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Technical Graduate - Mechanical Engineering

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Job Introduction

Discover our Technical Graduate Scheme

Our vision is to be the world leading ‘go to’ nuclear laboratory.

We have an exciting science and technology strategy for the future. To deliver it, we need to continuously develop our technical talent. Our Technical Graduate Scheme is purpose-built to develop our next generation of technical experts. On the programme you will be given the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects within the industry, whilst developing your skills to enable you to reach your potential.

We’ll help you to develop both personally and technically. We’ll surround you with the best minds in the nuclear industry – from around the world – encouraging you to learn from others and develop yourself in all ways, at all times. You’ll be challenged, stretched and pushed to your limits – just as we’re pushing the limits of what’s possible in nuclear.

You’ll discover the industry, discover yourself and discover the future. Of that, we’re certain.

Learning & Development

Our Technical Graduate Scheme is a three-years three months programme in which you’ll be placed in a set team with a line manager. We will also offer you project management experience and a secondment into our ICE (Insight, Create, Execute) business area who lead on our Science and Technology strategy.

When you join, we’ll give you a five-day induction so you can learn about NNL, the programme you’ll be following and, of course, what we expect from you.

From there, you’ll experience a number of training modules taking time out of the business to work on your development every two-three months. We’ll cover everything from time management and team working, to report writing and ethics. You’ll be given a set amount of time each week that’s purely dedicated to work on your development. We’ll learn about you together.

Whilst you’re continually looking to personally develop throughout the training programme, you could find your next discovery whilst being involved in projects of global importance; surrounded by a support network of experts who want you to succeed.

What will you discover?

Role Responsibility

Discover Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineers can fulfil a number of different roles within the NNL. Most of our mechanical engineers work in design, from concept through to detail, either designing experimental rigs to be operated by our scientists in our world-class facilities, or designing modifications to the infrastructure of our facilities as part of multi-million pound enhancement projects.

Graduate Mechanical Engineers can expect to use state of the art 3D CAD workstations and be involved in concept design, detail design, manufacture, test, commission and on site deployment.

Mechanical Engineers are also engaged within our Modelling and Simulation capability, developing models to test and analyse how structure or components would behave under impact or seismic conditions.

Our Mechanical Engineers also form an integral part of our Facilities’ Engineering teams, managing Engineering teams and delivering projects to ensure that the plant is correctly maintained and any breakdowns are dealt with promptly.

What will you discover?

The Ideal Candidate

Discover what we want from you:

We’ll expect you to graduate or have graduated with a 2:1 or higher in Mechanical Engineering.

More than this, though, we need graduates with enquiring minds. People who know there’s more to discover, and who have the drive and determination to discover it. Whether that’s untapped skills within themselves, or undiscovered solutions to the world’s energy issues. We need passionate, driven individuals who know that the world as it stands is not enough; who’ll push against barriers until they break through. We need individuals who can take the initiative to work both independently and within a team. We are looking for graduates who want to learn from the best, even when they become the best themselves.

About the Company

We play a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry. That means reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning, maintaining critical skills and attracting talented new people to the industry. We're the only UK organisation with the skills, facilities and expertise to provide technical support to all aspects of the nuclear industry. What's more, we pride ourselves on offering quality, value and service to every one of our customers.

National Nuclear Laboratory

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