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Nuclear Energy- Graduate Mechanical 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.

We have opportunities for Mechanical Engineers to join our teams across the UK. 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 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) project; a fusion reactor which aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of delivering clean energy for the future.

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 Nuclear business you will work on a range of problems similar to the following examples:
  • Design work for major engineering projects from conception through to completion
  • Computer modelling work including shielding and reactor design (2D & 3D modelling)
  • Design and specification of modifications to plant and equipment to meet safety requirements or operational improvements
  • Life assessment reviews of existing plant and equipment to determine the effect of various degradation/failure mechanisms on their useful life
  • Assessment and design for decommissioning projects including design of both mechanical handling and transportation systems to facilitate the safe, and potentially remote, removal of radiated and contaminated items from the site
  • Liaison with clients and involvement in site commissioning
  • Development of Nuclear Safety Case documentation
  • Working with various engineering software packages, (Finite Element, Computational Fluid Dynamics etc)
  • Work in support of site licence applications for new build stations
Atkins Nuclear will support you personally in providing training & development opportunities to help drive forward your career progression and ensure that you possess the necessary skills to excel in your role.

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 at MEng level in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent) and have achieved Grade B or above in both Maths and Physics A-Levels (or equivalent).

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 IMechE, 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 market

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