Job Title:  Student Placement - OpEx Engineer


Leicester, LEC, GB, LE49JQ

Business Unit:  Taylor Hobson
Posting Date:  Nov 2, 2023
Job Description: 




AMETEK is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced analytical, test and measurement instrumentation for the energy, aerospace, power, research, medical and industrial markets.


As a leading global provider of differentiated electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, AMETEK are proud to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges. Their strength comes from four key areas: Niche Market Focus, Growth Model, People and Culture, Performance.


  • Annual sales of over $6 billion with approximately 50% of sales outside U.S.
  • Distributed operating structure with ~18,500 colleagues in over 30 countries
  • Diverse set of niche markets and applications served
  • Core Values include Ethics and Integrity, Respect for the Individual, Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork and Social Responsibility


AMETEK is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AME) and a component of the S&P 500





Business Unit



Established in 1886, Taylor Hobson is the world leader in surface and form metrology and developed the first Roundness and Surface Finish measuring instruments.


We provide contact and non-contact measurement solutions for the most demanding applications on a global basis, with a worldwide infrastructure to support our clients; we are a truly global ultra-precision metrology company.


We are pioneers, continually developing our products to meet the ever-increasing demands of next generation technologies, particularly in Optics, Bearings, Space, Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and Renewable Energy technologies.


Taylor Hobson's world leading brands include: Talyrond®, Form Talysurf® PGI, Form Talysurf® i-Series, Surtronic®, LUPHOScan, Formalysurf® PGI Optics, Talyvel®, Autocollimators, Micro-Alignment Telescope and AMECare.


Taylor Hobson is part of the Ultra Precision Technologies Division of AMETEK, Inc. which is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately $5.5 billion.




We are looking for a full-time undergraduate Engineer in Mechanical, Engineering Management or related discipline to join our Operations team for a 12-month placement as an Operational Excellence Engineer.

This is a great opportunity for a person to learn and utilise Lean tools alongside the development of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

The work is varied, challenging, rewarding and includes exposure to our product design, production processes and business practices.



Key Responsibilities


  • Analysis of processes and data to identify improvement opportunities.
  • Progress our Lean initiatives by driving out wastes in our processes.
  • Use of a variety of continuous improvement (Lean) initiatives and projects including, root cause analysis, value stream mapping, Kaizen events and project management.
  • Develop tools to standardize workplace organisation & visual management.
  • Use creative problem solving to deliver quality improvements to achieve ‘Right First Time’ standards.
  • Optimise material flow, process flow, and layouts using Lean/Six Sigma principles.
  • Interface with the various department functions to ensure improvements are implemented and sustained.
  • Assist in the organisation and facilitation of meetings, workshops and events
  • Support key business projects.

Requirements for Consideration

  • Efficiency – Able to produce significant output with minimal wasted effort.
  • Honesty/Integrity – Does not cut corners ethically.  Earns trust and maintains confidence.  Does what is right.  Speaks plainly and truthfully.
  • Follow through on commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal costs.
  • Attention to detail – Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.
  • Flexibility/adaptability – adjusts quickly to change priority and conditions.  Copes effectively with complexity and change.
  • Enthusiasm – Exhibits passion and excitement over work.  Has a can-do attitude.
  • Worth Ethic – possess a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done.  Has a track record of working hard.
  • High standards – Expects personal performance to be nothing short of the best.
  • Listening skills – Lets others speak and seeks to understand their viewpoints.
  • Communication – speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being over verbose or talkative.
  • Teamwork – reaches out to peers and cooperates with managers to establish overall collaborative working relationship.
  • Experience using SolidWorks CAD/CAM
  • Working towards a minimum of a 2:1 in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Management
  • Geographically available to attend on site.
  • Confidence to work on your own initiative as well as being part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Be fluent in oral and written English.



What we offer you


  • Taylor Hobson offers a fun, relaxed, supportive working environment along with:
  • 1 pm Friday finish
  • Competitive salary and 28 days holiday including Easter & Christmas
  • Perkbox – Corporate discounts, GP service & 24-hour Employee Assistance Program
  • Active sports and social club including annual Christmas party and social events
  • Continuous training provided using world class manufacturing tools and equipment
  • Mentoring and guidance for accreditation
  • Free onsite parking and easy access to the city centre



AMETEK is committed to making a safer, sustainable, and more productive world a reality. We use differentiated technology solutions to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. We employ 18,500 colleagues, in 30 countries, that are grounded by our core values: Ethics and Integrity, Respect for the Individual, Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility. AMETEK is a leading global provider of industrial technology solutions serving a diverse set of attractive niche markets with annual sales over $6.0 billion. Traded publicly (NYSE:AME), we are a component of the S&P 500. Visit for more information.