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I am delighted that you are interested in joining our DENSO European Graduate Programme. We call it “IGNITE,” International Graduate Training for Engineers.
DENSO is such an amazing company, as you will soon find out, we have operations all over the world and employ around 130,000 people. Although our origins are in Japan we are truly global, providing our car-maker customers with world class technologies to support the new automotive age: comfortable, safe, connected vehicles with superior fuel economy.
Our engineers work tirelessly to push the boundaries of our products’ performance, they are never satisfied! Joining our European Engineering team will give you opportunities to work on cutting edge technologies, and our international organisation means you will soon find yourself collaborating with colleagues in our other engineering centres around the world. Many of our customers operate globally and so must we!
For us it’s all about collaboration, organisational understanding and building relationships based on trust. I look forward to hearing about your success as you start your journey into DENSO – it is truly a great organisation with unlimited opportunity and challenge.
My contact with DENSO started during my engineering degree; I had a six month internship in the Testing Department and also undertook my diploma thesis within the company. These gave me the opportunity to link my theoretical knowledge from university to practical situations. I joined a project team and could discover the different challenges during the different development phases of a vehicle air conditioning system.
After my degree I joined DENSO in the position of Test Engineer where I performed various tests on test benches and in the wind tunnel facility. I travelled to the customer development headquarters to discuss technical items, and I conducted test drives in the very frozen area of northern Sweden. During the test drives we could study the air conditioning system performance at minus 35 degree Celsius.
I then stepped into a new field, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulation. By investigating the phenomena inside an air conditioning unit, I could really deepen my understanding of fluid-and thermodynamics. Working for an automotive supplier company requires a deep technical understanding of our products. I am motivated by being able to acquire new knowledge and applying it to understanding to develop new products.
The good team spirit and collaboration within the engineering department is also a great motivator for me. I have really enjoyed working with colleagues from different cultures and countries, it’s a strong advantage of an international company like DENSO.
I joined DENSO on a manufacturing graduate programme and for me, one of the greatest opportunities that the programme provided was to experience working in a wide variety of different countries and cultures. DENSO has numerous sites and the training phase took me all across Europe visiting many countries for the first time. I was also fortunate enough to spend three months in Japan. That was certainly an intense three months but also an incredibly rich experience. I learned a lot in Japan and I still use much of it as a reference in my daily working life.
After completing the development phase of the programme I spent two years in Italy during my first assignment. My current assignment is at home in Spain as Assembly Process Quality Manager.
I found the programme extremely challenging, both personally and professionally, but it presents such a huge development opportunity that I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in a broad and culturally-rich work experience.
I was hired by DENSO after my graduation from my mechanical engineering degree, as a development engineer for components for hybrid and electric vehicles. My introduction was in the electric engineering department in the German site close to Munich, where I had my first contact with the customer – a major car manufacturer. After three months I was offered the great chance to go to Japan, to work in the development team in the global headquarters and find out more about the products I was dealing with at their “origin”.
This experience of supporting the team during the design phase of a challenging customer project gave me a deep insight into some key elements of DENSO‘s technology. This then allowed me to become the internal expert for the same product I handled in Japan when I returned to Germany and worked at the Aachen Engineering Centre. However, this was not the end of my journey. I am now back in Japan as an expatriate and I am contributing to the same customer project I had worked on as Technical Project Leader.
Working in different countries and teams has not only broadened my horizon a lot and helped me to create a great network throughout the organisation but has also been an incredible experience. Throughout all the steps I have taken so far I was constantly supported and promoted by my local and Japanese managers in Germany. I always felt that they were helping me to bring out the best in me by putting trust in my capabilities and challenging me to reach for higher goals.
I am really looking forward to all that’s still to come for me within DENSO!
The DENSO graduate scheme has given me the opportunity to work on a range of exciting projects in a friendly and supportive environment. I have had assignments in a number of departments in the UK, involving me in many projects already: building a diesel test rig, building a demo of our new technology onto a vehicle to show a customer, developing a database for the warranty team and even testing our systems on the customer’s camouflaged prototype vehicles in our test facilities. I have visited UK production locations of some of our customers, the car OEMs, and I’ve gained a real hands-on insight into their various engine systems.
As one concrete example, I had the opportunity to conduct some emissions systems benchmarking which allowed me to utilise measurement equipment in a new way, which was a great learning experience. A focus on accurate results meant we needed to give careful consideration to signal quality and measurement locations. As we refined our methods it was extremely satisfying when on later vehicles everything worked first time. The data I gathered will be used in future product planning.
DENSO is a company with strong values, the focus on quality and professionalism is apparent in all elements of our daily work. The commitment to people development can give graduates confidence to take up this great opportunity to apply their engineering specialist knowledge into the development of a real product.
The variety of work undertaken at DENSO keeps it interesting, and after a year and a half I am still excited for the future!
So, you are thinking about joining us, what does a career with DENSO offer you?
People development is at the heart of making things, better. We provide regular opportunities to review the development that you need and ensuring you receive it. That may be on the job (through assignments or coaching) or off the job, through training courses. In some countries there may also be the opportunity for you to pursue Chartered status in your engineering discipline.
After graduation from the Graduate Programme, we will support you to find your first permanent role, balancing your talents and specialism with our organisational needs. Thereafter, in a big company like ours, there are numerous ways you can develop further: into different engineering teams, to different countries, or into managing other engineers. These opportunities won’t fall into your lap, you’ll have to work for them, but that’s normal, isn’t it?
We evaluate the performance of everyone in DENSO on a regular basis. So after you’ve started with us with a competitive salary and benefits, if you perform well, we’ll ensure that you are rewarded for it.
There are opportunities all across DENSO to get involved in environmental projects and work with the local community. We believe in contributing to society (that’s our mission) so you can get involved in that too.
Our two-year graduate programme is designed for those who are just about to complete – of have recently completed – a degree in Engineering (automotive, electrical, electronic, mechanical, systems, software or mechatronic).
We look for graduates with the following attributes:
Analytical and problem solving skills,
Interest in long term development,
Continuous improvement mindset,
Persistence and perseverance,
Self-starter, with a drive to manage own tasks to deadlines
It could also be beneficial to your application if you have German and/or Italian language and good knowledge of CAD development and simulation software
It is a challenging programme, but we aim support your development through a blend of on the job and formal training and mentoring and, if appropriate, we’ll encourage you to achieve professional chartered status.
Our 24 month European Graduate Programme, is called “IGNITE,” our International Graduate Training for Engineers, and aims to spark your interest in the opportunities and challenges of engineering within DENSO.
Our programme is designed to give you a real insight into how we really develop our automotive products here in DENSO. We’ll give you chance to work on a daily basis within engineering teams on three assignments in different locations. Your assignments will be defined individually based on your engineering field.
Your assignments will aim to broaden your engineering competence, and at least one assignment will be at an overseas location.
We’re a Japanese company, so to help you to really understand our company culture, we’ll send you on a short (three month) assignment in our headquarters in Japan. Take the chance to grasp our company’s DNA at its origin and create a personal network with colleagues in the development teams inJapan, who you will continue to work with in your future career in our organisation.
You will not only be amazed by seeing how DENSO has brought “Monozukuri“ – the art of making things – to perfection when visiting one of the huge manufacturing plants or the DENSO training centre but also by the hospitality of your Japanese colleagues which will make that stay a truly unique experience.
Your individual assignments are supported by an induction and then with training sessions every three months or so as a group, so you can support each other!
We’ll give you workshops on project management, interpersonal and intercultural skills and quality management, as well as individual training to support you in your assignments.
In each assignment a local buddy will be at your side. He or she will be your counterpart for guidance and support. And of course, our HR team will be your source of constant support during the whole programme.
During your assignments you will be working as a full member of the team. So, your contribution matters! Because your work will be important, we will ask you to present the results of your work to your hosting department‘s manager at the end of each assignment.
Having successfully completed your three assignments you will celebrate your graduation from the programme. During your last assignment the company will be considering the right permanent job for you, matching organisational needs and your individual talent and thus being a great starting point for your career in engineering within DENSO.
Let’s have a closer look at the potential roles that you may take on after the programme:
As a Development Engineer for Power Train, Electric, Electronic, ICT or Thermal Products you will support the introduction of DENSO components and systems to our customer.
You will act as an interface between relevant internal parties and the customer, building really close relationships with all. In addition you will contribute to related commercial activities although those are predominately led by the sales team. Your responsibilities will range from innovative new product development to the maintenance of legacy projects.
As a mechanical Engineer in R&D for Thermal Products your role will be to conduct fundamental or applied research to improve, or generate new, products, components, systems or processes.
Your work focuses on research and development for internal projects as well as for collaborative Global or European projects with customers, industrial and academic partners. It will be your job to design, develop and standardize new concepts in our future business areas.
So, how about working on the future design of Heat Exchangers in Italy? Or developing innovative powertrain components in Germany?