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Energy - Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme (2018)

We’re looking for the next generation of Mechanical Engineers to work on new power stations and innovative renewables concepts, extend the life of existing infrastructure and meet the world’s future energy needs.

Our Energy business has been pushing the engineering boundaries for over four decades, creating cleaner, safer and smarter energy. Join us and you will be helping us to design complex new schemes, assuring the longevity and integrity of existing infrastructure and delivering innovative solutions and consultancy advice to our core clients, all critical to the continuing success of our energy market.  Operating in a number of sectors our staff achieve great things to meet the evolving needs of global energy markets.  Overall, we all share the same mission - to improve lives through energy – one project and one day at a time.



Listen to what some of our graduates say about working in Energy 

What you’ll be doing
We have opportunities for graduates across a range of our Energy teams in the UK.  From a Mechanical Engineering related background, you could be working in one of the following teams, here’s a little about what they do:

Aberdeen –  based here you’ll be focused on projects primarily in the Oil and Gas market, as a graduate mechanical engineer you could be involved in; working with North Sea operators in supporting them in their brownfield modification projects and/or operational support work in their daily production.  This is a dynamic environment ensuring that code requirements, production efficiency and safe operations are maintained using innovative approaches to assets which, in some cases are 40 years old, operating efficiently and safely pushing your knowledge and capability to the full extent.

Bristol – Based in our Bristol office you’ll find yourself working on projects across the Nuclear, Defence and Nuclear Fusion markets. As well as various renewables markets (mainly offshore wind), Oil & Gas and other Atkins markets when required.  Some of our key projects include: Hinkley Point C; Wylfa Newydd; ITER; The Technical Support Alliance for EDF Energy Nuclear Generation; Magnox decommissioning and The Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind farm. Currently for this team we are now only seeking candidates from a materials, metallurgical or corrosion degree background.

Derby – As a trusted advisor to the UK nuclear market, we can’t always shout about the work we’re involved with, but you can expect to play your part in major projects, such as the design of nuclear fuel handling equipment, stress analysis on safety critical pressure vessels and supporting manufacture of nuclear plant components to name but a few. With capability in mechanical design and analysis, nuclear substantiation, nuclear safety case work and manufacturing consultancy, we provide technical expertise to major nuclear companies, the defence sector, and across the wider energy market, helping them to deliver innovative and successful projects.

Rotherham/Sheffield – Based in our Rotherham office you will focus primarily on advanced mechanical design projects across the Nuclear, Renewables, and Defence market. You will need to be from a Mechanical Engineering background, and be interested in solving unique design problems with logical well-reasoned solutions. If based out of Rotherham you may find yourself working on a range of projects, from Nuclear New Build projects such as ITER and Hinkley Point C, to Offshore Wind projects such as Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm. (please note this office is due to move to Sheffield next year, currently situated in Rotherham)

Warrington – Based in our Warrington office you’ll find yourself working on projects across the nuclear new build, enrichment, generation, decommissioning and defence markets. Our portfolio of projects is ever adapting according to the needs of our clients and will give you a diverse experience of mechanical engineering. Our client portfolio in nuclear currently includes URENCO and subsidiaries, Sellafield, EDF, Horizon, Rolls-Royce, Magnox and Hitachi. We also undertake projects in other Atkins markets, including Renewables, Oil& Gas, Aerospace and even Semiconductors depending on the demands of the business. For graduates in the Warrington office there are regular opportunities to undertake secondments to client’s sites, accelerating your development in the varied and exciting work. You’ll be willing to seek out and seize opportunities as they arise maximising your potential.

The Warrington office has an active and vibrant graduate community drawing from the surrounding area including Manchester and Liverpool. Graduates in the Warrington office are engaged in their own development and encouraged to give back to the local community via STEM events.

You will need to be from a Mechanical Engineering background, and be interested in solving unique design problems with well-reasoned solutions. We’d like you to join a team involved in some of the biggest and best nuclear projects around.


Whitehaven – Based in our Whitehaven office, you’ll be working primarily on unique and challenging Nuclear Decommissioning projects.  The ideal candidate will have an interest in static and dynamic mechanical loading and be passionate about digital innovation and how this can shape the engineering future. 

You could also…
In addition to some of the responsibilities you can see above for specific locations - As a graduate engineer, you could also be involved in:

  • Supporting on some major projects across various areas of Energy from nuclear decommissioning, new power generation and transmission, to offshore, wave and tidal energy
  • Reviewing and developing designs to improve plants, equipment, structures and Energy related systems
  • Carrying out surveys and site inspections, building strong client relationships
  • Using a variety of engineering software packages, as well as 2D and 3D modelling for new designs and modifications
  • Producing safety cases, reports and documentation to support the planning, design, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of Energy facilities
  • Carrying out design and assessment for new build projects as well as additions, modifications and repairs to existing assets
  • Attending graduate networks & forums to help shape our scheme & graduate community activities

Who we’re looking for
You’ll be a talented graduate with a minimum 2.2 Masters/MEng degree in a relevant Mechanical Engineering degree discipline. 

You’ll have ambition, vision, enthusiasm and the drive to keep on developing your technical skills and achieve Chartered status.  With a passion for working in a consultancy environment, you’ll want to work with customers and with teams who deliver to their customers and you’ll be adaptable and happy to cope with uncertainty.  Communication and team-working will be your key skills as well as having the ability to apply your technical knowledge to analyse problems and create innovative solutions.

Benefits & Rewards
If you join us you will be working on some of the most challenging engineering projects of our time, helping to shape the future of energy. You will have opportunities to work closely with clients, spending time within their organisations and taking learning from some of the most experienced engineers in the industry. Our 3-year flexible graduate scheme promises to give you the support you need to develop your technical, commercial and consultancy skills. Some of our benefits, to name a few, include:

  • A settling in payment of £2,500 when you join – paid within the first month
  • Continuous support and mentoring to achieve chartered status with your chosen institution, funded by Atkins.  With a chartership bonus of £2,500 once complete
  • A robust career development plan, including a library of core learning modules and on the job technical training
  • 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays, with the option to buy up to 15 additional days leave per year
  • 2 volunteer days per year for you to use for a cause that matters to you
  • Local graduate forums & a strong graduate network across all locations
  • Annual events, such as our 2-day graduate induction, ski trips, away weekends and team building activities

For a full list of our benefits, please refer to our website.

How to apply
This role is now closed. 2019 vacancies will be live in September 2018.

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