An overview of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme
Industrial Training refers to work experience that is relevant to professional development prior to graduation. One of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Engineering or Science is that students must complete at least 24 weeks of Industrial Training. Industrial Training is normally accumulated during the semester breaks at the end of the second, third or fourth year. For Engineering Faculty students 24 weeks as SIWES during the 2nd semester of 400L and long vacation.
The Board of Engineers (COREN), which is the organisation that accredits engineering programs parallel with NUC, strongly advocates that an industrial training experience attachment of at least 24 weeks duration is included in all engineering undergraduate degree programs.
Students should note that Industrial Training is an essential component in the development of the practical and professional skills required of an Engineer and an aid to prospective employment. Many employers regard this period as a chance to vet new employees for future employment.
All students should make considerable effort and give sufficient thought into obtaining the most relevant and effective Industrial Training. Whilst difficult, it is desirable to obtain experience in a range of activities, such as e.g. design office, laboratory and on-site situations. It should also be noted that developing an awareness of general workplace behaviour and interpersonal skills are important objectives of the Industrial Training experience.
All students who are registered for a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in NTNU are required to undergo ‘Industrial Training Attachment’ for a period of 24 weeks during Year 4 2nd Semester.
Industrial Training Objectives
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
The industry exposure enhances your work life through added enthusiasm and commitment; provides a lifelong learning experience; is an opportunity to engage with the profession to which they aspire in a realistic work environment; appreciate and understand the practical application of your academic program; work with professional mentors and to begin to build networks within their profession.
Obtaining Industrial Placement
One academic staff from each engineering discipline (Petroleum and Gas, Electrical-Electronics, and Civil Engineering) has been appointed as Adviser for Industrial Training. Contact her/him to request a letter from the University confirming that you are a student of NTNU, and supporting your efforts to find an industrial placement.
It is the responsibility of each student to obtain her/his own industrial placement.
The Adviser might assist you with a list of possible contacts within the industry.
If you have any doubts or questions about a proposed employment, you should consult the Adviser for Industrial Training in your discipline. You may also consult other academic staff on the availability of Industrial Training.
Students who wish to pursue their Industrial Training interstate, or overseas are strongly encouraged to do so, provided they have sufficient information regarding the proposed nature of the work.
Your attempts to obtain industrial experience are part of the training; use your initiative and document how you have gained each employment in your report.
Industrial Training Objectives
In order for a work period to be counted as part of Industrial Training, the proposed employment must be approved by the Faculty/University (through the respective Adviser) prior to commencement of work.
Approval will NOT be automatically granted. A student may be required to submit further supporting information for the intended employment to be approved.
Retrospective approvals may not be granted. Fresh approvals should be sought for each different period of Industrial Training.
Once an Industrial Training program is agreed upon, a student will be registered with the Faculty. The students are reminded that unregistered placement will be nullified.
You can always communicate with the Adviser using the normal e-mail or telephone while you are employed overseas. Overseas experience is often viewed favourably by employers when seeking permanent full time employment after graduation.
Industrial Training Visit by the Industrial Training Adviser
The objective of the Advisers visit to the training place is as follows: