June 04, 2013
Great Plains is continuing to champion the cause of young engineers by recruiting a student every year from Harper Adams University College to its Sleaford-based engineering team.
Tom Williams, from Hertfordshire, who is just completing the third year of an agricultural engineering degree and is coming to the end of his placement, says the experience has been very valuable:
“It has been a brilliant year and I have been working on all sorts of projects, including designing assemblies for machines like the X-Press and the Great Plains field cultivator range.
“The experience I have gained has convinced me I would like to work with a machinery manufacturer like Great Plains in future”.
Another member of the team – French engineering student Clement Goirot, whose family farm at Langres in North East France – has impressed so much during his year’s placement that he has been offered a permanent position at the company.
He is in the third year of an agricultural engineering and design course at college in Nancy: “I have really enjoyed my time at Sleaford and am very happy to have the chance to stay on. I wanted to improve my range of experience, and working with Great Plains has helped me do that”.
As well as tackling design projects, he has also translated a range of technical documents – including the whole European product catalogue and price list – into French.