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Trainee / Assistant Mechanical Engineer - Fluid Mechanics - CFD

  • Job reference: EN-002430
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Power
  • Location: Epsom
Are you looking for a career in Fluid Mechanics? This could be the role for you!

The Team

The Atkins Fluid Mechanics team provides engineering analysis related to fluid flows and heat transfer for a wide range of industries and applications, each with different technical challenges. These include projects in: oil and gas and nuclear safety (gas dispersion, fire modelling, explosion analysis, fire and gas detection), hydrodynamics and floating structures, heat transfer, hydraulics and open channel flows, wind loading and wind in the built environment, and many others. Our engineers help clients define the problem, identify an appropriate analysis methodology and justify that the solution(s) are physically accurate and robust. Team members require a mechanical engineering background with exposure to fluid mechanics and heat transfer, as well as an aptitude to develop into new technical areas quickly.

Our reputation is centred on delivering the right engineering solutions to our clients’ problems. We value the relationships we have with our clients: you will help to improve the engineering service we provide, and to build close relationships with the client, founded on trust and delivery.

The Role

The role is for a Mechanical Engineer, within the Epsom based Fluid Mechanics team. Typical activities would initially include:
  • Working in an engineering role on a range of projects, to obtain a working knowledge of the team’s methods, tools, and markets. This will include having an active input on the problem definition and solution methodology, model preparation and execution, analysis of the result to determine an engineering outcome, and delivery of this outcome to the client. 
  • Developing simulation analysis experience using general purpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and CFD blast software.
  • Alongside the technical delivery role, you will also expand into:
  • Developing commercial experience including project costing, bidding, project management and business development


The Person

We are looking for people who relish technically challenging engineering projects. You enjoy the challenge of understanding complex problems and breaking these down into manageable parts. You are able to clearly communicate the workflow and eventual solution to colleagues and clients.

You will be proactive and have excellent communication and presentation skills.

You will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Honours Degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or related discipline (2:1 minimum), with a solid grounding in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. 
  • Working towards chartership with the IMechE (or another engineering profession). 
  • Technical practitioner with sound engineering judgement and experience in using fundamental engineering skills. 
  • Able to produce 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 technical work.
  • Awareness of the commercial aspects of consultancy is desirable.
  • Experience with simulation engineering is desirable.
  • Some on-site or hands-on plant experience is desirable but not essential.
Additional Information
  • This vacancy will close on Friday 27th October.
  • Flexible working may be available for this role.
  • 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 a programme of in-house and external training for all of our staff. 
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. Flexible working options will be considered for this vacancy.

About Us

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing more than 18,000 people worldwide, including around 8,500 in the UK. We’re part of SNC-Lavalin, one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. We support public and private sector clients with the delivery of complex infrastructure projects, from upfront strategic advice to large, outcome-focused programme management. Whether it’s providing social and economic infrastructure to enable cities to flourish or the connectivity of people and places fuelled by technology and big data, Atkins helps achieve success.

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 Fluid Mechanics Team is made up of mechanical engineers and scientists who work across numerous mechanical engineering and safety projects.

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