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Hydraulic Modelling Graduate Programme 2021

Job/scheme locations: 
Thames Valley
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

What is the Hydraulic Modelling Graduate Pathway?
Are you an analytical problem solver that would relish the opportunity to build, maintain and run Hydraulic models for one of the largest utilities in the UK?
Thames Water are custodians of the environment, and we make sure 15 million customers receive top quality drinking water, and have their wastewater taken away each day.

Joining Thames Water as a Graduate Hydraulic Modeller, offers you a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives on a daily basis. You’ll gain lots of industry experience, on-the-job learning, training and development. You’ll get exposure to technical experts, senior leaders, and teams on the shop floor as you start your career as a Hydraulic Modeller.

The work you do will provide a vital contribution to: network planning activities, optimisation of existing assets (pumps, pipes, treatment works and reservoirs that serve our customer properties) and the design and build new capital schemes.

What could you be doing on the Hydraulic Modelling pathway?
You will join our Asset Management Team, predominantly based in Reading, on a two-year career pathway to become a network Hydraulic Modeller. Over these two years, you will gain the critical experiences needed to develop, maintain and utilise hydraulic models of our water network. You will be coached by a network of fellow Hydraulic Modellers, who will support you to build a solid knowledge of hydraulic modelling and use this to undertake studies to understand the optimal operation of our assets.

You will be working alongside a team of fellow network Hydraulic Modellers, reporting directly into a Lead Modeller. You will also spend time with colleagues in Operations and Capital Delivery. You will be joining a very busy and growing team, delivering clean water network modelling projects and studies. Your role will involve undertaking detailed network hydraulic modelling studies using industry-leading software packages. You will also have opportunities to engage with others working across the wider UK hydraulic modeling sector. Over the course of the two years as a hydraulic modelling graduate, we will equip you with the experiences required to enter a Hydraulic Modeller position within the team when you successfully complete the programme.

Your skills will be critical in driving improvements and informing decisions across the business. You will learn to use modelling techniques to develop innovative and efficient solutions and strategies required to meet our current and future customers’ needs.

Typical activities undertaken by a hydraulic modeller might include:

  • System capacity checks for individual developer enquiries for new property connections
  • System-wide strategic studies to assess our ability to meet demands in 5, 10 and 25 years’ time
  • Detailed investigations into the root cause of customer low pressure complaints
  • Analysis to size new pipework being installed under our substantial capital programme

This means that on a day to day basis, you will be:

  • Working with large data sets - collection and analysis of network and operational data
  • Building and assembling network models
  • Undertaking water flow and pressure surveys
  • Interrogating, calibrating and verifying models.
  • Collaborating with colleagues, engaging with stakeholders, influencing and informing colleagues and senior leadership on operational decisions.
  • Generating clear, concise reports to document and communicate your findings
  • Delivering excellent customer service and continuous improvement towards our strategic objectives

You will predominantly be based in Hampton or Reading and will be on a career pathway to becoming a lead hydraulic modeller for a water system. There will be an element of fieldwork; for example, to deploy monitoring equipment or loggers. As such, we are looking for graduates who are flexible and willing to travel across our operating area; from East London, throughout the Thames Valley to Swindon.

What can you expect from the Hydraulic Modelling Pathway?
All our graduates complete a 2-year core graduate development programme, with on-the-job placements and additional training and development. Throughout, you’ll have support from managers and mentors. The programme has several elements that support you starting confidently in our business and help you develop the knowledge, skills and experience required to succeed. You’ll be joining a network of graduates already in our business and will have all the support you need from day one. We review our programme each year, with core elements including:

  • Business and personal development modules
  • Health and safety training
  • A charity business challenge
  • Time to Give volunteering days
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring and buddying opportunities

Life after the Graduate Programme
Wherever you start in our business will give you a good grounding to develop and shape your career. At the end of your two year Hydraulic Modelling pathway, we expect you to take up a role as a Hydraulic Modeller in the team, with opportunities to progress to a Lead Modeller or people manager in the future. You may lead key projects or initiatives to improve our business and have the opportunity to work in other areas of our exciting business.

What kind of graduate are we looking for?
We are a diverse business and are looking for self-driven graduates who are confident stepping into new environments, and whose values reflect ours:

  • Reach higher, be better
  • Take care
  • Passionate about everything we do
  • Be respectful and value everyone
  • Be proud, be blue

We’re looking for go-getters with a passion to succeed. Our graduates enjoy influencing colleagues and sharing ideas and creativity. They thrive on working with others, respecting their views and valuing the diversity around them. They are humble and decent and treat others the way they’d like to be treated. They also hold great passion for the industry we work in and our future aspirations.

You’ll ideally have a degree graded at 2:2 or above, be thorough, analytical, good with computers and calculations and have a real interest in this field. It would be great if you have previous experience of hydraulic principles, GIS or network modelling software, but what you don’t know, we’ll teach you.
Graduates with STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees tend to be particularly well suited to our business, however we do accept applications from all degree disciplines.

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More about this vacancy

South East
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5