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Mechanical Engineers

  • Job reference: EN-002595
  • Sector: Energy
  • Location: Bristol
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Why not...

If you are a mechanical engineer with experience within the nuclear industry, and love the idea of joining our Plant Systems and Safety Team, then we are all waiting for you to join our team. You’ll enjoy working on technically challenging engineering projects and be able to solve complex problems, clearly communicating this solution to others.

If this sounds like a role for you, please read on to find out more.

The Role

A key aspect of our work within Plant Systems and Safety Mechanical Plant is to provide the nuclear safety justification for changes to the plant or operations at a power station. You should have experience of demonstrating and ensuring safety on engineering projects, as well as substantiating the functionality of systems or components.

Increasingly our work is also focussed on supporting new build projects and developing the safety arguments to support licensing, design and construction of new power stations. You’ll help to grow our technical capability to address a diverse range of problems in a safety critical environment.

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 Plant Systems and Safety Team works across numerous plant areas, each with different technical challenges. These include: lifting integrity, stress/loading assessments, pressure boundary analysis, heat transfer and nuclear safety assessments. Our engineers are expected to help define the problem, identifying an appropriate methodology and justifying the right solution(s). A strong mechanical engineering background is essential, as well as an aptitude to develop into new technical areas quickly.

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.

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.

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.

In addition to having 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 profession).
• 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.
• Commercial acumen.
• Some on-site or hands-on plant experience is desirable but not essential

Benefits and Additional Information

• Please refer to our website for full details of our benefits package, which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave. Flexible working options will be considered for this vacancy. Travel to other company sites may be necessary
• Successful candidates will be required to undergo a security vetting process and offers of employment will be subject to relevant security clearance being granted.

About Us

Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’. 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 status as a world leading engineering and design consultancy is reflected in the quality of life our people enjoy. The modern, flexible approach we take means ambitions, both at home and at work, can be fully realised.

Our Energy business has been operating for over four decades. You’ll be helping us to design complex new schemes, assure the longevity and integrity of existing infrastructure and deliver innovative consultancy advice to core clients, critical to the success of the global energy market.

The Energy business has a number of teams, working together, but with a distinct discipline focus. 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 future generating capacity, the continued safe operation of existing plant and decommissioning of plant that has reached its end of life.

Atkins develops individuals through a tailored portfolio of training and development courses designed to help successful candidates make the best of their abilities and talents.


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.

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