Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Hydraulics Engineer

Lingley Mere, Warrington.

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Job Purpose

United Utilities provides water and sewage services to around seven million people in the North West. This means operating enough miles of pipework and sewers to wrap three times around the planet. That's a lot of pipework! 

In short, it's our job to bring three million households and 200,000 businesses, clean, clear water and to take their wastewater away so our customers can simply get on with their day.  

United Utilities Outward Bound

Our new intake of graduates spent the week at Outward Bound team building and learning more about United Utilities.

Our capital projects are focused on all aspects of the water industry therefore as an engineer you will gain experience and expertise in all aspects, from regulation right through to project development, conceptual design and construction. 

You'll be rewarded for your commitment with a starting salary of £28,500, a massive 26 days of annual leave every year, which will increase to a maximum of 30 days after four years' service, plus bank holidays. Our fantastic benefits include private healthcare, discounted gym, flexible holidays, and award winning pension scheme. United Utilities has also been honoured by Glassdoor with the Best Places to Work in 2020.

We're looking for enthusiastic graduates to lead the way and help us to meet the challenges of the future. 

Job Accountabilities

  • As a graduate hydraulic engineer/hydrologist, you are required to develop your knowledge of treatment, network and reservoir hydraulics, river and reservoir flood risk studies and gain an awareness of geomorphology.  Projects will include the design of pipelines and open channel arrangements for wastewater, water and reservoir infrastructure and also treatment work schemes.
  • You will develop your experience and expertise in data gathering and analysis required for the engineering design, as well as your knowledge of health and safety techniques and the regulatory environment - both of which are really important to us. 
  • We want you to be able to communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences and have the ability to write clear, concise, accurate engineering design specifications with measurable outputs.
  • It's also important to have a working knowledge of other disciplines such as civil, process, mechanical, electrical, construction and network modelling. You will enrol on a three year graduate programme with the opportunity to undertake placements in different areas of engineering, the direction of which you can choose with guidance from your Mentor. That's because this allows us to deliver robust, reliable, repeatable, commissionable, operable, maintainable, safe and cost-effective project designs.
  • As part of the programme, you will register on a relevant training scheme and will be supported with your initial professional development towards an approved professional qualification with the relevant governing body.

Knowledge and Skills

Our team has a strong reputation for excellence and our graduates are an important part of that success. 

We require our hydraulic engineer graduates to have a minimum 2:1 accredited Master's degree in a relevant engineering discipline (i.e. Civil, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering) or specialising in hydrological processes.

You will need to be:

  • Technically competent with good planning, organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong at written and interpersonal skills
  • An excellent team player
  • An excellent communicator at all levels

Additional Information

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual assessment centre which are taking place from 6 – 17 December 2021.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £28,500 + benefits
  • Masters and above
  • Lingley Mere, Warrington
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

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