Nuclear & Power - Chemical and Process 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 could I be doing?
We have opportunities for undergraduates across a range of our Nuclear & Power teams in the UK. From a Chemical and Process background you could be working in one of the following teams, here’s a little about what they do:
Summer: Bristol and Warrington
Industrial Year: Bristol and Epsom
Bristol – As part of the process team in Bristol you could be involved in designing systems for the new reactor at Hinkley Point, specifying upgrades for existing reactors or wide variety of other projects. You may write system descriptions, technical specifications and be involved in multidiscipline teams delivering design optimisation. Right now, we are working on upgrades to a liquid carbon dioxide cooling system, detail design for a semiconductor plant, writing technical specifications for water treatment systems, and running projects to deliver solid waste processes and backup diesel generations systems. We are looking for candidates on track to achieve Master’s/MEng degree in Chemical or Process Engineering.
Epsom – Based in our Epsom office as an undergraduate process/radioactive waste placement student you would be based in our process team. You could be involved in designing systems for the latest reactor at Wylfa, providing solutions for how our clients manage, process and package their radioactive waste. We also provide expertise in supporting nuclear reactor vendor’s Generic Design Assessments. We’re looking for candidates who are on track to achieve a chemical engineering or nuclear related degree.
Warrington – As an undergraduate process engineer in the Energy Warrington office you could be working on an array of interesting and challenging projects both inside and outside of the nuclear industry. In the current team, we are working on projects in the oil & gas and semi-conductor industries in addition to nuclear submarines. Our portfolio of projects is ever adapting to the needs of our clients and will give you a diverse experience of process engineering. Some of the work we complete for our clients includes authoring technical specifications, carrying out feasibility studies, optioneering, tender evaluation and independent design review/verification. The team can also support clients in equipment selection and specification, fluid & particle dynamics, compressible/incompressible flows, plant optimisation and process review, energy mass balance calculations, hazard identification and assessments, safety system design, HAZOP chairs, front end and detailed design together with on-site support to name but a few.
You could also…
In addition to some of the responsibilities you can see above for specific locations, you could also be involved in:
• Supporting on some major projects across various areas of Energy from nuclear decommissioning, 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.
Who we’re looking for:
• You’ll be on track to achieve a 2.2 Masters/MEng degree in a relevant degree discipline (please check each location for suitable degrees)
• You’ll have ambition, vision, enthusiasm and the drive to keep on developing your technical skills
• You’ll have a passion for working in a consultancy environment, you’ll want to work with customers both internally and externally and you’ll be adaptable and happy to cope with change
• 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
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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.
Our benefits, to name a few, include
• dedicated support from your line manager who will create personalized objectives with you, so you can get the most out of your time with us to support you with your studies and beyond
• our top performing placement students have the opportunity to be nominated straight onto our Graduate Development Programme.