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.
Where you’ll be based
Summer – Bristol, Derby, Sheffield, Whitehaven.
Industrial Year – Bristol, Derby, Epsom, Sheffield.
What you’ll be doing
We have opportunities for undergraduates across a range of our Nuclear & Power 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 here you’ll find yourself working on projects across the Nuclear, Defence, Nuclear Fusion, Oil & Gas, Renewables (mainly offshore wind) and other Atkins Energy 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 Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm. We are looking for candidates from a variety of degree disciplines including: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering to those with a Thermofluids, Building Services, Structural Integrity or Offshore Design specialism. You could work across one of the following teams:
Plant Systems and Safety: Supporting changes to the design and operation of nuclear power plant mechanical systems. Joining this team, you could be supporting clients with safety case development, hazard studies, engineering design and substantiation, remote operation development, and new build design assessments. We also consider candidates studying Chemical Engineering, Physics or other heavily mechanical focused degrees disciplines.
Design and Analysis: This group specialises on stress/structural analysis and complex mechanical/offshore design. Joining this team, you could be involved in supporting clients at various stages of the lifetime of a structure from initial design and detailed design to asset management and lifetime substantiation (including life extension/re-substantiation).
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, Defence and broader engineering markets. You will need to be from a Mechanical Engineering degree discipline background, and be interested in solving unique design problems with logical well-reasoned solutions. If based out of Sheffield you may find yourself working on a range of projects, from Nuclear New Build such as ITER and Hinkley Point C, to workstreams outside of the Nuclear & Power business such as moving bridges and mechanical handling projects.
Epsom - Based in our Epsom office you will find yourself in the Plant & Systems Engineering team. Working across our entire Nuclear Market (including new build, generation and decommissioning) our clients include EDF Energy, Horizon, Hitachi-GE and Magnox. We are looking for candidates who have a keen interest in mechanical equipment design and procurement, piping systems and project engineering. In addition, we have site teams based at both Sizewell B and Dungeness B with opportunities for secondments to these locations.
Whitehaven – Based in our Whitehaven office on the edge of the stunning Lake District World Heritage Site, you’ll be part of a forward thinking, highly innovative Mechanical team working at the cutting edge of digital design and pushing the standard norms of how engineering projects are delivered in the 21st Century. Working on some of the most complex and challenging decommissioning projects within the Nuclear industry from initial concept through to detailed design and delivery, you will find the work diverse, immersive and ultimately very rewarding. The ideal candidate will have an interest in static and dynamic mechanical loading and have a real passion for 3D digital innovation and 3D modelling with a vision for how this can shape the future of engineering.
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, new power generation and nuclear new build
• Working in partnership with our clients to provide professional consultancy advice, helping them deliver their complex engineering programmes
• 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
• 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 Mechanical Engineering degree discipline
• 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.