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Nuclear & Power - Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineering related background, you could be working in one of the following teams, here’s a little about what they do;

Bristol – Based in our Bristol office you’ll find yourself working on projects across the Nuclear, Defence and Nuclear Fusion markets. As well as various renewables markets (mainly offshore wind), Oil & Gas and other Atkins markets when required.  Some of our key projects include: Hinkley Point C; Wylfa Newydd; ITER; The Technical Support Alliance for EDF Energy Nuclear Generation; Magnox decommissioning and The Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind farm.  Based in our Bristol office, you could find yourself in one of the following teams:
Plant Systems and Safety: As a graduate engineer in this area, you will focus on nuclear mechanical system design and plant decision making. Joining this team, you could be supporting clients with safety case development, engineering design and substantiation, remote operation development, and new build design assessments.

Design and Analysis:  This team concentrates on stress / structural analysis and complex mechanical / offshore design. Joining this team, you could be involved in supporting clients from initial concept design, detailed design to asset management and lifetime substantiation (including life extension / re-substantiation). we are looking for candidates who have studied mechanical (or heavily mechanical focused) engineering degrees. But are also looking for Graduates with structural integrity, materials or offshore design specialisms.

Ventilation and Air Conditioning: The HVAC team is part of the Systems & Environment group and concentrates on the systems that manage environmental hazards within buildings and structures. Joining this specialist team, you could be involved with analysis of hazards and the design of mechanical services across a wide variety of projects. The HVAC team are looking for candidates with a Mechanical Engineering degree, but also graduates with Thermofluids or Building Services specialisms.  

Derby – As a trusted advisor to the UK nuclear market, we can’t always shout about the work we’re involved with, but you can expect to play your part in major projects, such as the design of nuclear fuel handling equipment, stress analysis on safety critical pressure vessels and supporting manufacture of nuclear plant components to name but a few. With capability in mechanical design and analysis, nuclear substantiation, nuclear safety case work and manufacturing consultancy, we provide technical expertise to major nuclear companies, the defence sector, and across the wider energy market, helping them to deliver innovative and successful projects.

Sheffield – Based in our Sheffield office you will focus primarily on advanced mechanical design projects across the Nuclear, Renewables, and Defence market. You will need to be from a Mechanical Engineering background, and be interested in solving unique design problems with logical well-reasoned solutions. If based out of Rotherham you may find yourself working on a range of projects, from Nuclear New Build projects such as ITER and Hinkley Point C, to Offshore Wind projects such as Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm.

Epsom - Based in our Epsom office you could find yourself in the Advanced Mechanical Engineering Team.  Working in our Nuclear Market, some of our recent projects include: Prelude FLNG, Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm, Hinckley Point C, Sizewell and Beatrice Wind Farm.  We are looking for candidates who have a keen interest in either Mechanical Equipment design, Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer.

Glasgow – Based in our Glasgow or Bellshill office you’ll 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 all of the various energy sectors.
Warrington – Based in our Warrington office you’ll gain experience on a wide range of nuclear projects for clients of all different backgrounds and capabilities. You will have the chance to work collaboratively with more experienced, senior engineers, giving you the greatest opportunity to develop and progress your career. We are looking for candidates with a mechanical background who want to be part of a team involved in some of the biggest and best nuclear projects around.

Whitehaven – Based in our Whitehaven office, you’ll be working primarily on unique and challenging Nuclear Decommissioning projects.  The ideal candidate will have an interest in static and dynamic mechanical loading and be passionate about digital innovation and how this can shape the engineering future.  

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 Masters/MEng degree in a relevant Mechanical Engineering degree discipline.  

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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