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Programmes Mechanical Summer Intern with Nuclear Specialism

Bristol & Burton (Staffordshire). Multiple vacancies.

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Our people are at the very heart of what we do, they are the reason our clients work with us to solve some of their greatest challenges. At Frazer-Nash, we want all of our people to feel they belong, confident in the knowledge that we value and respect the commitment they have made by entrusting their careers and expertise to us.

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Frazer-Nash’s Programmes Business Unit (PBU) manages and delivers large frameworks and programmes that make a difference to the world. Our civil nuclear and defence focused teams within PBU solve complex problems related to the design, analysis, manufacture, assurance and in-service support of nuclear components.

By joining one of these teams, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects that ensure the continued safe operation and longevity of existing nuclear assets, support the safe decommissioning of nuclear facilities and which bring exciting new nuclear technologies such as SMR’s to fruition. These activities are essential for continued safe operation and to support the UK’s ambition to achieve net zero by 2050.

You will be involved in the full design life-cycle of projects, providing advice and developing practical solutions to engineering problems for our nuclear clients across the UK. As part of this, it will be necessary to liaise and work with operators, designers, other customers, and technical experts within Frazer-Nash, building strong and enduring working relationships.


What you’ll be doing at Frazer-Nash?

Working within a consultancy environment offers the chance to experience a wide variety of diverse projects; you'll be given the opportunity to develop yourself at each step of the project lifecycle, from winning work to helping solve complex technical problems, managing project delivery, and having the opportunity to work directly with clients.

The types of projects you could find yourself working on include;

  • Development of component and system design justifications including understanding functional and performance requirements and planning and undertaking Verification and Validation methods (e.g. Testing, Analysis, Demonstration).
  • The stress analysis of key nuclear components through tools such as hand calculations, finite element analysis, fracture mechanics or design code assessments. A typical stress analysis problem may involve a routine maintenance or inspection identifying a nuclear component operating outside its design intent. We would work closely with the client to understand the problem and propose a way to best solve it. We would undertake the required analysis, ensuring we deliver to the time, cost and quality expectations, whilst keeping the client up to date with progress. The outcome from the work would be either demonstrating the component is acceptable for continued operation, or we would recommend a maintenance, repair or replacement strategy.
  • Reviewing, evaluating, and sentencing non-compliance to design intent of nuclear components and systems. This may be across different stages of the lifecycle including manufacture, build/construction, commissioning and in-service.
  • Periodic review of the safety of nuclear plant and facilities through the review of mechanical system changes, the effects of ageing mechanisms and the definition of operating and maintenance procedures.

These projects are often used to substantiate safety cases, so an interest in or some knowledge of nuclear safety is advantageous.

A lot of our work comes from repeat business and hence you will be seeking to build enduring working relationships with key clients. This means you will be spending some time on clients' sites, which is a great opportunity to get hands on experience with plant and to see first-hand the components you will be analysing.

What you’ll need?

We are interested in hearing from excellent candidates who want to work in the nuclear field. As a minimum requirement you’ll need to be predicted to obtain, a 2:1 in your Batchelor’s or Master’s degree. The following are some of the degree courses identified as of interest, however we are open to hear from individuals working towards an undergraduate degree of different subjects who are interested in:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • General Engineering

Having some experience of, but most importantly a passion for, mechanical engineering and its disciplines is required. As demonstrated in the project examples, this role will offer broad engineering knowledge across a range of disciplines, with the opportunity to specialise in the future.

When submitting your application, we will want to see in your CV and Cover Letter details of your degree and educational background. It’s also important to highlight your relevant working experience, how your skills align with the requirements of the role and to demonstrate your interest and passion for the nuclear field.

We are also looking to see how you are organised and methodical in your approach when meeting deadlines and managing internal and external requirements, and how you seek to see the bigger picture in the roles you undertake.

The nature of our work means that we sometimes require staff to access Government material, it is therefore necessary for all of our employees to gain appropriate security clearance. We will apply for clearance if you have successfully been selected for a position, and we will obtain if we can successfully gain full clearance on your behalf based on the content of your application. Any offer of employment is subject to this requirement being met.

What can Frazer-Nash offer you?

We want to support your career development so that you achieve relevant professional qualifications. You will be assigned a mentor who will work with you to develop your own individual development plan so that you can gain the necessary skills and experience.

We want you to start working on exciting projects as quickly as possible and to support you in this, we will assign you a project mentor to aid you in developing the technical skills required for a project. This approach allows you to start making a difference from Day 1.

We will help you to develop and nurture your potential as you grow within your role and steer yourself towards new and exciting future career prospects. At Frazer-Nash we encourage development of you and your ideas in an impactful, meaningful way.


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days' holiday entitlement
  • Company pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Private healthcare membership

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Opportunity Overview

  • December 17th, 2021
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £20,000 pro rata + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Summer
  • Bristol and Burton, Staffordshire
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Nuclear

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