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Mechanical Engineer - Nuclear & Power

  1. Bristol
  1. Nuclear

Mechanical Engineer - Nuclear & Power

Our growing team is looking for a talented Mechanical Engineer with nuclear experience, or experience in a safety critical industry. You’ll enjoy working on technically challenging engineering projects and be able to solve complex problems, clearly communicating solutions to others. You’ll enjoy working with others, sometimes directly at client sites, sometimes from our offices.

This role offers excellent opportunities for career development for the right candidate working towards chartered status. If you have a passion for engineering and want to understand where a career with Atkins might lead, then we would like to hear from you.

The Team:

As part of SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear & Power business, the Reactor Decommissioning team is made up of engineers and scientists who work across numerous mechanical engineering and nuclear safety and waste management projects. Within the nuclear industry, our engineers provide advice and support that is critical to continued safe operation of existing plant and decommissioning of plant that has reached its end of life. SNC-Lavalin are also poised play a key role in the development of the design of the next generation of Nuclear Power stations.  You’ll help to grow our technical capability to address a diverse range of problems in a safety critical environment.

Whilst your office base will be in Bristol, flexibility in work location is important – from time to time our clients do call on our team to deliver work from their sites.

The Role:

We work across numerous plant areas, each with different technical challenges, but with a focus on nuclear decommissioning and waste management. These include design and assessment of ILW and LLW retrieval and processing techniques, packaging of waste for transportation and long-term storage, assessment of existing plant and support to the planning and infrastructure required for decommissioning. You’ll be expected to help define the problem, identify an appropriate methodology, and justify the right solution.

You’ll be helping us to develop clients decommissioning plans, design and construction of new build projects; assure the longevity and integrity of existing infrastructure; and deliver innovative consultancy advice to key clients, critical to the success of the global energy market.

Our reputation is centred on delivering the right engineering solutions to our clients’ problems. We value the relationship we have with our client and would expect you to improve the engineering service we provide, and build close relationships with the client, founded on trust and delivery. 

The Person:

We are looking for people who relish technically challenging engineering projects. You should have the ability to solve complex problems and be able to clearly communicate this solution to others. A strong mechanical engineering background is essential, as well as an aptitude to develop into new technical areas quickly.

You will be proactive and have excellent communication and presentation skills. You will also have an appreciation of the commercial aspects of consultancy and design projects, to identify project risks and to ensure mitigations are identified and in place. And you get satisfaction from building relationships, with clients and with colleagues.

Staff development and career progression is crucial to our business and we are therefore seeking highly motivated engineers that can help others to develop and achieve their potential. You will therefore have skills in (or an interest in undertaking) the leadership and development / mentoring of staff, and help to develop others by sharing your knowledge and experience. 

Nuclear industry experience is highly desirable.

In addition to this, or experience in a safety critical industry, you will be able to demonstrate the following:

Honours Degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or related discipline (2:1 minimum). 

Chartered Engineer or working towards chartership with the IMechE (or another engineering institution). 

Technical practitioner able to demonstrate sound engineering judgement and with extensive experience in using fundamental engineering skills. 

Proven record of delivering technically challenging projects. 

Able to produce and review/correct high quality technical reports. 

Motivated and driven to meet delivery/cost targets without compromising quality. 

Awareness of own technical limitations and using the help and support of others to deliver.

An understanding of the commercial aspects of a consultancy business.

Some on-site or hands-on plant experience is desirable but not essential.

The ability to speak French, German, Japanese or Chinese would be an added bonus.

About Us:

As part of our Nuclear and Power business, we specialize in taking on the most stimulating engineering projects and opportunities that exist across the board, from technical solutions to project management. With existing relationships with the major operators in the nuclear sectors, we offer a stimulating variety of work, within a team which is rapidly developing to meet the challenges of the global Energy sector.

Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, are one of the world’s foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating in virtually every region of the world, in virtually every market. Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time. Together with our rewarding and flexible packages, you will have the perfect balance to bring your personal and career goals to fruition.

Rewards and Benefits:

Please refer to our Rewards and Benefits page for details on our full benefits package.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active program of in-house and well as external training for all of our engineers.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career in engineering, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability. We are committed to providing equal opportunities and inclusion in the workforce, as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Security Clearance:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.



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