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The tale of the first class industrial placement

22nd September 2016

In August 2015 we waved off industrial placement, Ketan Depala, as he returned for his final year at the University of Hertfordshire.  We were so impressed with Ketan’s performance and capabilities during his year here that we offered him a permanent role … which he’s accepted.  During his final year, Ketan undertook an industry-influencing dissertation that we were pleased to mentor him throughout.

Ketan Depala, who was studying Mechanical Engineering, joined SVM’s annual Industrial Placement Scheme in the summer of 2014 where he worked on a variety of projects.  We like to make sure our placements have the most rounded view of the industry as possible so they follow a carefully constructed programme, spending time in every team / department in the company, including CAD and the Energy Studio. It’s our responsibility to offer a fulfilling programme to each placement student, one where they can see how their studies are applied in practice whilst stretching their legs on projects a little outside their comfort zone.

Each placement student is partnered with a mentor who provides day-to-day support as well as more formal, monthly progress reviews.  Ketan was partnered with our Associate Director, Taariq Mauthoor, who heads up our Energy Studio; this proved to be a serendipitous partnership. Our placement students can also attend our structured programme of specialist, in-house CPD seminars to keep them informed of new ideas, market developments and technical innovations.

On his return to the University of Hertfordshire for his final year, Ketan embarked on his dissertation; ‘overheating in buildings under future climate conditions’.  Ketan says, “During my placement with SVM I worked with the Energy Studio team on a number of projects.  This is where I became interested in the performance of buildings under the impact of predicted climate change, which inspired my dissertation theme.”.

Taariq Mauthoor, head of the Energy Studio adds, “Ketan’s dissertation subject has crystallised some major issues, the outputs of which will be of mutual benefit to the wider building services industry and academia. When we heard that Ketan was awarded a 1st class honours for his work we were delighted for him.   And this project has consequently opened up a further field of study and research for future students.”

One year later and Ketan is settling in to a full-time role in the company. He is on our hot-housing scheme where we are training him in electrical, mechanical and energy performance engineering. Our experience of the way the market is evolving leads us to believe that soon a super-engineer, expert in all fields of building services performance and design, will enable us to best fulfil our clients briefs.

The application for our 2017/18 industrial placement position(s) will open in March 2017.


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