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Welcome to the dynamic world of nuclear engineering – where innovation meets sustainability. 

We unveil the pathway to landing a nuclear engineering job, even without prior experience in the nuclear industry. 

At AtkinsRéalis, we believe in harnessing diverse talents and expertise to drive transformative projects, and we invite engineering professionals to explore the exciting opportunities awaiting them in the nuclear sector.

With our strong pipelines, opportunities to diversify your portfolios, and longstanding client relationships, we offer engineering professionals unparalleled opportunities to make a meaningful impact in the dynamic nuclear sector. 

How to land a nuclear engineering job

Entering the field of nuclear engineering may seem daunting, especially for those without previous experience in the nuclear industry. 

However, with the right approach and mindset, aspiring engineers can embark on a rewarding career journey in nuclear. 

  • Understand the basics - while you may not have direct experience in these areas, demonstrating a keen interest and willingness to learn will set you apart in the interview process. 
  • Leverage transferable skills - highlight your existing skills and experiences that are transferable to the field of nuclear engineering. For example, as a civil engineer, you may possess expertise in structural analysis, project management, and problem-solving, which are highly relevant in nuclear projects. Or if you are a mechanical engineer and you’ve worked in highly regulated industries such as aerospace or chemical, you’ll be perfectly placed to develop those skills. 
  • Our recruitment approach spans various disciplines including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, EC&I, process, safety, engineering design, radioactive waste, and nuclear/environmental science and project management. This reflects our involvement in the entire life cycle of nuclear reactors, from design and construction to operation and decommissioning, offering abundant opportunities for professionals from diverse backgrounds. 

At AtkinsRéalis, we prioritize finding the right fit for our culture and teams. We understand that no candidate perfectly aligns with every requirement listed in a job description, and we value diversity of experience and perspectives

So, if you're passionate about joining our team and making a meaningful impact, don't hesitate to apply - even if you don't check off all the boxes. 

Career paths in nuclear engineering at AtkinsRéalis 

At AtkinsRéalis, we offer diverse career paths in nuclear engineering, providing opportunities for professionals from various engineering disciplines to contribute to innovative and impactful projects in the nuclear sector. 

Here's a brief overview of some key roles:

Electrical Engineer 

Electrical engineers at AtkinsRéalis play a crucial role in designing, installing, and maintaining electrical systems and equipment within nuclear power plants, ensuring safety and compliance with regulations.

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers specialize in the design, analysis, and maintenance of mechanical systems and components within nuclear facilities, contributing to plant reliability and safety through their expertise.

Civil Engineer

Civil engineers are essential in the planning, design, and construction of nuclear power plants and associated infrastructure, integrating innovative solutions to enhance safety and sustainability.

Systems Engineer

Systems engineers focus on the integration, optimization, and operation of complex systems and processes within nuclear facilities, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to ensure the safe and reliable operation of nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Safety Engineer 

Nuclear safety engineers provide innovative consultancy advice to clients, delivering solutions to technical problems and ensuring safety in nuclear facilities throughout their lifecycle, from design to decommissioning.

Explore nuclear engineering jobs at AtkinsRéalis 

Landing a nuclear engineering job without prior experience is indeed achievable with the right approach and dedication. 

We believe in nurturing talent, fostering growth, and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and contribute their unique skills and abilities. 

With technology such as CANDU Monark, we lead the way in groundbreaking nuclear engineering, collaborating with global experts and teams to drive innovation and shape the future of energy and sustainability.

Whether you're an engineer looking to explore new horizons or an experienced professional seeking a career change, the nuclear sector offers exciting opportunities for growth and impact.

Explore nuclear engineering career opportunities at AtkinsRéalis and discover how you can contribute to groundbreaking nuclear projects that shape the future of energy and sustainability.