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Water and Environment - Mechanical Engineer

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The Water & Environment (W&E) division of Atkins is concerned with the sustainable use of our land and water resources. We provide professional technical expertise to local, national and global markets across planning, master-planning, landscape and heritage, geotechnics and tunnelling, land remediation, waste management, water management and water utilities, environmental and sustainability management.

The following business areas are recruiting for Mechanical Engineers:

1. Water Operations (MEP)
2. Ground Engineering / Tunnelling

For more information on the kind of projects that the W&E division have been involved in please follow the link below and select the WATER, ENVIRONMENT, GROUND ENGINEERING or MARINE & COASTAL options.

As a Graduate joining the W&E business you will have the opportunity to contribute towards exciting projects from an early stage in your Atkins career. You will be given every opportunity to progress your career within your chosen discipline whilst working alongside some of the most respected Consultants and Engineers within the Water and Environment sectors.

If you know which of the Atkins W&E business areas you would like to work in then you will find details of each business’s 2014 vacancies below. Please make reference to your preferred business area within the Application Form.

If you aren’t sure which of the Atkins W&E businesses you want to work in, but you are sure that you want to work within the Water or Environment sector, then please use the application form to tell us about your career aspirations and the areas of your studies that have interested you. The Atkins Recruitment Team will then discuss your application with the appropriate W&E business areas.

The remainder of this document contains details of each business areas recruiting Mechanical Engineers for 2014. If you have any queries then please contact:

Water Operations - Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering (MEP)
Atkins is looking to recruit Graduate Mechanical & Process Engineers into the Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering (MEP) team, part of our Water Operations business. With offices across the UK we have opportunities in Bristol, Epsom and Peterborough. You would be joining a dynamic and highly motivated team to work alongside experienced staff on a range of projects.

What we do?

MEP works with water companies in the UK and overseas, supporting their capital and operational projects and programmes. In addition we work closely with other businesses within Atkins tapping into markets such as nuclear, highways and transport and government organisations providing a wide variety of engineering projects.

Our consultancy skills span the water cycle and management of the whole asset life cycle. Our staff are mainly engineers and scientists with capability in wastewater treatment, water treatment, sludge treatment, pumping stations, pipelines, electrical control systems, cooling water systems. The group can take a project from its earliest inception and master planning through to full construction support and commissioning supervision.

Our core business in the UK is heavily regulated and we work closely with our clients to help meet the demands placed on them to make it an efficient and effective industry, providing solutions steeped in value, technical excellence and class-leading health, safety and environmental leadership.


Candidates should hold or be expected to achieve a degree classification of 2.1 or above at undergraduate level in Mechanical or Process (eg chemical engineering) Engineering. Ideally the degree will be up to Masters level for Mechanical candidates to allow easy progression to chartership with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

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

Ground Engineering / Tunnelling - Mechanical Engineer
Atkins is looking to recruit a Mechanical Engineering based (or other numerate discipline) graduate to join our tunnel ventilation team to help us plan, design and enable tunnelling projects worldwide and ensure that our tunnels and underground structures are safe, comfortable and reliable.

What we do?

Tunnels and underground structures form an increasingly important part of modern day infrastructure that provides economic, societal and environmental benefits through the facilitation of the efficient and rapid movement of people below-ground in mass transit systems, high-speed rail lines and highway tunnels.

Our team works across a broad range of engineering disciplines and applies advanced analysis techniques, combined with practical design, operational and site experience. We provide support to clients throughout the project life cycle, from the planning and feasibility stages through to commissioning, operation, refurbishment and upgrade of tunnel infrastructure.

As an engineer in the tunnel ventilation team you will be involved in a range of projects requiring expertise in areas such as:
  • engineering design for fans and tunnel equipment,
  • aerodynamic analysis for trains and tunnel systems,
  • fluid mechanics and CFD for ventilation & fire modelling,
  • thermodynamics,
  • fire safety engineering and risk analysis.

We are looking for individuals with good technical and communication skills who have the willingness and aptitude to work as part of a team of engineers. Typically, our graduates should have a minimum degree classification of 2.1 or equivalent in Mechanical or Building Services Engineering or any other numerate discipline and possess the ability to communicate effectively and operate in a competitive and commercial environment.

You would be based in the Epsom tunnel ventilation team but there may be opportunities for secondments to associated project teams in the UK and overseas or for placements within specialist teams in the wider Atkins network.

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