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Senior Drilling Engineer

  • Job reference: EN-002259
  • Sector: Energy, Oil & Gas
  • Location: Aberdeen
Do you have Offshore structural analysis experience of drilling risers and conductors using software such as FLEXCOM? Are you looking for the career opportunity to progress to Principal level engineer? If so this could be the role for you!

The Role

Joining our Energy business in Aberdeen, you will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of drilling structures including riser analysis, subsea conductor and platform conductor analysis for clients in the North Sea and worldwide.

As well as supporting exploration drilling activities and conductor design, you will also provide day to day operational support to our client’s fixed assets many of which are operating in life extension, with well components, such as conductors, connectors, guides and guide frames, suffering degradation and wear. Developing innovative repair solutions is therefore a key part of this role. As part of the structural team, you may also contribute to or lead other aspects of structural integrity management including jacket and topsides analysis, inspection review and brownfield design.

As such we may consider someone from a broader structural engineering background with a strong interest in advanced analysis and a grounding in riser and conductor analysis, although a drilling specialist is preferred as the requirement is to lead work and support innovation.

You will generally be working in a small team led by a principal engineer, very experienced in drilling structures, and reporting through the structural team, discipline structure. There will be opportunities to get involved in and lead aspects of other projects involving structural integrity management and repair.

Atkins are looking to fill this role with a permanent team member.


The Person

Building and developing relationships is a key part of this role. You will be able to anticipate, interpret and deliver client requirements, thereby winning work from new and existing clients. In addition to building relationships with our clients, you will be able to work with other teams to develop cross-discipline capabilities, and have a co-operative and helpful attitude to colleagues and clients.

You will have the potential and desire to progress to Principal Engineer status and beyond. In addition to having the ability to cope with rapidly with challenging problems, and bringing a flexible approach to adapt to individual situations, other key requirements include:
  • Offshore structural analysis experience of drilling risers and conductors using software such as FLEXCOM (preferred) or ORCAFLEX
  • Technical understanding of environmental wave loading and/or vessel motions.
  • Proven success in delivering drilling structures projects against time, cost and quality objectives. 
  • Experience of managing small teams including carrying out performance reviews 
  • Engineering degree (honours or equivalent) in mechanical, structural, civil, naval architecture or equivalent discipline. 
  • Chartered Engineer or working towards Chartered status with a professional institution.
  • Self-motivated, positive, enthusiastic, reliable, consistent and mature approach to work – appropriate to delivering growth in the face of challenging market conditions. 
  • Willingness to develop a wide range of skills and flexibility to work on a variety of projects. 
  • It is desirable for the applicant to have offshore structural analysis experience of jackets, topsides, floating and subsea systems – particularly using SESAM software. Non-linear FEA experience in ABAQUS and USFOS and other comparable software packages is preferred. 
We recognise individual preferences for project management or technical delivery and we offer exciting and challenging careers in both areas.

Additional Information
  • This is an exciting time for Atkins, we are diversifying our portfolio to become a more global organisation, while also continuing to grow our services in the Energy sector in the UK. As part of a single Energy business, there will be opportunities to develop your skills and experience in the UK working across all our Energy clients and also for international travel as part of the global Energy business.
  • Atkins develops 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 and well as external training for all our staff. 
  • Flexible working will be considered for this role.
Reward & Benefits

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.

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