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Graduate Mechanical Engineer


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As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are 3,300 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics. 

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Job Description

Do you want to design a machine to detect 50-micron holes at 3000 bottles an hour? How do we make an autoinjector safely deliver drugs at home with a range of viscosities? Does the idea of making sustainable packaging with a 40-tonne press excite you?

We apply engineering to solve real world commercial challenges

We work with scientists, designers and engineers of all backgrounds to take concept to reality. Our multi-disciplinary teams specialise in developing innovative solutions to hard problems, taking early-stage concepts through to launched products and new-to-world automation.

The mechanical engineering team at PA use their core engineering knowledge to help ask the right questions at every stage of the development process:

  • We work with scientists to understand the fundamental of any new problem. Together we prototype, characterise and explore technologies and processes
  • By collaborating with designers and human factors experts we can pin down the form and function of new products
  • Engineers of all disciplines – mechanical, electronic, software (and some in between!) – will come together to design, test, and build new products and systems
  • We use our industry knowledge to inform future technical strategies for clients and work with others in PA to provide clients with wider business solutions

The range of work performed at the Global Innovation and Technology Centre is broad and ever-changing. You might:

  • Develop a new food safe material that can survive being submerged
  • Assemble prototype test rigs to prove a new process is possible
  • Observe user interactions with a product to ensure it is intuitive
  • Capture high speed video of fine sprays to characterise nozzle performance

If you’re an engineer who loves to solve real-world problems, we’d love to meet you

The Mechanical Engineering group is looking for a graduate engineers with a willingness to learn and get involved in a diverse range of projects. You should combine a strong theoretical and experimental background, with an enthusiasm for complex real-world technical problems and most importantly, love to get stuck in! 

This role will start in September 2022.


You should be:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or similar
  • Able to demonstrate a creative approach to problem solving
  • Excited to learn and apply new technical skills and rapidly acquire domain expertise
  • Comfortable with hands on work in both a workshop and lab setting

In addition, the following will also be beneficial but not essential:

  • Practical industry experience in an engineering, development or scientific role
  • A master’s degree in mechanical engineering or similar
  • A desire to continue developing engineering skills
  • Proficiency in 3D CAD systems; preferably SolidWorks

This is an exciting opportunity to apply engineering in situations which will ultimately lead to real-world innovation.

Additional Information

  • Private medical insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • 25 days' annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and Income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
  • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • Melbourn, Cambridgeshire.
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

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