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Babcock is a leading provider of critical, complex engineering services across defence, emergency services and civil nuclear markets in the UK and more widely across the globe.


Our business in Plymouth is a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting them in Devonport and around the world, delivering complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes and applying our core strengths of technology and expertise to sustain critical and complex assets to help maintain national security.


To make the most of the opportunities Babcock has to offer, you’ll need to have great technical skills, along with the drive and aspiration to develop your career. Our graduates will have the opportunity to use and apply their knowledge and skills, gained from either engineering or business degrees, to help us deliver our world-class programmes, develop new technologies and offer innovative solutions for our customers.


Your development programme will have a strong focus on undertaking a number of different placements which will be agreed in line with evolving business requirements and provide you with a high level of on-the-job training. You will also be given the fantastic opportunity to network and share your experiences through our modular two-year graduate development programme. Through these experiences you will understand the pivotal role you will play in our future success, how we function as an organisation, the importance of our customers and the wider business environment in which we operate.




​Depending on your programme your home base could be Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth. However, some of your placements may be at other Marine sector locations. As many of our programmes are available at more than one location you will have the opportunity, at the end of the online application form, to select a second and/or third choice location that you would want your application to be considered for.



Working in a discipline with such fundamental importance to platform integrity means that you will experience all parts of a vessel’s lifecycle. This will involve: assessment of design; development of weld procedures; non-destructive and destructive testing; engineering critical assessment; and failure mode investigations. As part of this scheme you will be working with and managing projects involving: 3D laser/optical scanning for corrosion mapping; automatic welding processes involving mechanised and robotic systems; electron microscopy and x-ray analysis of microstructures and fractures; computer tomography with digital radiography; and remotely operated inspection capability for nuclear systems. This will also involve working with catapult companies and university research enterprises for the development of initiatives that will drive efficiency and effectiveness into the business.


You will be deeply embedded in a variety of hands-on technical assurance activities, trusted to support vessels, facilities and the team managing their upkeep and improvement. This unique perspective, and engagement with on-site manufacturing, procurement, quality, safety and management will form the robust basis of your long-term career, whichever direction it takes you. Alongside this you will enjoy a competitive salary of £29k - £31k with our full support to ensure you attain professional registration.


You will need a 2:2 BSc/BEng (Hons) degree in Materials Science/Engineering, Metallurgy or other Engineering discipline. You will also need to satisfy the MOD’s security requirements (and may need to complete a medical assessment).
Competitive Starting Salary £29K- £31K
£29K- £31K

* Depending on location, role and qualifications.