Product Development Industrial Placement

Aycliffe, Durham
05 Dec 2017
31 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Industrial Placement
Full Time

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.

3M has a long-standing reputation as a company committed to innovation.  We provide the freedom to explore and encourage curiosity and creativity.  We gain new insight from diverse thinking, and take risks on new ideas.

Here, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter.


Job Description:

3M is seeking a Product Development Engineer IP for the Safety and Graphics Business located in Aycliffe, Durham. Ready to be part of what's next?

Basic Salary: £18,000

Key Benefits Include:

• 25 days paid annual holiday, plus Bank Holidays.

• Contributory Stakeholder Pension Scheme

• Discount on 3M products

• Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes

• Employee Assistance Programme

Overall Mission

Working within a busy product development environment, the successful candidate will be in our Personal Safety Division; focused on providing personal protective products (respiratory) for a global market.

Key Responsibilities:

Students are likely to be involved in the following activities:

•Ownership of a design project around modification of an existing platform or investigation or alternative concepts.
•Plan, execute and complete prioritised product development programs of major importance to our European PSD business, within agreed timelines
•Understand key product quality characteristics in line with customer requirements (global markets) as well as competitive advantage
•Develop an extensive understanding of PSD Market related technologies, applications and key market segments in order to anticipate and recommend significant future new product opportunities
•General development tasks in support of the development teams across portfolios.
•Researching critical product performance technologies
•Generating and analysing product performance data
•Maintain a flow of significant technical contributions, such as, material / product / process innovations, that lead to successful invention submission, patent publications and commercialisation of proprietary products
•Review, analyse and initiate resolution of product performance


•Right to live and work in the UK

For UK education:

•Predicted a minimum 2:1 degree in an engineering-related degree (preferably Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Product Design Engineering, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering)
•300 UCAS points at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) including at least one STEM subject

For EU education:

•Predicted successful master degree in Engineering (preferably Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Product Design Engineering, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, General Engineering)
•Minimum of 12.5/20 average score in all years

Preferred but not essential:

•Valid EU driving license

Personal Attributes:

•Self-motivated and reliant
•Ability to take responsibility
•Good verbal and written English communication skills
•Able to communicate with people of all levels, across functions and externally
•Great practical/technical skills
•Ability/Willingness to learn quickly, expand knowledge/skill
•Innovative and creative
•Strong organisational skills
•Versatile and agile; comfortable with ambiguity
•Managing within a complex Matrix environment
•Awareness of product design
•Sound working knowledge of Microsoft software applications


•Knowledge of polymers
•Knowledge of non-woven materials
•Knowledge of electronics
•Knowledge of 3D CAD, Modelling and Ergonomics

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing.

With $32 billion in sales, 3M employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3,000 people across 17 locations, including 10 manufacturing sites.

Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents, passport readers and imaging systems.

For more information, visit or follow @3M_UK on Twitter.

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Working at 3M

Unleash your potential.

Our success depends on the energy of our employees and the high quality of their leadership. Most of all it depends on their continuous improvement.

Move forward.

From sales to manufacturing to marketing to engineering, if you're committed to expanding your knowledge and gaining leading-edge skills, this is the place to do it. Professional development at 3M includes excellent training, continuing educational support, mentorship from smart, experienced people and more.

Move up - or move in new directions.

You'll find a strong promote-from-within culture here; it's an important aspect of our emphasis on learning and professional growth. You may also move between business units or even, potentially, to different locations around the world. That's one of the many advantages of our diverse business model and global reach.

Additional Information

Comprehensive on-the-job training and support will be provided to ensure that you are equipped for your current role and future career direction.

Please note – the closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Employment Statement

Apply now for this exciting opportunity with 3M. 3M is an equal opportunity employer.


Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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