Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Rail Fire Engineer

Various UK locations. Multiple vacancies.

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About the Role:

At WSP, there’s nothing we love more than pushing boundaries. Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that's cleaner, greener and safer. Join us and you’ll be part of an organisation that takes pride in its people and purpose: creating long-lasting solutions to meet the needs of generations to come.  

A wide range of benefits...

Mel Clark, Recruitment and Development Manager, reveals what WSP's comprehensive benefits package includes. To watch the full Gradcracker/WSP webinar, click here.

Fire Engineering is an integral part of developing all Infrastructure designs.  At WSP we are looking for people to join our high performing, dynamic and enthusiastic Railways Fire Engineering Team.

The WSP Rail Fire Engineering Team; with a supportive leadership, is made up of individuals with all levels of experience and are based in multiple locations. As a very collaborative, cooperative one team approach we collectively have extensive knowledge in fire safety engineering in Railways and Road infrastructure and all other associated ancillary buildings. We develop fire engineering design for Rail and Road infrastructure from concept design stage through to construction, assurance and commissioning as well as carrying out fire risk assessments and finding solutions for retrofitting within existing and challenging infrastructures.  We strive to build the unthinkable with a can do, solution conscious, positive attitude towards work.

To meet the ever-growing demand, we are looking for individuals with experience in Railways and Road Tunnels Fire Engineering both in the area of design and development of Fire Safety Design as well as Fire Systems Engineering (specifically, fire detection, alarm, fire suppression and fire hydrant design).

Our projects include small-scale projects to very large-scale projects. At present WSP is involved with several high-profile projects including High Speed 2 (HS2) stations; Old Oak Common, Curzon Street and Euston, HS2 Tunnels, Crossrail stations, numerous London Underground (LU) and Network Rail (NR) refurbishment projects. We are also involved in number of Road Tunnels projects in the UK and the Middle East.

A typical week would include:

The following presents a keynote summary of knowledge, abilities, transferrable skills and qualities for the individuals to bring to our broad inhouse capabilities;

  • Process of Fire safety design and planning;
  • Use of the Technical Guidance and Standards in the field of Fire Engineering;
  • Assisting with development of fire strategies from concept stage to construction;
  • Assisting with developing Static Evacuation Analysis for surface stations. deep underground stations and tunnel environments;
  • To be able to assist with carrying out Fire Risk Assessments for Compliance with relevant fire safety codes;
  • Assisting with fire safety systems designs such as fire alarm and detection, fire suppression systems and facilities for fire fighter intervention (fire hydrant designs);
  • Technical knowledge and abilities in subjects such as heat transfer, fluid dynamics and fire performance of materials

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

We welcome applications from candidates with the following qualities and abilities:

  • A responsible and accountable spirit
  • An excellent team player with appreciation of team dynamics
  • Knowledge sharing and willing to learn from others
  • Excellent technical knowledge in Fire Engineering or another applicable engineering discipline (e.g. mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or structural fire engineering)
  • Awareness and appreciation of interdisciplinary design through all stages of the design process
  • Able to take a brief from the project lead and complete tasks within time and budget
  • An appreciation of clients’ needs.

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognises that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days' annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.


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