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Mechanical Engineer

  • Job reference: EN-002774
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear, Power
  • Location: Bristol
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Our growing team is looking for a talented Mechanical Engineer with nuclear experience, or experience in a safety critical industry. You’ll enjoy working on technically challenging engineering projects and be able to solve complex problems, clearly communicating solutions to others. You’ll enjoy working with others, sometimes directly at client sites, sometimes from our offices.
This role offers excellent opportunities for career development for the right candidate, at or nearing chartered status. If you have a passion for engineering and want to understand where a career with Atkins might lead, then we would like to hear from you.
The Team
As part of SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear & Power business, the Plant Systems and Safety team is made up of mechanical engineers and scientists who work across numerous mechanical engineering and nuclear safety projects. Within the nuclear industry, our engineers provide advice and support that is critical to continued safe operation of existing plant and decommissioning of plant that has reached its end of life. Following our recent major wins across the Nuclear New Build Market, SNC-Lavalin are also poised play a key role in the development of the design of the next generation of Nuclear Power stations.  You’ll help to grow our technical capability to address a diverse range of problems in a safety critical environment.
Whilst your office base will be in Bristol, flexibility in work location is important – from time to time our clients do call on our team to deliver work from their sites.
The Role
We work across numerous plant areas, each with different technical challenges, but with a focus on nuclear safety. These include nuclear safety assessments and justifications, lifting integrity, stress/loading assessments, and pressure boundary analysis. You’ll be expected to help define the problem, identify an appropriate methodology, and justify the right solution.
You’ll be helping us to develop the substantiation to support licensing, design and construction of new build projects; assure the longevity and integrity of existing infrastructure; and deliver innovative consultancy advice to key clients, critical to the success of the global energy market.
Our reputation is centred on delivering the right engineering solutions to our clients’ problems. We value the relationship we have with our client and would expect you to improve the engineering service we provide, and build close relationships with the client, founded on trust and delivery.

The Person
We are looking for people who relish technically challenging engineering projects. You should have the ability to solve complex problems and be able to clearly communicate this solution to others. A strong mechanical engineering background is essential, as well as an aptitude to develop into new technical areas quickly. You should have experience of demonstrating and ensuring safety on engineering projects, as well as substantiating the functionality of systems or components. 
You will be proactive and have excellent communication and presentation skills. You will also have a strong appreciation of the commercial aspects of consultancy, to identify project risks and to ensure mitigations are identified and in place. And you get satisfaction from building relationships, with clients and with colleagues.
Staff development and career progression is crucial to our business and we are therefore seeking highly motivated engineers that can help others to develop and achieve their potential. You will therefore have skills in (or an interest in undertaking) the leadership and development / mentoring of staff, and help to develop others by sharing your knowledge and experience.
Nuclear industry experience is highly desirable. In addition to this, or experience in a safety critical industry, you will be able to demonstrate the following:
• Honours Degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or related discipline (2:1 minimum).
• Chartered Engineer or in advanced stages of working towards chartership with the IMechE (or another engineering institution).
• Technical practitioner able to demonstrate sound engineering judgement and with extensive experience in using fundamental engineering skills.
• Proven record of delivering technically challenging projects.
• Able to produce and review/correct high quality technical reports.
• Motivated and driven to meet delivery/cost targets without compromising quality.
• Awareness of own technical limitations and using the help and support of others to deliver.
• An understanding of the commercial aspects of a consultancy business.
• Some on-site or hands-on plant experience is desirable but not essential.
• The ability to speak French, Japanese or Chinese would be an added bonus.
About Us
This is an exciting time for us – we are diversifying our portfolio to become a more global organisation, while also continuing to grow our services in the Nuclear and Power New Build sector in the UK. As part of a larger SNC Lavalin global business, there will be opportunities to develop your skills and experience in the UK working across all our clients and also for international travel.
Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women’. We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our commitment to staff development is underpinned by numerous stable and long-term framework agreements with key clients.
We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house as well as external training for all our staff.
This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.
If applying to this role please do not refer to (in conversation), or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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