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Nuclear Energy- Graduate Civil Engineer

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Global energy markets and requirements are constantly evolving, and here at Atkins we plan, design and enable major projects across the Nuclear Energy sector. Atkins Nuclear is focused at providing our clients with multi-skilled support to successfully discharge their nuclear new build, decommissioning, waste management and ongoing operational responsibilities.

In your new role you will help support our exciting and expanding workload in one of our three core businesses; Generation, New Build and Decommissioning.

Atkins’ Decommissioning business is focused on supporting our clients with the challenges associated with nuclear decommissioning, waste management and environmental remediation responsibilities. We are currently involved in a project to transfer intermediate level waste products into long term containment vessels for Magnox.

Our Generation business is part of a key strategic alliance with EDF Energy, providing technical and project management support to maintain the generation of power across their ageing fleet. Atkins specialises in taking on the most challenging engineering projects and with the recent Earthquake in Japan, we have a pivotal role in EDF Energy’s Japanese Emergency Response programme, helping to ensure that the existing fleet of reactors are more resilient to extreme events.

Our New Build business is currently focussed on providing support to developers, operators, vendors and regulators to help deliver the next generation of nuclear power stations. We are currently providing technical support to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER); a fusion reactor which aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of delivering clean energy for the future.

Responsibilities
Working for Atkins Nuclear, you will be involved in solving real problems from day one, with exposure to some of the most demanding projects in the UK and internationally.

We encourage vision, problem-solving, ambition, enthusiasm and drive. We recognise that people are the key to our success and our graduates are the future of our business. We therefore ensure that we provide our graduates with a varied workload and encourage them to extend themselves in order to reach their potential.

Atkins Nuclear work on a wide range of projects based across our UK office locations. As part of the Atkins Nuclear you will work on a range of problems similar to the following examples:
  • Understanding the specific and unique requirements for nuclear safety related buildings and structures, and providing robust design and engineering substantiation.
  • Designing new buildings and structures.
  • Analysing and assessing existing buildings and structures using current design codes and techniques.
  • Understanding and assessing the behaviour of structures under extreme loading e.g. earthquakes, wind, tornadoes, snow, blast, impact.
  • Assessing existing buildings and structures for new loading conditions or with significant modifications.
  • Designing modifications and strengthening measures where required.
  • Checking the effects of ageing and degradation on long term structural performance.
  • On site experience including surveys and structural inspections.
Requirements
We are looking for individuals that have the ability to think laterally and possess a sound understanding of engineering principles. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to build and develop relationships, both internally and externally.

Candidates should hold or be expected to achieve a degree classification of 2.1 or above (or equivalent) at MEng level in Civil or Structural Engineering and have achieved Grade B or above in both Maths and Physics A-Levels.

Using the information given in this job description please provide us with any information on relevant degree modules when completing the application form.

Successful candidates will be eligible to join our Graduate Development Programme with a view to becoming Chartered with the ICE or IStructE, and therefore their degree must be accredited by the relevant professional body.

The Individual
Strong candidates will have:
  • The ability to lead and to work as part of a team
  • The drive and self motivation to achieve Chartered status and to continuously develop your technical & behavioural skills
  • The ability to apply technical knowledge in analysing problems and creating solutions
  • The aptitude to work on your own initiative
  • A questioning/challenging approach
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to make correct judgements
  • The ability to work and communicate effectively within multidisciplinary teams
  • A commercial and client focused approach
  • Flexibility with respect to travel and working location in the UK Nuclear/Energy

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