Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Civil Structural Engineers 2022

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About Costain

Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, de-carbonising and delivering increased efficiency.

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Engineering tomorrow

Our vision is to be the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements.

We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

We have a number of exciting opportunities for join our leading-edge Graduate Programme for Civil Structural Engineer - The roles are based within different projects and locations in the UK for start from September 2022.

As our Graduate Civil & Structural Engineer you will be responsible for a key element or elements of design work on a project taking a significant role in technical delivery as well as managing aspects of time, cost and quality and will acquire technical, leadership and project management skills and experience.

About the project

Current key locations for these roles are: Manchester and Maidenhead

*On application for this role, please ensure you identify which areas of the country and county(s) you are applying for.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Preparing engineering design calculations, specifications and reports utilising emerging digital technology and in line with latest codes
  • Supporting the successful delivery of design projects in line with the contracted cost and programme
  • Communicating with other members of the project team & supply chain, often in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Coordinating the detailing and drawing requirements on the project
  • Developing designers' risk assessments
  • Identifying opportunities to improve the sustainability considerations in our projects including delivering low carbon solutions in our design processes
  • Seek to improve existing ways of working, by finding efficiencies in processes and automating design deliverables
  • Support Work Winning
  • Full engagement with the Costain professional development scheme to become a Chartered Engineer within 3-4 year period

Costain's Graduate Development Programme

The programme will focus on helping you to grow your personal and leadership skills, alongside business and of course, the technical skills you will learn day-to-day on the job.

The programme is delivered in a variety of formats throughout the 2 years and will allow you to establish a network of contacts that will help and support you through your first 2 years and beyond. We expect some of our graduates to rotate after a period of 8-12 months, to another project/sector of the business to fully understand the depth and breadth of the services offered by the company.

Our line managers are fully supportive of the Graduate Development Programme and will be involved in helping you along the way.

In addition to the programme, we offer mentoring and support in every area of work, as well as a structured training programme to enable graduates to work towards achieving Chartership.

Graduates may have the opportunity to work on a number of exciting and progressive projects around the UK during the 2-year period, in sectors including nuclear, highways, rail, water, airports and tunnels.

About you

  • You will have or expected to achieve a good result in a Civil or Structural Engineering degree accredited by the ICE or IStructE
  • MSc in a Civil or Structural Engineer degree preferred
  • Have experience working with Eurocodes and British Standards
  • Understanding of the CDM Regulations
  • Have passion for Costain's Carbon Net Zero targets
  • IT proficient
  • Able to work accurately and appreciate its importance to the team
  • A willingness to learn with appropriate instruction
  • Excel at building and maintaining positive relationships
  • The ability to thrive in pressured situations
  • The ability to empathise and communicate with all people, regardless of their background or circumstances
  • Excellent organisation, communication, and time management skills
  • Mobility to work on various projects over the 2-year programme throughout the UK


  • 25 days' annual leave plus an extra day if moving to a new house
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme
  • Season tickets 
  • Travel packages 

*Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will require you to produce your passport and/or right to work documentation.

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Job ID Number: req2051
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • Manchester and Maidenhead (Berkshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Civil
  • Structural

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