Diary of a 40-year-old placement student

Paul Whitehouse shares his experiences as a mature engineering placement student during his year-long industrial work placement at Moog Aircraft Group in his monthly diary blog.

Placement student Paul Whitehouse

August 2017

As Paul’s placement at Moog Aircraft Group comes to an end, he’s happy to provide the strongest possible endorsement for undertaking an industry internship...

Paul Whitehouse, Moog Intern

June/July 2017

Paul talks juggling commitments, his steepest learning curve to date and how different working in industry is from university life...

Paul Whitehouse, Moog Intern

May 2017

Back from the Moog team's nine-hour Ben Nevis hike, Paul talks recruiting interns, procedures and paperwork and professionalism in the workplace.

Moog Tewkesbury

April 2017

Paul's been involved in everything from planning new tests and approaching key milestones for current tests through to preparing his STEM group for their final project presentation and supporting recruitment of the next intake of placement students.


Paul Whitehouse and a colleague at Moog.

March 2017

Paul’s now reached the halfway point of his Moog work placement and has decided to stay within the commercial aircraft department for the rest of his time at the company.

Paul Whitehouse using a rig controller at Moog

February 2017

This month has seen a continuation of new challenges and experiences, as well as a return to more familiar work (albeit with its own particular challenges).

EDT’s Engineering Education Scheme

January 2017

Despite this entry spanning Moog’s Christmas/New Year shutdown, which has allowed Paul time for a spot of reflection (along with his fair share of festive indulgence), he still has plenty to report from either side of the holiday.


Paul Whitehouse a placement student at Moog

December 2016

The last four weeks have been a blur of deadlines, test results and report writing for Paul, bringing one thing firmly into focus; what you do on a placement really matters.


Paul Whitehouse.

November 2016

Going into his third month with the company, Paul’s started to feel more like a part of the team and has already been given the responsibility of running, monitoring and maintaining a large test rig.


Paul Whitehouse a placement student

October 2016

In the first of his monthly diaries Paul talks about his surprise in so few of his fellow students choosing to take a placement year, his pre-placement nerves and getting to grips with being the new guy at work…