Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Building Physics Engineers

Various UK locations. Multiple vacancies.

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AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM is one of the world’s largest professional engineering consultancies, bringing a comprehensive portfolio of building services and engineering skills to projects encompassing all types of building and use from world class sporting venues through to commercial properties, healthcare & research, hotels, industrial & manufacturing, and infrastructure both in the UK and overseas.

Building Physics is a specialist team that sits within our building engineering business line. Our Building Physics engineers support our building engineering and sustainability teams and carry out independent consultancy for a range of clients.

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Along with core Dynamic Thermal Modelling (DTM) services assessing plant sizing, compliance with Part L2A of the Building Regulations, our team also carries out LEED and ASHRAE modelling, TM54 energy analysis, daylight modelling, thermal comfort and ventilation modelling, low and zero carbon technologies feasibility studies, and supports the development of mixed use masterplans. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) studies are also undertaken on a wide variety of subjects, pedestrian comfort wind models, natural and mechanical ventilation of buildings and tunnels, and detailed modelling of smoke, fire and water flow.

Job Responsibilities 

When a graduate starts with us we pair them with an experienced modeller who will guide and mentor them through their initial period working on live projects. Training is arranged on our software modelling tool IES to ensure all our building physics engineers have a full set of design skills. AECOM run a comprehensive graduate training program to develop skills in areas including clear communication and report writing, client presentation and financial management.

Early work with us will typically involve:

  • Producing 3D geometry for buildings and developments
  • Liaising with internal and external design teams
  • Assisting in setting up comprehensive energy models of proposed developments
  • Attending meetings and workshops with other design professionals such as architects
  • Undertaking simple test cell modelling to assist with design development
  • Collating evidence for the issue of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
  • Undertaking calculations in various supporting software packages
  • Assisting in producing supporting information for central data bases
  • Understanding and undertaking early energy calculations
  • Supporting the engineers in producing information for inclusion into the main reports
  • Assisting in production of marketing material for internal and external clients
  • Supporting the senior staff in the delivery of projects.

As a graduate develops they are expected to take on more responsibility in managing our projects from inception through to completion. Graduates will regularly meet with their line manager to discuss their progress, areas of interest and plan future development activities.


  • Engineering or related STEM degree at 2:1 (or equivalent) or above
  • Maths and physics A-Levels (or equivalent) at grade ‘B’ or above preferred but not essential
  • Ability to demonstrate an interest in working in the mechanical engineering or building services fields.
  • Experience of or degree modules relating to; building physics, use of modelling software, engineering specifically, and a range of renewable energy technologies.
  • Knowledge of the built environment would be preferred but not essential
  • Some experience or knowledge of software packages associated with modelling DTM and or CFD (preferred but not essential)
  • Be creative, practical, adaptable and enthusiastic.
  • Be highly motivated with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with experience of working collaboratively
  • Ability to demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Ability to think in a methodical way to design, plan and organise parts of projects
  • Able to work independently as part of a team.
  • Fluent English
  • An awareness of health and safety, environmental factors and sustainability in all aspects of engineering projects.


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) along with our huge scope of projects across the globe will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our GDP forms a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have over 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Ireland, from over 40 different disciplines, each and every one of them making a tangible difference to the environment we all live & work in.

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK & Ireland. We will push you to achieve the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support & guide your development, and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job technical development and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects, with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.


At AECOM, we aim to reward you not only with pay, but also with a range of benefits. Key benefits available to you in the United Kingdom and Ireland include (but are not limited to):

  • Bi-annual salary review while on the GDP
  • 25 days' annual leave, plus all public holidays, and the opportunity to buy and sell holiday
  • 2 paid corporate CSR days per year
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance, income protection (permanent staff only)
  • Flexible benefits such as childcare vouchers and gym membership discount
  • Pension scheme that also gives you access to MyMoneyWorks, which is designed to help you plan for your future goals and provide guidance and information on a range of financial products.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which offers access to advice on a wide range of topics, such as financial problems, legal matters, medical concerns and many other issues that can cause you concern or worry — available completely free of charge.
  • Eye care vouchers
  • 15 days' paid leave per annum for formally signed up reservists (AECOM is recognised as a Gold Employer by the Ministry of Defence for our work with the Armed Forces Covenant).

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