrial mixers.
Current and Future Placements
There are currently no vacancies.
Here are some testimonials from past and present students who have worked with us.
Molly - Drawing Office
I am currently studying Product Design at the University of Leeds and opted to do an industry placement year to gain some experience in the field. I had previously had two weeks of work experience with Silverson Machines and therefore had a fair idea of the kind of work I would be doing in the Drawing Office. I worked on customer orders - forming a Bill of Materials, raising jobs and making any adaptations needed to fulfill the order requirements; this often led to modelling parts or machine assemblies, issuing new drawings or making updates to older ones. This all helped me to develop my skills in SolidWorks and learn how to use Syspro and AutoCad.
I was also given the opportunity to work on several projects such as assisting in the design process of a new Laboratory Machine and I was even able to spend six weeks working in the Fitting Section on the shop floor where I gained invaluable knowledge about the company's work as well as general engineering practices.
I enjoyed the experience a great deal as I was consistently being set challenging tasks which required me to keep building upon what I was learning. To be able see components and finished equipment being manufactured from the work I'd done was incredibly rewarding. I know that the experience I have gained will help me hugely during my final year at university.
James - Research & Development
I am studying Chemical Engineering at University of Birmingham and obtained a placement with Silverson due to their links with the University. My role was as a Research and Development Technician, working closely day-to-day with the Technical Manager and the Senior Design Engineer. My main project was to perform development testing on a new powder-liquid mixer.
I was given a timetable to complete the trials which required planning of the work over a six month period with agreed milestone dates, reporting progress at regular meetings between the Technical Manager, design engineers, sales team and drawing office. I was involved in the full development process from prototype testing through to product launch. This included contributing to development of the marketing material for the Flashmix machine including participation in a marketing video, trials at client sites and performing client presentations.
I also went on site with the Technical Manager for commissioning of a plant to be used for R&D by a global company. I worked in cooperation with a process control engineer to perform quality control checks for each of the different operations of the plant, and carried out calibration of load cells for product in the process vessel, and finally reviewed and signed off health and safety risk assessment for the plant – an L2 FAT and Risk Assessment.
Ellie - Technical Publications
I have been working in Silverson's Technical Publications department as Marketing and Media Assistant while completing an Art & Design Foundation Diploma and will be going on to study Graphic and Media Design at University of the Arts London in September.
I enjoy the fast-paced environment and responsibility for a wide range of projects such as designing posters, signage and other artwork used on-site and at exhibitions; preparing leaflets and other documentation packages; photography at events including an international training seminar and the opening of the new Apprentice Training School, and liaising with local and trade press.
I am currently filming and editing a series of application videos for use on the company's website and other platforms such as YouTube.
During my time here I have built my knowledge of the industry and the technology behind it, gaining skills in software including InDesign, Photoshop, and Final Cut Express, and the application of these in a commercial situation. It has been the perfect preparation for university.
Tomi - Research & Development
I'm doing an MEng in Chemical and Energy Engineering at University of Birmingham. Working at Silverson has been a great experience! Everyone has been approachable, friendly and keen to help me. At the beginning of the placement I worked on the project to develop and improve a new Powder/Liquid mixer, the FMX75. This included powder trials, data logging the performance of the machine and modifying the different parts of the machine.
It also included me setting off the fire alarm by mistake a number of times - consequently everyone having to stand outside during the coldest of winters!
After the FMX75 was fully developed I started a project on finding the ‘net positive suction head required’ on the FMX machines. It is a term used to describe the minimum liquid level required to ensure the machine is working properly. This involved research, developing my own trials, assembling the machine/equipment and analysing data.
Through working at Silverson I have developed many skills – putting theory into practice, learning how to use SolidWorks, data analysis, putting machines together and setting up trials to carry out research.