Hi, I’m Juliette Goddard, currently on a three-month engineering placement at 4c Engineering during the summer before my fourth year at Heriot Watt university in Edinburgh, where I am a masters student on the Mechanical Engineering course. I applied for the internship in order to develop my design engineering skills and to see what an engineering consultancy really does, especially one like 4cE. I really wanted to get stuck into real engineering problems, and almost one month in I am really enjoying it.
The innovation at 4c Engineering is what drew me to them as an engineering company as well as their work in the energy industry but also their consumer product development such as their horse saddle project. Working in a smaller company that have a clear drive for meaningful projects is exactly the type of role I hope I will be working in after university. As I have found working with them, the range of work you can get involved with in a smaller company is great, from calculations to CNC cutting.
In my first week at 4cE I was introduced to the whole team and some of the big projects they are currently working on, as well as my main innovation development project. The atmosphere is great to work in, everyone supports each other and collaborates on problems. During the first few days I attended a masterclass run by MIT lecturer Blade Kotelly on innovation in the world today, carried out some MathCAD aerodynamic calculations for a project the team was working on and began to build up the methodology for my main project.
During the last two weeks I have had an amazing mix of work. I have gone on a site visit to a Scottish fish farm, helped calibrate and test the teams new 3D printer upgrade, led a brainstorming session, presented the project I am working on to the whole company and gathered and analysed feedback from the team to help carry the project onto the next stage of research, innovation and development. I have loved working in such a variety of areas, and I am amazed at how fast I am developing my technical design, business and practical knowledge and skills.
As well as the engineering side, as the company is based in Inverness, I get to explore the Highlands of Scotland as a bonus! I have visited the battlefield at Culloden, listened to some traditional Scottish music and best of all got to see wild dolphins off the coast of the Black Isle. Bring on the next two months!