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Nuclear & Power - Civil and Structural Engineering Summer and Industrial Year Placements (2019)

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 you’ll be doing
We have opportunities for graduates across a range of our Energy teams in the UK.  From a Civil or Structural Engineering background, you could be working in one of the following teams, here’s a little about what they do;

Bristol – based here you could work across many aspects of the Energy market, including nuclear new build, generation or decommissioning, and renewables. We are looking for candidates who have studied civil or structural engineering at degree level, and are passionate about being part of key infrastructure projects. For example, you could find yourself working on some ground-breaking UK new build nuclear projects such as Hinkley Point C or Wylfa, or those further afield such as ITER in southern France.

Birmingham – Based here you will find yourself working on projects predominantly in the Power market carrying out Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and Design Assurance work for both National Grid and DNO’s. We also get involved in on-shore wind projects. The above work involves work largely in the high voltage Substation environment and in particular we do a significant amount of work on HV cable routing works in often challenging areas. Some of our current projects include Drakelow HV Substation Rationalisation works, Ninfield, Bolney & Richborough Substation (NEMO) & Dynamic Reactive Compensation works (all Design Assurance work). We’re looking for candidates who have a keen interest in civil feasibility, design and assessment.

Epsom - Based in our Epsom office as a civil or structural engineer, you will find yourself working on projects in the Nuclear and Power Market, carrying out design and assessment for new build projects as well as additions, modifications and repairs to existing assets. Some of our recent projects include Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm and Hinkley Point C as well as site based work at Sizewell.  We’re looking for candidates who have a keen interest in structural design and assessment.

Glasgow - Based in our Glasgow office as a civil or structural engineer, you will find yourself working primarily on projects in the Offshore Engineering and Power Generation markets. Some of our current projects include Asset Integrity work for BP and Repsol in the North Sea, Structural Design for the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm and Mechanical Integrity assessments for Power Stations in the UK and overseas.  We’re looking for candidates who have a keen interest in assessing integrity of aging plant, performing structural & mechanical design and analysis as well as working across the Energy sectors, e.g Oil & Gas, Power, Nuclear and Renewables.

Warrington and Whitehaven (Cumbria) - As a civil or structural engineer in our Warrington or Whitehaven office, you’ll be working primarily on Nuclear based projects across the Energy and Defence sectors. Our ever-expanding portfolio of clients you could be working for includes Urenco UK, Sellafield Ltd, EDF Energy, AWE and many more. We’re looking for candidates from civil and structural backgrounds who are enthusiastic and hardworking, with good interpersonal skills and an eagerness to learn and develop. 

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, new power generation and transmission, to offshore, wave and tidal energy
Reviewing and developing designs to improve plants, equipment, structures and Energy related systems
Carrying out surveys and site inspections, building strong client relationships
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 Master’s/MEng degree in Civil or Structural engineering.  

You’ll have ambition, vision, enthusiasm and the drive to keep on developing your technical skills and achieve Chartered status.  With a passion for working in a consultancy environment, you’ll want to work with customers and with teams who deliver to their customers and you’ll be adaptable and happy to cope with uncertainty.  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.

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 complete.
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 - check out our grad community page here

For a full list of our benefits, please click here 

How to apply
To apply for this role, please select the ‘apply now’ button below.  Full guidance on our application process can be found here

NB: 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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