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As one of the world’s leading multi-discipline engineering consultancies, the Atkins Design & Engineering business works with both UK and International Clients to plan, design and enable some of the most challenging and complex building and infrastructure projects in the world.

The nature of the projects delivered by Design & Engineering is very varied. The Design & Engineering business are currently involved in projects including the design of the world’s largest airport, London’s Crossrail Project, the design of Defence facilities in the UK and the design of power stations. Most projects will see all of our engineering and architectural disciplines working together to deliver world class design and engineering services to our clients.

The Design & Engineering division of Atkins is split into two businesses – Engineering & Major Projects and Property & Design. The two divisions often work closely together, supporting each other on projects and sharing best practice. More information on the different Design & Engineering businesses and on Graduate opportunities available within each business is below.

Engineering & Major Projects:

As the name suggests, the Engineering & Major Projects business specialise in delivering the most challenging and complex building and infrastructure projects in the world. Having played an important role in the design of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues, the Engineering & Major Projects team are continuing to work with the organisers of the Games to develop the Olympic Park and secure the legacy of the Games.

Engineering & Major Project teams are also currently involved in major projects within the Aviation, Defence, Energy and Rail sectors.

The following practices within Engineering and Major Projects are recruiting graduates:

Engineering Technology (Structural and Mechanical Integrity)
Applicants should have a 2.1 or above MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering. The team specialises in advanced computer-based structural and dynamic analysis. Much of the work involves the use of finite element analysis software to predict the behaviour of civil, structural and mechanical hardware. Areas of expertise include; Stress Analysis, Structural Dynamics, Fatigue and Fracture Analysis, Thermal Analysis, Seismic engineering, Blast and Impact assessment and Wind Energy.

Building Design, Structures
Applicants should have a 2.1 or above MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering. The positions are based where the structural engineers are co-located with architects and building services engineers to provide a multi discipline design service on building projects. Projects may include; providing efficient high quality structural engineering design and working closely with design teams to produce creative designs against budget and deadline constraints.

Civil Infrastructure
Applicants should have a 2.1 or above MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering. Our Civil Engineering team work on a diverse range of projects in the UK and overseas including; Infrastructure design for a variety of schemes including; private developments, industrial premises and power stations.
  • Airport and airfield design
  • Marine design
  • Specialist blast and structure design
  • Heavy Civil Engineering design for industrial facilities and power stations

Building Services, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Applicants should have a 2:1 or above MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Building Services, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Graduates will work on a variety of building and infrastructure projects and activities including:
  • Preparing project design, assessment calculations, and drawings
  • Preparing reports
  • Preparing contract documents
  • Considering advising on improving sustainability within the built environment 
  • Checking drawings and calculations
  • Undertaking work on site such as building services system inspections and contract
  • supervision
  • Communicating with suppliers, clients, contractors, the public and other engineers within
  • Atkins
  • Analysing problems and developing innovative solutions

Property & Design:
Our Property and Design business (P&D) combines the best in engineering, surveying and architecture to provide a full suite of services to clients in the public and private sector. Whether they are designing iconic buildings or maintaining property portfolios, P&D prides itself in offering intelligent, sustainable solutions and unrivalled expertise.

Property & Design are looking for the following graduates:

Graduate Civil/Structural Engineer
Working as part of a team and reporting in to a Senior Engineer, you will work on a variety of projects including the design of schools, government buildings, railway stations, power stations and industrial facilities. Every project brings its own challenges and different duties but as a summary, Graduate Structural Engineers will be required to:
  • Provide efficient high quality structural engineering design 
  • Support Senior and Chartered Structural Engineers to complete projects to meet client requirements
  • Work closely with design teams to produce creative designs against budget and deadline constraints
Applicants should have a 2.1 or above MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering.

Graduate Building Surveyor
Working as part of a team and reporting to a Senior Building Surveyor you will work on a variety of construction related and property inspection/maintenance projects. Typical duties may include:
  • Undertaking building and site surveys
  • Compiling condition survey reports
  • Preparing access reports, energy performance certificates and other specialist surveys
  • Producing CAD drawings
  • Preparing project specifications and design drawings
  • Managing and updating project documents

We are seeking high-calibre graduates who enjoy a technical challenge and are client focussed. Applicants are required to have a 2:1 degree in a construction related discipline together with a sound understanding of the main Microsoft office packages.

Graduate Mechanical, Electrical and Building Services Engineer
Applicants should have a 2.1 or above MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Graduates within the Building Services team will work on a variety of projects and will soon find themselves taking responsibility for the end-to-end delivery of projects for clients within the public and private sector. Typical duties may include:
  • Preparing project design, assessment calculations, and drawings
  • Preparing reports
  • Preparing contract documents
  • Checking drawings and calculations
  • Undertaking work on site such as building services system inspections and contract
  • supervision
  • Communicating with suppliers, clients, contractors, the public and other engineers within
  • Atkins
  • Analysing problems and developing innovative solutions
The Individual – applies to all of the above vacancies:
  • The drive and self motivation to achieve chartered status and to continuously develop your technical & behavioural skills
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge in analysing problems and creating solutions
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively within multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on your own initiative
  • Flexible approach to work, and ability to prioritise and manage your time effectively
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to make correct judgements

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