Mechanical engineering is huge and covers a massive range of complex mechanical systems and intricate infrastructure. Through a great mix of placements over the course of two to four years, you’ll experience the awe-inspiring, the challenging, and maybe even the impossible. And find out how we make it possible all the same.
WHERE YOU CAN JOIN US
See the list below to find out more about the areas of our business that are offering places on our Mechanical Engineering programme for autumn 2017. But no matter which team you join, you could be based anywhere in the UK. That’s why we ask all our graduates to be flexible and willing to move during their programme.
CAVENDISH NUCLEARLearn more and apply
Cavendish Nuclear is the largest nuclear site manager and nuclear engineering support organisation in the UK. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group and we deliver complex projects across the span of nuclear energy. Our work ranges from the construction of brand new reactors and working-life extensions of existing nuclear plant to the safe decommissioning and remediation of legacy sites. Whether on our own or with one of our partners, we’ll be applying proven experience and trusted expertise to deliver complex programmes. We’re looking for graduates with a wide range of qualities, including high technical skills, good interpersonal skills and a willingness to learn and adapt to new circumstances.
You could be based in a number of locations. You’ll probably call Bristol, Leicester or Manchester home, but you could also work from client sites (including nuclear power stations, or Sellafield in Cumbria).
DEFENCE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGYLearn more and apply
When asked to think of a high-tech organisation, you might be tempted to name a computer company. But our clients are among the most technology-driven organisations in the world. And our 900-strong Defence Systems Technology (DST) business designs, manufactures, integrates and supports some of their most complex systems which is why we ask for a minimum 2:1 degree. Our graduates use their expertise in mechanical, electrical, electronic and software engineering to help us deliver epic programmes, develop new technologies and offer end-to-end solutions. That’s why we look for people with real management potential, business acumen, and great communication skills. We also like our graduates to form an active community, which is why we have lots of clubs and societies – from basketball to running to karate to photography.
While you need to be ready and willing to move throughout your programme, graduates in Defence Systems Technology are mainly based at Bristol or Whetstone (Leicestershire).
MARINE AND TECHNOLOGY – CLYDELearn more and apply
At HM Naval Base in Clyde our big focus is on the Vanguard and Astute class nuclear submarines. The Astute class submarines are the newest and best in the MOD’s fleet, so servicing them is a complex job. That’s why having a full mix of engineering skills on-site is vital and why we put so much into training our graduates. Without our great people we can’t continue to do a great job. To make the most of the opportunities Clyde has to offer, you’ll need to have great technical skills now but also the potential – and passion – needed to develop further. We want to see some relevant work experience, an ability to take the lead on things, and the logical mindset needed to tackle the kind of head-scratchers epic engineering can throw at you. After all, you could be one of our future leaders.
All graduates that join Marine and Technology – Clyde will be based at HM Naval Base Clyde – Faslane, Scotland.
MARINE AND TECHNOLOGY – BRISTOLLearn more and apply
Working closely with colleagues in Devonport, we’re a strategic partner to the MOD and the Royal Navy, helping to improve efficiency at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth. Our unique facilities and infrastructure mean that we can undertake 100% of submarine refits, as well as around 75% of UK surface fleet refits and 50% of fleet maintenance work. Half of the Royal Navy surface fleet is base-ported in Devonport, including Type 23 frigates, the Amphibious Assault fleet, and their hydrographic vessels. That’s the kind of epic engineering projects we take care of. To get involved in them, you’ll need to have a technical grounding in your relevant field, along with the ability to think on your feet and challenge yourself. And because we love to help promote STEM subjects amongst kids, it would be great if you were up for getting involved with our work in local schools.
The majority of graduates are based in Devonport (Plymouth) with a small number based in our Bristol and Keynsham offices.
MARINE AND TECHNOLOGY – PLYMOUTHLearn more and apply
We’re a strategic partner to the MOD and the Royal Navy, helping to improve efficiency at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth. Our unique facilities and infrastructure mean that we can undertake 100% of submarine refits, as well as around 75% of UK surface fleet refits and 50% of fleet maintenance work. Half of the Royal Navy surface fleet is base-ported in Devonport, including Type 23 frigates, the Amphibious Assault fleet, and their hydrographic vessels. That’s the kind of epic engineering projects we take care of. To get involved in them, you’ll need to have a technical grounding in your relevant field, along with the ability to think on your feet and challenge yourself. And because we love to help promote STEM subjects amongst kids, it would be great if you were up for getting involved with our work in local schools.
MARINE AND TECHNOLOGY – ROSYTHLearn more and apply
Rosyth might be the most unique of our sites within Marine and Technology. Nearly all our teams have a foothold here, so the range of work is huge. Right now, projects within the oil and gas, renewables and commercial marine sectors are making use of our unique mix of engineering, design and manufacturing skills. In the past year alone, we started work on over 70 subsea modules for BP and completed a complex vessel refit programme. Alongside these commercial projects, we also take on some warship support work and took care of over 50% of the detailed design for the UK’s new aircraft carriers, the largest and most powerful ships ever built for the Royal Navy. It’s epic stuff. Which is why we look for real team players with the right attitude and technical skills to get involved in projects like these. In return, you’ll get experience in five incredible sectors (naval and commercial marine, renewables, oil and gas, liquid gas equipment, and civil nuclear) and enjoy the support of a dedicated graduate management team.
Your home base will be Rosyth, but your placements may also be in Edinburgh, Tyneside, Bristol, HM Naval Base Clyde or Devonport (Plymouth).
NETWORK ENGINEERING – RAILLearn more and apply
Rail journeys make up 9% of all UK journeys every year. And it’s our Rail business that supports Network Rail and other rail industry customers to provide a safe, reliable and efficient rail network across Great Britain. We are currently the largest plain line track renewals company in the country – and with our partners Alstom and Costain (under the ABC Electrification partnership) we are one of the largest electrification companies too. As a graduate you could play an important part in the work that we do.
Typically, in the Rail business, graduates rotate between our operations in Birmingham, Crewe, York, Blantyre (Glasgow), Southampton and Bristol.
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING
You’ll really get a taste of the epic breadth of our work. You could be tackling complex submarine design projects or warship refits, working in renewable energy, on oil and gas projects, rail network renewal, or on nuclear new-build programmes. Whatever it is, it’ll be big.
The range of potential mechanical engineering activities you could be involved with are vast. You could work in mechanical design – producing drawings and working with manufacturers, suppliers and subcontractors right through to manufacture, installation and decommissioning. Or you could work on analysis and problem solving for existing equipment or systems. Expect plenty of onsite work – implementing designs, finding solutions to installation issues, liaising with designers and office based engineers and coordinating staff or contractors. And project management – liaising with customers and suppliers, planning for successful project implementation and ensuring projects run to budget and programme.
WHAT YOU’LL GET OUT OF IT
You’ll get a proper overview of what we do, which will help you figure out what you love and what you’re good at. We’ll also support you every step of the way on your path to becoming an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer – with a competitive starting salary of £27,000 - £30,000 as you’re doing it. And after the programme, you’ll be in pole position for lots of roles throughout Babcock.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
A 2:2 BEng (Hons) degree is vital. And because the programme is accredited by the IMechE, IET, RINA, IChemE and IMarEST, your degree will need to be accredited by one of those institutions too. You’ll also need to satisfy the MOD’s security requirements (and may need to complete a medical assessment).
* Depending on location, role and qualifications.