The workplace

Real projects. Real responsibilities.

You’ll work alongside experienced engineers on live Dyson projects three days a week, throughout the four-year programme.

Your experience in the workplace forms an essential part of your Apprenticeship programme and have learning outcomes that must be met in order for you to progress through the programme.

Rotations

In years one and two, you’ll complete four rotations (two per year) in Dyson's engineering teams. These rotations will mainly take place in New Product Development teams or technology Research teams, which will give you a broad experience of the product development process. The engineering rotations will help you to consolidate your understanding of engineering fundamentals in practice. 

This rotation introduces you to the application of mechanical engineering theory, the development of core skills and the development of workplace behaviours to design consumer products. You may work in a different teams such as acoustics, fluid dynamics, structures, motors and test where you will apply your knowledge in different mechanical disciplines, but will meet the same overall learning outcomes.

One of the core disciplines (mechanical, software, or electronics) will be fulfilled from within a research team. The other two will be in a Global Engineering team.

Technical training for this rotation includes:

  • Computer aided design (CAD) training:
    • datum planes.
    • building and constraining sketches.
    • creating 3D shapes.
    • basics of assemblies.
  • Workshops:
    • health and safety induction to basic tools (pillar drills, belt sanders, hand tools etc.).
    • build of Dyson mechanism.

Learning outcomes for the mechanical rotation are:

  • Prototype parts using the resources available in RDD.
  • Apply or develop current test methods to test prototypes or production products.
  • Acquire data from testing using a range of data acquisition tools.
  • Analyse and Interpret results to inform developments to the design or test methods.
  • Summarise results and findings to senior stakeholder either verbally or in written format.

Where the mechanical rotation is carried out within a research team you'll also gain the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop knowledge and problem-solving skills to understand the research question that needs to be asked and to build a hypothesis.
  • Develop research aligned with the TRL process, contributing to TRL reviews. Understand how the TRL process feeds into the milestone process.
  • Conduct literature review as part of research project.
  • End of rotation poster; assessed to check work meets learning outcomes.
  • Logbook of learning maintained by student and collated at end of rotation.
  • End of rotation discussion of logbook with apprenticeship tutor and line manager.

This rotation introduces you to the application of engineering theory in relation to electronics design or testing, the development of core skills and the development of workplace behaviours to design consumer products. You may work in a different teams, such as power electronics, motors, electronics design and test. While these various teams have different electronics specialisms, the core knowledge gained will meet the same overall learning outcomes.

One of the core disciplines (mechanical, software, or electronics) will be fulfilled from within a research team. The other two will be in a Global Engineering team.

Technical training for this rotation includes:

  • Electronics induction:
    • electronics basics.
    • solder training.
    • introduction to circuit simulation.
    • introduction to schematic design and PCB layout.
    • using embedded software development kit.
  • Workshops:
    • health and safety.
    • introduction to electronics prototyping.
    • advanced solder training.

The learning outcomes for this rotation are:

  • Understand and modify/design circuits using schematics.
  • Simulate simple circuits.
  • Analyse datasheets to understand component behaviour.
  • Interpret circuit specifications and select appropriate parts.
  • Design and build circuits.
  • Conduct testing on circuits to known test method, interpret results and iterate the design.

Where the electronics rotation is carried out within a research team the student will also gain the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop knowledge and problem-solving skills to understand the research question that needs to be asked and to build a hypothesis.
  • Develop research aligned with the TRL process, contributing to TRL reviews. Understand how the TRL process feeds into the milestone process.
  • Conduct literature review as part of research project.
  • End of rotation poster; assessed to check work meets Learning Outcomes.
  • Logbook of learning maintained by student and collated at end of rotation.
  • End of rotation discussion of logbook with apprenticeship tutor and line manager.

This rotation introduces you to the application of software engineering theory, the development of core skills and the development of workplace behaviours to design consumer products. You'll also be introduced to the processes involved in software development. You may work in a different teams such as App design, Cloud, embedded software and Algorithms where you'll apply your knowledge in different software disciplines, but will meet the same overall learning outcomes.

One of the core disciplines (mechanical, software, or electronics) will be fulfilled from within a research team. The other two will be in a Global Engineering team.

Technical training is carried out in individual teams as it's unique to the programming language being used.

The learning outcomes for this rotation are:

  • Understand and work in an agile development framework to develop and deliver software.
  • Software development as a team - understand and apply tools and methods to collaborate as a team in the generation of code.
  • Learn and apply the basics of a programming language.
  • Structure code appropriately for the application. 

Where the software rotation is carried out within a research team the student will also gain the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop knowledge and problem-solving skills to understand the research question that needs to be asked and to build a hypothesis.
  • Develop research aligned with the TRL process, contributing to TRL reviews. Understand how the TRL process feeds into the milestone process.
  • Conduct literature review as part of research project.
  • End of rotation poster; assessed to check work meets Learning Outcomes.
  • Logbook of learning maintained by student and collated at end of rotation.
  • End of rotation discussion of logbook with apprenticeship tutor and line manager.

This rotation introduces you to the new product innovation process. It will allow you to apply your engineering theory (across various disciplines), develop their core skills and continue to develop workplace behaviours in the application of consumer product design. You may work in different category teams such as Floorcare or Personal Care, but will meet the same overall learning outcomes.

Technical training for this rotation includes:

  • Computer aided design (CAD) training:
    • assemblies.
    • drafting.

The Learning Outcomes for this rotation are:

  • Understand the NPI development process and how this integrates with the wider milestone process.
  • Modify, redesign or design parts/ assemblies/ or fixtures using Computer Aided Design (CAD).
  • Prototype parts using the resources available in RDD.
  • Develop new test methods to test prototypes or production products.
  • Acquire data from testing using a range of data acquisition tools, analyse and interpret results.
  • Summarise results and findings to senior stakeholders at design reviews.
  • End of rotation poster; assessed to check work meets Learning Outcomes.
  • Logbook of learning maintained by student and collated at end of rotation.
  • End of rotation discussion of logbook with apprenticeship tutor and line manager.
In year 3 and 4 you're supported to choose a workplace team that complements your academic specialism, where you'll apply the knowledge developed through your degree study. We'll work with you to find a team that suits your needs, skills and experience and also meets Dyson’s business need. 

From year 3, you're treated like a graduate that has joined the team, but that work part time. You'll work on current engineering challenges across multidisciplinary project teams. You'll own the performance of parts or systems.

Technical training is identified and delivered as required for the specific role that you're working in.

The learning outcomes for your final two years are:

  • Understand and generate requirements and specification taking account of any safety or compliance requirements.
  • Design and develop systems to meet a specification.
  • Design and develop test methods to evaluate the performance of a system or process, against a defined specification or requirement.
  • Assess how different systems within an engineering product or process interact and affect performance.
  • Manage the delivery of a project/system including the management of tasks and resources.
  • End of rotation poster; assessed to check work meets Learning Outcomes.
  • Logbook of learning maintained by student and collated at end of rotation.
  • End of rotation discussion of logbook with apprenticeship tutor and line manager.