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Graduate Structural Engineer

My client are a small, niche practice of architects and engineers specialising in historic structures and monuments. They have over twenty years of experience completing conservation projects of various shapes and sizes across the UK. The work is focused on restoration, and requires a high level of detail making sure that properties are made structurally solid yet restored in the right way and with the right materials. They are a multidisciplinary firm split between architects, structural engineers and civil engineers, offering clients a full service with a lot of knowledge and expertise in their area.

The practice was originally established in 1986 as a specialist historic structural firm. Their work is very varied and of the projects they have successfully completed are heritage sites of national importance. These include cathedrals, churches, stately homes, castles, ironworks, towers, mills, schools, suspension bridges, docks, viaducts, and gardens. The firm have an excellent reputation in the historic sector and have won many awards for the thoroughness, innovation and practical results they have achieved in their work.

I am currently recruiting for a graduate structural engineer to join the firm. The work is varied and offers a lot of opportunity to work on many different types of projects. A graduate structural engineer will work fully on projects end to end, everything from the initial site location surveys to the final summary report sent to client. With historic buildings the ways of building and materials can vary widely project to project, and research does form a significant part of the role. You will work alongside one or two senior engineers, supporting them on projects. It could be designing a new steel staircase and floor structure to fit inside a centuries old tin mine, research into Elizabethan walled gardens and the history of their structures or putting together options to a university as to possible future scenarios for a listed main hall and the costings associated with each, effectively advising on the best options and their advantages and disadvantages. You need to someone who can adapt to change and can manage conflicting work deadlines to ensure all projects are completed on time.

Work as a graduate structural engineer includes:

  • On site surveys across the United Kingdom, including scheduling, and taking into account any special considerations due to the properties location and nature. Includes input into main feasibility reports.
  • Structural assessment and condition reports. Reports need to have a high attention to detail and be able to explore considerations whilst still being technically accurate and impactful.
  • Research – Historic projects, including listed buildings and scheduled monuments, need to be carefully researched to investigate the most appropriate material options and ways of building. The research needs to be thorough and insightful, and the reports need to be presented in a clear way with recommendations as appropriate.
  • Design – Structural design work and production of drawings. Making sure that any stress calculations and other technical elements are correct and tested to ensure a long lasting building or monument.
  • Project documentation including summaries.
  • Keeping senior engineer leading on project up to date in an appropriate manner on progress within particular project, including documentation of work.
  • Working in collaboration with relevant architect and civil engineer within the practice as appropriate. Also working collaboratively with external partners.
  • Work directly with clients as appropriate. Able to work in a consultative way to best advise clients at all stages in a conservation project.
  • Supporting senior members of practice when making tenders for new projects. 

About you:

  • Master’s degree in civil or structural engineering. Minimum 2:2 overall grade achieved in bachelor’s degree.
  • An interest in or exposure to historic buildings and monuments is a big plus.
  • Familiar with the SPAB philosophy of repair.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary working with architects could be a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Able to think on your feet and take initiative.
  • A logical problem solver.
  • Able to prioritise and work to conflicting deadlines.
  • Practical nature and able to create workable solutions.
  • Hold a full UK driving licence.

In return the firm will sponsor towards further accreditation. Including sponsoring towards chartered engineer status and CARE accreditation.

Interested? Please send for consideration your CV and a cover letter explaining your motivation to apply. 

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