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Graduate Mechanical Engineer – Energy Transition


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About us

Assystem is at the leading edge of the generational challenge to develop and commercialise the technologies that will enable global net-zero targets to be achieved. Building on 50+ years of energy and infrastructure experience, Assystem’s Energy Transition team are creating innovative solutions that bring together the best of engineering know-how, academic research, new digital technologies and creative ideas from diverse teams. 

Assystem, more than 50 years of experience as an engineering company

Assystem is an international & independent engineering company, operating in 10 countries with 6,000 employees.

Today, our Energy Transition team are working on the first generation of commercial fusion power plants, developing new Hydrogen technology to displace carbon-based fuels, and supporting the deployment of large-scale renewable power onto the grid. 

Our Energy Transition team is expanding its diverse, creative and highly skilled team to develop the technical solutions that will make net zero a reality. Previous experience in a technical role in the fusion, hydrogen or renewables industry is highly desirable, however, transferable skills from related industries such as civil/ defence nuclear, oil and gas, and other safety critical industries, is valued. 

Main duties:

  • Work with project teams to provide engineering solutions and develop conceptual and detailed designs. 
  • Produce engineering calculations and analysis to support design activities.
  • Carry out feasibility and manufacturability assessments for novel technologies or materials, both of which are not uncommon in cutting edge projects in Transitional Energy. 
  • Present findings internally to Assystem teams and externally to Clients – this will require good communication and presentation skills.
  • Offer solutions to issues as they arise, don’t only report problems for others to solve if you can see a way forward – innovative thinking is highly encouraged at Assystem. 
  • Be able to work independently, and under instruction from the Lead Engineer. 
  • Work in accordance with the Assystem quality management system. 
  • Bring innovation to the calculations to improve quality, cost and delivery.
  • Comply with man-hour budgets for assigned tasks. 
  • Assist in proposal writing and other related bidding activities when required.

Skills & Experience

Essential skills and capabilities for the role are:

  • Minimum 2:1 BEng qualification in Engineering (eg Mechanical, Aerospace, Nuclear, Civil etc.) or Physics.
  • Excellent understanding of the STEM fundamentals (eg mechanics, fluids etc).
  • Strong interest in transitional energy such as fusion, nuclear, hydrogen and renewables
  • A methodological approach to problems and ability to learn new analytical methods within a time-constrained project environment.
  • Excellent organisational and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • Able to work in a digital environment TEAMS, MS Office etc.
  • Proactive nature, able to work on own initiative 

Desirable skills and capabilities for the role are:

  • Familiar with simulation software, eg FEA, CFD, MATLAB, MathCAD etc. 
  • Interest in the commercial aspects of transitional energy and new technologies
  • Knowledge and/or interest in coding and programming for automation of tasks (e.g. python). 
  • Evidence of beginning your journey to Chartership with a relevant accredited body (e.g. IMechE, Nuclear Institute, IET).

What you will gain by joining us:

  • High turnover of projects and customers in a range of industries, giving you a diverse and varied experience. 
  • Experience of working under pressure to deliver to cost, quality and timescales. You will have plenty of support, but you will be responsible and expected to deliver (and ask for help when you can’t).
  • Ability to move to different Assystem sites (and customer placements) if that is what you’d like to do.
  • Invaluable experience of learning from our technical specialists and subject matter experts, with a wide range of experience and skills. 

Assystem operates a flexible home and office working policy, with some travel to customer and other Assystem sites. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: August 19th, 2022
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Sunderland and Culham (Oxfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Energy/Renewables
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Nuclear
  • Physics
  • Process

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