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Insights How a graduate scheme can ignite your engineering career

Are you an engineering graduate eager to jumpstart your career? Look no further than Atkins, where our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) offers a unique opportunity to ignite your engineering career. Joining our graduate scheme can provide you with invaluable experiences, professional growth, and a solid foundation to excel in the engineering industry. 

Not sure which scheme is right for you? Explore all of our engineering graduate roles – we update this page with our latest graduate roles, so bookmark it and keep an eye out for new vacancies as they appear. From there you can learn more about each scheme, entry requirements, our business areas, teams and projects you might be interested in, as well as our comprehensive training and development support, plus exciting rewards and benefits

Now, let's dive into the range of graduate schemes at Atkins that could be a launchpad for your career:

Airport Planning and Engineering

As an Airport Planning and Engineering Graduate at Atkins, you’ll join our growing and respected Airport team, working on a variety of airport-related planning studies and assessments. You could contribute to complex infrastructure projects such as the Heathrow Expansion Programme (HEP), develop airport masterplans, scope and undertake studies on airfield layout and more. You’ll have opportunities for international travel, and the support of a team with exemplary technical, engineering, operational and leadership backgrounds.

If you’re searching for graduate civil engineer jobs, you might be interested in our Airfield Civil Engineering programme, where you’ll get to work on airport-related designs. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with clients, build a sound knowledge of aviation standards, as well as design skills using AutoCad and geometry. 

Ultimately, you’ll enjoy a fulfilling role, where you deliver projects which have a positive impact on the world around us. At Atkins, you’ll get to work with like-minded people who care about driving a route to sustainable aviation. This experience will provide you with a solid foundation to pursue a rewarding career in the aviation industry. 

Chemical and Process Engineering

If you’re on the hunt for rewarding chemical engineering graduate jobs, explore our Chemical and Process Engineering graduate scheme. You’ll be trusted with complex work, receiving support from line managers to senior leaders. With our solid reputation in the design, engineering and project management industry, you’ll be in great company at Atkins.

You could be helping us reimagine places and spaces within our Infrastructure business area, or joining our Nuclear and Power teams that have been engineering, delivering and managing nuclear facilities for over 20 years, from new builds like Hinkley Point C to on-site engineering for clients such as EDF.

Civil and Structural Engineering

As a Civil or Structural Engineering graduate, you'll enjoy variety within your role and work with seasoned professionals. Our projects range from smaller projects such as local urban development to big projects like Europe’s largest infrastructure project, you’ll experience different areas, such as consulting, design, or overseeing construction. 

At Atkins, we’re not all the same, and that’s our greatest strength. We value the different perspectives that our people bring and recognise everyone for their contributions equally. That's why we're investing in our female employees, and working to inspire more women to consider engineering careers. And as a result, we're attracting more women into graduate civil engineering jobs, as well as retaining and promoting women at all career stages.

Electrical and EC&I Engineering

Our electrical engineers help to power our future. Graduate electrical engineering jobs at Atkins are like no other. As an electrical engineer, you’ll work with our teams who deliver a complete electrical engineering service across every aspect of design and delivery.

You could be the mastermind behind optimising electrical distribution systems at wastewater plants, or develop lighting and power systems for buildings of all shapes and sizes, or helping on projects to light the way to net zero carbon – talk about illuminating the world! 

Working in the Transportation business area, you could be part of a part of a team of experts undertaking and developing layouts and details for electrifying new railway corridors. In Nuclear and Power, you could work on designing a critical power supply to a control room or an emergency lighting system to enable safe evacuation of a building. Whichever business area you work in, there’s an exciting range of projects you could embark on.

Ground Engineering and Tunnelling

As a Graduate Geologist, Geotechnical or Tunnelling Engineer on our prestigious 3-year programme, you could be involved in one of the most exciting sectors in civil and environmental engineering. You’ll help to support and deliver the technical aspects of a variety of engineering and multidisciplinary designs across a range of challenging and exciting projects in the UK and internationally. Committed to providing world class geotechnical and engineering geology services, our expert Ground Engineering team will support you in gaining hands-on experience in a range of activities including 3D ground modelling, site investigation, geohazard and terrain evaluation and more.

In the Tunnelling and Underground Space, our team provides technically excellent engineering design of tunnelling, underground, and heavy infrastructure, particularly focused on mass transit, rail and major project programmes. Learn more about a day in the life as a Tunnel Engineer from James.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate

If you’re seeking graduate mechanical engineering jobs, there’s a wide range of business areas to explore from Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADS&T) to transportation, infrastructure, nuclear and power and beyond. 

If you’re an undergraduate trying to get ahead, why not read about how Rosina benefitted from doing a placement at Atkins, setting her up for success in the GDP.

Systems Engineering Graduate

Does the idea of shaping a faster, safer and smarter world excited you? As a Systems Engineering Graduate at Atkins, you’ll be joining a team with a passion to solve problems, use holistic thinking and develop innovative solutions to make a difference that benefits the world around you. Your work could include developing airport IT Systems, offshore wind farms or defence equipment.

Translate academic knowledge into real-world success

Joining Atkins' graduate scheme is a decision that can truly ignite your engineering career. With comprehensive training, exposure to diverse projects, a collaborative work environment, networking opportunities, and continuous learning prospects, you'll be well-equipped to excel in the engineering industry.

Embrace this incredible opportunity to grow both professionally and personally while making a positive impact on the world through your engineering contributions. Take the first step toward a fulfilling and successful career today, by exploring our engineering graduate roles at Atkins.