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Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme 2019

Scheme at EDF Energy

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme 2019

Scheme at EDF Energy

  • LocationLondon, UK
  • Position levelScheme
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconApply by 02 Sep, 2019
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 02 Oct, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date: 01 Sep, 2019
  • CompetitiveCompetitive

Join us on our Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme and be an integral part of our vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company and a champion of low-carbon growth. You will complete a variety of assignments during the 16-month programme within our Nuclear New Build and Generation business area whilst starting your journey to becoming a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (“IMechE”).

Nature, Scope and Principal Accountabilities

There is no better time to join the scheme as progress is made on Hinkley Point C, the largest construction project in Europe, and plans to develop a second project at Sizewell C have commenced. We want to share this exciting journey with you as you start your life-long career with EDF Energy shaping the energy industry of the future.

Following a week-long induction with graduates from all of our schemes at our state of the art facility, Cannington Court (Somerset) in September 2019, you will spend the first 3 months of the scheme working on Hinkley Point C (“HPC”) or Sizewell C (“SZC”) related projects in the South West or South East. During the scheme, a Mechanical Engineering graduate could undertake placements within the Technical, Engineering, Pre-Operations or Commissioning Departments within HPC or SZC projects. We want to develop you and ensure you have the right skills to do the role required of you so this time will be interspersed with periods of residential training at our training centre in Gloucester. The next 8 months of your programme will be spent rotating around some of our existing sites across the UK allowing you to see how our different departments in the Central Technical Organisation and Power Stations collaborate. During the rotations you could find yourself spending time with the Central Technical Organisation, Station Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Technical & Safety functions. You won’t be on your own though, you will have the support of your line manager, a recent graduate buddy and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer mentor throughout the scheme. Our Young Professionals (“YP”) Network will also welcome you to their network where they provide an effective platform to learn, lead and connect. It is a good opportunity for you to knowledge share with fellow graduates and trainees from our other Early Careers schemes.

During your attachments at CTO you will work with experienced Engineers on a variety of technical projects. You will quickly gain an understanding of the technical aspects of the work and with the help of your mentor/supervisor you will soon be making a real contribution and gaining knowledge and experience of how we make modifications to our nuclear power plants. At the end of the attachment you will have developed technical, nuclear safety and project management skills and experience that will support you throughout your career.

During your power station based attachments you will work with experienced site based engineers; this attachment will allow you to get ‘hands-on’ plant experience. You will work closely with skilled staff to carryout maintenance, testing and repair of power plant equipment. This attachment will give you a good understanding of the scale and complexity of equipment on a nuclear power station site.

The final 5 months of the programme will be spent working on HPC or SZC projects, gaining more experience and developing your skills as you prepare to interview for a permanent role to transition into at the end of the scheme in January 2021. Typical permanent roles would include Systems Engineer, Commissioning Engineer, Pre-Operations Engineer or Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (“HVAC”) Engineer.

We are passionate about your development during the graduate scheme and you will have a tailored training path that will help develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours both during the scheme and in your future career. We place a particular focus on your technical development, with a range of learning interventions ranging from nuclear fundamentals, system appreciations through to nuclear safety. You will also undertake key behavioural development programmes considering areas such as presentation skills and business communications. You’ll be given time to invest in your development with the expectation that you will commit to both the training and implementing your learning post course back into the business. You will have the chance to learn from others and build networks that will help you moving forward in your careers.

As part of your wider leadership training, you’ll be trained as a STEM Ambassador which will allow you to inspire our future generation of engineers at STEM events nationwide. To get the most from our training during the programme you’ll need to be flexible about your location and prepared to move from one location to another, as assignments rotate you could find yourself at any of our sites across the UK.

Within one year of completion of the programme you will be applying the skills and knowledge you have gained as you build your career in Mechanical engineering. After 2 years you should be ready to move into a more technically advanced role and possibly take on some supervisory responsibilities. Five years from completing the programme you could be a technical specialist or manager and be able to apply your experience in numerous areas of EDF Group at home or abroad, not to mention having achieved Chartered Engineer status within the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Skills and Qualifications

  • 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree (obtained or expected) in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering or General Engineering.
  • A genuine interest in nuclear energy, the power generation industry and technology
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills during and after the scheme
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Flexibility to relocate

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