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Non-engineering routes to AtkinsRéalis

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Beyond Engineering

We’re known as a world leading design, engineering and project management consultancy, but we are much more than this. Our multidisciplinary teams continuously work on an abundance of projects varying in scale, from implementing cutting edge cyber security to developing advanced green technology. We believe our people are what make us outstanding, it’s for this reason we strive for a diverse set of skills and thought, which will position us for the challenges of tomorrow to create a sustainable future

Did you know you don't need to be an Engineer to make an impact on the world around us? Below you can meet some of our graduates who joined AtkinsRéalis from a wide variety of degrees and background.

Meet our graduates


Surveying Graduate

I joined Project and Programme Services as Graduate Quantity Surveyor in September 2021; during a pandemic when most graduate roles were being withdrawn in the sector. I joined Project and Programme Services with absolutely no industry experience but had completed a Masters Degree in Quantity Surveying as a mature student. Since joining Project and Programme Services I have gained invaluable practical experience on a national framework agreement and have recently been given the QS Lead role with one of the Contractors on the agreement. I was also recently appointed the Wellbeing Champion role on this strategic partnership. I have found myself involved with the Embrace Network, the companies network for the BAME community, taking on the role of events lead.

I have found that the company has supported me as much as I've needed on the Graduate scheme. I joined the Cambridge office and have found my colleagues to be supportive in all crazy ideas such as an office Choir that sang at a local care home. From someone who had no industry experience in any capacity, I can say that the Graduate scheme is definitely developing me into an industry expert. I continue to look forward to the challenges this scheme holds.

Laurienne Buhinja


Maths Graduate

I studied an integrated bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, with a study abroad year at the University of Leeds before joining AtkinsRéalis in Sept 2019 as a Graduate Software Engineer. Upon joining AtkinsRéalis, I worked on the Hinkley Point C project where AtkinsRéalis is performing static verification on the reactor protect system to ensure its safety. In my second year of the graduate scheme, I started work on the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) project, based in the UAE.

As a non-engineering graduate, I have felt fully supported in building my software skills and trusted to develop software solutions, present to clients, and lead training early on. Furthermore, throughout my career, AtkinsRéalis has ensured that my career aspirations are considered and given me the opportunity to work on multiple interesting projects.

Nicole Mason

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Collaboration and opportunity

AtkinsRéalis strength, lies in being able to seamlessly pull together specialist multidisciplinary teams to meet the unique challenges faced in today’s society. Our AtkinsRéalis ‘One Future Strategy’ and our journey towards sustainable growth and our culture of collaboration ensures that we deploy the right talent, in the right place, at the right time.

We pride ourselves on the variety of projects our non engineering graduates get to be apart of, including working on projects with Heathrow, East West Rail and the Government.

The opportunities at AtkinsRéalis are endless, take a look at our live opportunities and apply today.

Key disciplines & accreditations

We employ a wide range of people from a range of different disciplines, including but not exclusively:

  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Geography/GIS
  • Project Management
  • Business Studies
  • Law/Humanities
  • Data/Computer Science
  • Surveying

Professional Accreditations

Explore the huge range of professional accreditations on offer that aren't just Engineering, below:

Management Consultancy /Project Management
• Association of Project Management (APM)
• Change Management qualification (PROSCI)
• Business Analysis qualification (BCS)
• Chartered Project Professional (ChPP)
• Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

• Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation via a Masters conversion course
• Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

Transport Planning
• Transport Planning Professional (TPP) Chartership awarded jointly by the Transport Planning Society (TPS) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
• TPS Professional Development Scheme (PDS)

• Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - You can work towards the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) without an engineering degree.

Digital Asset Management
• Institute of Mathematics and Institute of Asset Management for Asset Management (IAM)

Strategic Asset Management (Faithful+Gould)
• Chartered Institute of Asset Management (IAM)

Intelligent Mobility and Smart Technologies
• Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
• APM - Association of Project Management
• Institute of Highways Engineers (IHE)
• Institute of Highways and Transportation (IHT/CIHT)

Environmental Science
• Chartered Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
• Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)
• Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Planning Consultant
• Chartered Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Contaminated Land and Hydrology/Water Management
• Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
• Geological Society
• Royal Geographical Society
• Society for the Environmental
• Science Council
• Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
• Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (iMarEst)
• Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
• Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Data Scientist/Data Intelligence
• Royal Statistical Society
• Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
• Institute of Mathematics Applications (IMA)
• Institute of Physics (IOP)

• Chartered Geographer (CGeog) via The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

• Chartered Geologist (CGeol) through GeoSoc
• Chartered Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy (IOM3)

Physical Security
• American Society for Industrial Security, Associated Protection Professional (ASIS APP)