Nuclear Engineering Graduate Development Programme

From working on solutions for sustainable energy security, to being responsible for powering the whole of the UK's Royal Navy nuclear submarine fleet, we want engineers looking for exceptional challenges to join us. Our Nuclear business is involved in truly unique work; where else could you experience major UK nuclear projects? Our reputation is built on a 50-year heritage in serving the naval and civil nuclear industries, but we’re focused on the future. The small modular reactor (SMR) project, for example, represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for UK nuclear companies to design, manufacture and build next generation reactors to meet the UK’s energy needs, and Rolls-Royce is leading the UK consortium.

The world needs the finest minds to work on innovative solutions to energy security and global defence – and for you, joining our structured graduate development programme could be the first step on an incredible career path.

The programme

Our graduate programme is designed to give you an immersive, hands-on experience. You’ll get first-class training and support, and learn from some of the most respected and highly qualified professionals in the field. Working on live projects, you’ll be exposed to the entire engineering lifecycle, problem-solving and designing integrated systems for optimal cost. As you develop, the challenges will increase in complexity and responsibility. This programme will see you combining on-the-job learning with training modules and project work. You’ll also get varied experience across the breadth of our Nuclear business, including attachments in both Submarines and Civil Nuclear. From this foundation, you can choose to become a specialist, or to broaden your skill base further in order to gain leadership experience.

What you’ll need

You’ll need a 2:1 minimum bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, to include Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Maths, Chemistry or Physics. Relevant degrees include Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Maths, Chemistry or Physics. You should have excellent communication skills, plenty of initiative and an inquisitive, resourceful approach – you’ll always be looking for new ways to make your mark. Because this is a rotational programme, we’ll need you to be flexible in terms of where you’re based.

Due to the nature of this work, we’re unable to employ anyone who doesn’t have the legal right to live and work in the UK. This role is subject to Full UK Security Clearance and if you have spent more than three months outside of the UK in the last five years (e.g. travelling, working, living), we might not be able to employ you.

What you’ll get

  • Competitive salary
  • Work towards professional accreditation/chartership of bodies such as NI, IMechE, IET, IoP or IChemE.
  • Bonus schemes
  • An organised trip to a dockyard to understand more about the submarines enterprise
  • A competitive pension
  • Leisure facilities and numerous sports societies and social activities

Who we are

Our high-performance, integrated power solutions are at the cutting edge of technology. From powering huge commercial vessels to nuclear submarines, supersonic fighter jets to highly efficient passenger planes, or rail locomotives to luxury yachts, we go above and beyond to create better. And it’s all thanks to our people. Whether they work in engineering or finance, manufacturing or project management, our 50,000-strong team work together to deliver excellence in the air, on land and at sea – to customers in 150 nations around the world.

Trusted to deliver excellence.

We recruit, select and develop our people on merit, irrespective of their race, colour, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other characteristic.




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