It is with a heavy heart that we wish farewell to one of our amazing Gap Year students, Kasim Zaman. Kasim is studying a degree in Engineering at the University of Huddersfield and took a gap year placement at Alco Valves Group working alongside the Engineering team. Some of his duties included creating general arrangement drawings, producing operation and maintenance manuals, creating, rendering 3D diagrams and creating test procedures and much more. We spent some time with Kasim on his last day at Alco to find out what he thought about Alco and his time with us.
What did enjoy at your time at Alco?
I enjoyed learning about how the company operates and all of the roles that people within the organisation do. I also enjoyed learning about all the different types of manufacturing that is done in house. Having learnt a lot about manufacturing at my time at University, I was somewhat unaware on what circumstances a certain machining process may be required, but having worked here I have now have some clarity. I enjoyed the whole open-office working environment where I was able to liaise with different department if ever there were any concerns about the work I was doing.
How do you think the placement has benefited you?
I feel like my one year at Alco has benefited me in many ways. First off, I believe my hunt for a job once I graduate will be a lot easier due to the experience gained here at Alco. I also feel that it has developed my character and attitude towards work. If I was to look back at how I was when I first started I would have never thought I’d be leaving Alco having learnt so much. Working in the engineering department for the entirety of the year has helped to better my knowledge in the whole field of engineering which I will definitely assist me in my final year at University. My time here at Alco won’t be forgotten either, as it will always be something I look back on in the future.
Would you recommend the Alco placement scheme to other potential gap year students?
Yes, definitely! Going to university and learning about engineering is one thing, but actually applying the theory in the real world is a totally different ball game. There’s also a great environment of supportive people who will help you to be the best you can be. The new facilities that we moved into early this year also make working here a lot more enjoyable. The people who work at Alco are also very delightful and kind which makes working day to day a lot easier.
Engineering Design Manager Chris Brookes also had some positive words when asked about Kasim. Kasim has been a dedicated member of the engineering department while at Alco Valves Group on work placement from Huddersfield University, and has been a pleasure to work with. The placement scheme has allowed Kasim to develop his skills, get a great insight into how the company runs on a day to day basis, especially the engineering department. I have no doubt the experience he has gained will benefit him going forward in his future career once he graduates. He has been a well-liked employee within the company and contributed to achieving on time delivery of customer documentation such as General Arrangement drawings and Installation, operation and maintenance manuals. Kasim has also been involved in the successful launch of the new company catalogue for the XC product range, and helped out on the shop floor to ensure valves are built on-time. We all wish him the best for the future.
Overall, Kasim was a very popular member of the Alco team during his time here and we wish him all the very best for his bright future. Thank you Kasim from all at Alco Valves Group.