Graduate Civil Design Engineer UKPN Services

Graduate Civil Design Engineer UKPN Services

Date: 11 Apr 2024

Location: London Flexible, GB

Reference Number - 78675


This Graduate Civil Design Engineer will report to the Principal Civil Design Engineer and will work within the UKPN Services directorate based in our London office. You will be a Fixed Term Contract (24 months ) employee.


You will attract a salary of £39,732.00 and a bonus of 3%. This role can also offer blended working after probationary period (6 months) - 3 days in the office and 2 remote


Close Date: Friday 10th May


We also provide the following additional benefits

  • Annual Leave
  • Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)
  • Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
  • Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Occupational Health support
  • Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
  • Discounted access to sports and social clubs
  • Employee Assistance Programme.


The Programme

The 2-year structured graduate programme will offer you the opportunity of 9 months rotational placements, relevant to your role, helping you better understand the role of UK Power Networks Services and the wider business. The second year will see you placed in your first supported role. Working towards the roles and responsibilities outline below, you will start contributing to your team's success and meeting objectives. Throughout the programme you will develop the knowledge, competencies and leadership skills through embedded training sessions to help you excel at UK Power Networks, along with mentorship from a senior leader.


The Opportunity:


You will report to the Principal Civils Design Engineer and will be part of the infrastructure design team. You will work as part of a diverse team, participating in rotations across UK Power Networks Services' (UKPNS) several technical departments to enhance your knowledge.


You will join a well-respected company that has been responsible for the development of some of the UK's most recognisable infrastructure schemes. You will work on the most exciting projects and be exposed to multiple industries from public utilities and nuclear to aviation and rail. No two projects, or days, are the same!


You will assist the design team in delivering technical excellence across our project portfolio, to keep UKPNS in the top tier for design and build of private assets and help maintain our records on safety, customer service and efficiency.


You will be on the graduate training scheme and support from our team of industry leading engineers so that you can achieve your personal and professional goals.




You will:

  • Produce civil designs for our clients that meet the relevant standards and align with good engineering practice, with the support from your experienced team members.


  • Carry out both concept/front-end and detailed design work with a focus on value-engineering, energy and carbon savings and innovative solutions. For example, this can include major material and construction method specifications, design calculations, modelling studies and several other tasks across the industry.


  • Assist in the bidding and tendering process that we use to win new projects and attract new clients.


  • Support and contribute to business-wide and team-wide annual targets.




You will have:


  • Achieved or working towards a BEng, MEng, or MSc level degree in civil or structural engineering.


  • An understanding of the inputs required for analysing steel and reinforced concrete structures. This includes calculations of permanent and imposed loads, wind loads, building's weight load for ground capacity checks.


  • Basic knowledge of the design process of steel and reinforced concrete structures using finite elements resources.


  • Understanding of the use of reinforced concrete, structural steel and masonry work in corrosive industrial environments, fire safety and prevention of contamination are paramount.


  • Spatial and location skill to understand the impact of the civil design decision during the construction and operational stages.


  • Experience working with engineering tools such as AutoCAD, vehicle tracker, structural design software.


  • An interest in working towards achieving professional accreditation such as EngTech, IEng or CEng. Engineering graduates will receive a fully paid for membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).


  • Basic awareness of project management and CDM Regulations.


You should be able to work simultaneously in a range of projects which are at different stages of development (multi-tasking).


You will not know everything, but will need to take responsibility, demonstrate curiosity, and have a drive to deliver high-quality work. You will need to be an effective communicator with people of all different levels and comfortable working in a collaborative manner.


Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees will ensure they understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and where there are legal requirements, employees will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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