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Nuclear & Power - Chemical, Process and Environmental Graduate Scheme (2019)

  • Job reference: GR-064
  • Sector: Energy, Environment, Nuclear, Renewables
  • Location: UK Wide

We are the team that engineer, deliver, manage and decommission nuclear facilities worldwide, using the latest technology solutions to ensure the lights stay on and the world remains a safe place.  Our power business has been delivering electrical, civil and structural engineering services to the global power sector for over 20 years. We’re now leaning into new energy challenges such as offshore generation and transmission, energy from waste, electric vehicle infrastructure and the integration of smart grid technology - helping to drive evolution in the power sector.  With an unwavering commitment to safety, quality and efficiency, we are well positioned to add value to today’s challenges of delivering the next generation of nuclear power plants while at the same time maintaining the existing generating fleet and safely decommissioning legacy facilities. We’re now looking to the future, working with Small Modular Reactor (SMR) developers to advance new designs and developing digital applications, such as virtual and augmented reality, for the nuclear industry.



What could I be doing?
We have opportunities for graduates across a range of our Nuclear & Power teams in the UK. From a Chemical, Process or Environmental background, you could be working in one of the following teams, here’s a little about what they do;

Whitehaven (Cumbria) - Our environmental teams in Bristol and Whitehaven work on radioactive waste management, radiological protection and UK nuclear environmental legislation across new build, generation and decommissioning markets in the nuclear industry. We provide solutions to our clients to ensure they safely manage radioactive waste, and protect their workers, the public and the environment from radiation exposure and contamination. We are instrumental in the delivery of environmental permit applications for nuclear new build operators and we utilise our UK regulatory requirement expertise to support nuclear reactor vendors through their Generic Design Applications. We also provide permitting support and advice for other types of sites. Some of our key clients include; Sellafield, EDF generation, NNB GenCo, Horizon Nuclear Power and Magnox. You will learn how workers, the public and the environment are kept safe in the nuclear industry, and apply your knowledge to recommending solutions in line with UK best practice and environmental legislation to make sure this happens. We are looking for candidates from an Environmental Science background ideally, or a Physics/Chemical/Chemistry background, with modules in the relevant field.

Epsom– Based in our Epsom office as a graduate process/radioactive waste consultant you would be based in our process team. You could be involved in designing systems for the latest reactor at Wylfa, providing solutions for how our clients manage, process and package their radioactive waste. We also provide expertise in supporting nuclear reactor vendor’s Generic Design Assessments. We’re looking for candidates who have a chemical engineering or nuclear related degree.

Glasgow - Based in either our Glasgow or Bellshill office you will likely have a process or mechanical engineering degree although other disciplines will be considered for the right candidate. Our team supports new build projects across a range of technologies including gas, biomass, WtE for both large scale and decentralised energy assets. We also assist our Clients in maintaining, and improving the performance of, their existing assets. We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic engineers who thrive on a varied technical challenge and want to play their part in changing the way we generate and use electricity and heat.

Warrington – As a graduate process engineer in the Energy Warrington office you could be working on an array of interesting and challenging projects both inside and outside of the nuclear industry. In the current team, we are working on projects in the oil & gas and semi-conductor industries in addition to nuclear submarines. Our portfolio of projects is ever adapting to the needs of our clients and will give you a diverse experience of process engineering. Some of the work we complete for our clients includes authoring technical specifications, carrying out feasibility studies, optioneering, tender evaluation and independent design review/verification. The team can also support clients in equipment selection and specification, fluid & particle dynamics, compressible/incompressible flows, plant optimisation and process review, energy mass balance calculations, hazard identification and assessments, safety system design, HAZOP chairs, front end and detailed design together with on-site support to name but a few.

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, power generation and renewables.
• Working in partnership with our clients to provide professional consultancy advice, helping them deliver their complex engineering programmes
• Reviewing and developing designs to improve plants, equipment, structures and Energy related systems
• Carrying out surveys and site inspections
• 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 degree discipline (please check each location for suitable degrees)
• You’ll have ambition, vision, enthusiasm and the drive to keep on developing your technical skills and achieve Chartered status.
• You’ll have a passion for working in a consultancy environment, you’ll want to work with customers both internally and externally and you’ll be adaptable and happy to cope with change.
• 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.
• You will have a flexible approach to mobility

Graduate Community

Having taken on a minimum of 250 graduates consistently every year for the past 5 years, with the aspiration of recruiting 500 graduates this year, Atkins prides itself on a strong graduate community, that gives our graduates a voice. To get a real feel for our graduate culture or learn about what makes life at Atkins so great – just select the handle from your favourite social media platform or take a look #insideatkins

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Benefits & Rewards

When you join our nuclear and power team, you’ll be empowered to be the professional you want to be, working on projects you feel proud of. You will be part of an international team, making a real difference to the world around you and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations. As you move through our structured development programme and experience the breadth of our expertise, you could take your career in any number of different directions, working on some of the most technically challenging projects of our generation. 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 attained
• 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, team building activities and more

For a full list of our benefits, please click here

How to apply
To apply for this role, please select the ‘apply’ button below.  If you would like to see more information about what the application process involves and some useful hints and tips click here

Our deadline for applications is Wednesday 02nd January 2019. However, due to the popularity of some of our programmes we may shut before this deadline, therefore to avoid disappointment we would advise applying as early as possible.

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 make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.


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