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Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin's employees are proud to build what matters.

In July 2017 Atkins was acquired by SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. to create a global fully integrated professional services and project management company – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance.

Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions to clients in clean power, nuclear, oil & gas, mining & metallurgy and infrastructure.

Our Clean Power sector covers projects and services in hydro, transmission & distribution, renewables, intelligent networks and cyber security and digital utility transformation.

You can count on our experience, our innovative professionals and our superior customer service as we take on your strategic projects and help you deliver secure, sustainable electricity.

To explore the exciting opportunities we offer, visit: snclavalin.com and atkinsglobal.com.


BAE Systems Maritime

BAE Systems Maritime Submarines is the prime contractor for the Astute Class submarine programme, providing design, build and in-service support for seven Astute submarines for the UK Royal Navy.

It is also one of three main industrial partners in the programme to design the Royal Navy’s next generation of submarines - the replacement for the Vanguard class. The first of the new class is due to be delivered in 2028 and will provide the nation’s nuclear deterrent into the 2060s.

Employing more than 5,000 highly skilled people, its main site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria has been designing and building complex submarines for more than a century. Indeed, it is one of only a few places in the world with the capability to deliver nuclear-powered submarines.

There are approximately 450 professional engineers in the company, ranging from graduates to Senior Consultants; within this engineering team there are currently circa 30 electrical power engineers.


United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

Do you want to go to work to change the world? UKAEA could be the employer you’ve been looking for.

Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, is seen as the Holy Grail of clean energy. Safer than nuclear fission, with virtually limitless fuel and no greenhouse gas emissions, it could transform the way electricity is generated in the future. UKAEA's mission is to lead the commercial development of fusion power and related technology and position the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy.

UKAEA manages the UK’s fusion programme at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy near Oxford, which has been at the forefront of research since the 1960s. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of carbon-free energy for tomorrow's power stations.

UKAEA hosts the world’s largest and most powerful fusion experiment, JET, for scientists from around Europe. The UK’s own MAST Upgrade facility, also based at Culham, is pioneering designs for smaller and more efficient reactors.
UKAEA has recently opened a series of new research centres to take on the challenges of bringing fusion to the energy market. These include a Materials Research Facility and a robotics testbed, RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments), which also works with companies in spin-off areas as diverse as nuclear decommissioning and driverless car testing.
We have a growing team of over 1,000 employees working in a friendly, international atmosphere; industry-accredited graduate and apprentice programmes; and a strong commitment to staff training and development.
Opportunities for power and electrical engineers include working on:
• Pulsed Power Supplies for Fusion Machines
• HV Power Distribution Systems
• Control & Instrumentation
• Electronics
Getting fusion power onto the grid is one of the biggest and most exciting challenges in engineering. The first industrial-scale experiment – the international ITER project – is under construction in France, and UKAEA is already developing technology for the first fusion powerplants. Now is the perfect time to play your part in bringing cleaner electricity to the world.

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London Underground

London Underground (LU), part of Transport for London (TfL), is the beating heart of London where around three and a half million journeys are made each day, on 11 lines serving 270 stations. We are now running more services than ever before on our network, some of which is approaching 150 years old!

LU carries more than one billion passengers a year, as many as the entire National Rail network. A safe and reliable power supply is vital to our continued service. No power = No trains!

LU’s power infrastructure is of a significant size and scale comprising of 2,700 km of high voltage cables and 200 plus electrical traction substations and switch-houses spread across the geographic extent of London.

As a power system, this network is similar in scale to that of a small Distribution Network Operator (DNO), with similar challenges to any DNO, but with the added dimension and complexity of an extensive dc traction distribution system. Power also has important interfaces with signalling, rolling stock and other technical systems.

LU are the largest single consumer of energy in the capital, at over 1TWh per year. Consequently you can share our desire to find ways of reducing our carbon footprint and overall energy costs.

The Power Engineering team at LU are seeking high calibre individuals to develop and grow our already significant team capability. We are responsible for the asset lifecycle across the full range of power assets from generation systems, HV and LV distribution systems, DC traction systems together with their extensive SCADA based control systems.

Your skills and knowledge will be developed and used to define the ‘new works’ for our project teams leading renewals and to support all of the line upgrades at LU.

If you are interested in an exciting and challenging career with excellent prospects, look no further because London Underground has all of this and much more...


Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. (MEE) began its operations in Europe more than 40 years ago. Since then, the company has grown and expanded its network and service area to cover much of the region.

Today, Mitsubishi Electric is a global leader in the research, manufacturing and marketing of electrical and electronic equipment used in communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, transportation and power transmission & distribution.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, based in Japan is a world class manufacturer of electrical substations equipment including air insulated switchgear (AIS), gas insulated switchgear (GIS), state of the art protection and control solutions, static VAR compensation solutions and HVDC solutions.

Power Systems Group (PSG) As a trusted partner of utilities companies in the European energy market, PSG business is focused on innovation, and is well placed to support customers in a fast changing modern energy market with tighter regulation, greater consideration of environmental issues and increasing demand.

At our European head office based in Croydon, England, these technological strengths are combined with a proven track record in engineering design, project management and international construction learnt over three decades supplying international customers with state-of-art substation technology up to 500kV voltage level, to offer full turnkey solutions to a growing list of European customers.

Why Mitsubishi

This is an opportunity to work as part of a truly international organisation that is committed to sustained investment in manufacturing, design, customer support and most importantly their staff. We have achieved an enviable reputation for innovation, technology and customer care. supported by a strong, loyal culture running throughout the organisation.

The UK operation is providing an increasingly pivotal role in our European expansion, at a time when the energy sector is undergoing significant innovation and investment. This in turn is providing a platform for talented, ambitious students to gain tremendous experience and position themselves in key roles as the business goes from strength to strength.

We offer opportunities to gain experience in a truly multi-disciplinary environment, to work with technical specialists in power system protection, control and primary plant both in the UK and Japan.


Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald is global engineering, management, and development consultancy focused on guiding clients through many of the planet's most intricate challenges. Our engineers and project managers have taken lead roles in the world's highest profile infrastructure - tunnels and bridges, coastal defences, irrigation dams, energy infrastructure, sports stadia and airline terminals.

The needs of the world's population are changing fast. Active in 150 countries, Mott MacDonald's experts find opportunities in complexity, turning obstacles into elegant, sustainable solutions. By looking at scenarios from a fresh angle, employees aim to add value at every stage, for our clients, our colleagues and the lives Mott MacDonald projects touch every day.

Through practice networks Mott MacDonald's global sector leaders provide expertise, share knowledge and spread best practice for everyone to use. Mott MacDonald employees have instant access to an entire network of brilliant people.

Being employee-owned allows Mott MacDonald to choose the work taken on and focus on the issues that are important. Mott MacDonald is independent in thought and action, and therefore focus on what is genuinely right, not what is easy either for our clients or the company.

The award-winning graduate programme supports entry-level professionals in gaining experience and developing technical skills and knowledge with the support of a mentor and a dedicated learning and development team.

Mott MacDonald's professional development schemes are accredited, enabling graduates to gain chartered status with their chosen institution and providing opportunities to work on some of the most exciting projects. At the start of their careers, all entry-level professionals will enrol onto the Mott MacDonald Academy, a four-year development programme that will introduce key business and commercial competencies.


National Grid

National Grid owns and manages the grids to which many different energy sources are connected.

In Britain we run systems that deliver gas and electricity across the entire country. In the North Eastern states of the US, we provide power directly to millions of customers. We hold a vital position at the centre of the energy system. We join everything up.

National Grid's job is to connect people to the energy they use. From the warmth and light we rely on at home, and the power which keeps our factories and offices going, to the infrastructure and technologies that are essential parts of our modern lifestyle.

That puts National Grid at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society; the creation of new sustainable energy solutions for the future - and the development of an energy system that can underpin our economic prosperity in the 21st century.


Network Rail

Network Rail is an organisation that prides itself on providing an integral service to Britain by running, operating, maintaining and investing in the entire railway infrastructure, which dates back to 1825.

Steeped in history, laced with professional development and an organisation that strives to find and develop future leaders? Network Rail are that company. We own and operate the infrastructure for Britain’s railway. We own over 2,500 stations, managing the 17 largest ones. We run, maintain and develop Britain’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and viaducts. We also constantly seek to improve the service we offer – making the 1.3 billion journeys taken each year quicker, safer and more cost effective.

From the smallest power readjustment to the rollout of our £multi-million electrification programmes, you’ll face many and varied challenges as part of our Electrical, power or Electronic Engineering team. As the power behind the growth of the railway, you’ll work with cutting-edge technology, delivering innovation that is fundamental to our future success.

So, what does electrification power cover?

The E&P discipline is extremely diverse, undertaking work in Electrical, Mechanical and Control Engineering. The areas we cover in both Design and Project Engineering include:

  • Distribution - 25kV AC (including AT) and 750V DC traction power supply systems, incorporating grid supply points, transformers, high voltage AC and low voltage DC switchgear, cabling and protection equipment
  • Contact Systems - overhead line equipment (OLE) for 25kV AC and 1500V DC traction systems, and conductor rail for third rail areas
  • Plant - signalling power supply systems, LV power supplies to BS7671 for domestic installations, points heating, non-traction HV distribution systems, pumping installations and depot/siding and level crossing lighting
  • SCADA - electromechanical and electronic supervisory control equipment for Electrical Control Rooms (ECRs) and substations


Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks)

NIE Networks is the owner of the electricity transmission and distribution networks in Northern Ireland and is the electricity distribution network operator, serving all 860,000 customers connected to the network. Acquired by ESB in 2010, NIE Networks remains an autonomous organisation with its own Board and management teams.
Our role is:

  • to operate our network of 2,200 km of transmission network, 47,000 km of distribution network and 300 major substations to effectively ‘keep the lights on’ for our customers
  • to maintain our network so that it is in a condition to remain safe and reliable
  • to upgrade or extend the existing network to provide additional electricity supplies or capacity to our customers including the development of innovative solutions to manage the increasing level of renewables connections and the uptake of low carbon technologies
  • to provide electricity meters and provide metering data to suppliers and market operators
  • to connect customers to the network, both for new electricity supplies and for new electricity generators.

NIE Networks’ vision is to be a high performing electricity networks company that makes a positive contribution to the Northern Ireland community. Our mission is to distribute electricity in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally aware manner.

Power Academy and Scholarship undergraduate students with NIE Networks will have engaging, interesting and rewarding ‘summer placements’, allied with mandatory ‘year out’ placements with us from their degree programme.


Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid is the electricity distribution network owner and operator for Yorkshire and the Northeast of England. We deliver electricity to 3.9 million homes and businesses from North Northumberland to the Humber and North Lincolnshire and from the East Coast to the Pennines - an area covering 25,000 square kilometres.

Our electricity network consists of more than 63,000 substations and 96,000 km of overhead and underground cables operating at voltages from 132,000 volts where it connects into the national transmission network, down to 230 volts where it connects into homes and small businesses.

The way we use the distribution network is rapidly changing as the UK moves towards a low carbon economy. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic graduates to help us develop the network so that it remains fit to meet the challenges ahead.

We are a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which owns other energy companies, mainly in North America. Our vision is to be the best energy company in serving our customers while delivering sustainable energy solutions. We measure our performance against our six key business priorities:

  • Customer service
  • Employee commitment
  • Financial strength
  • Environmental respect
  • Regulatory integrity
  • Operational excellence

We set a very high store on safety, where our performance ranks us as one of the safest businesses in our industry in the UK.



Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.

As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.

Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.

Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.

In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.

Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company's engineers with the forefront of scientific research.

The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.


RWE Generation

RWE Generation UK is part of a leading pan-European energy company and a subsidiary of RWE AG, one of Europe’s largest electricity and gas companies. Our retail branch (npower) looks after around 6.5 million customer accounts with the generation arm producing over 10% of the electricity used in the UK. The RWE Generation portfolio includes power stations in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands capable of generating over 40,000MW.

We operate and manage a diverse portfolio of oil, biomass, coal and gas-fired power stations, with a generating capacity of over 11,000MW. We also manage a portfolio of smaller cogeneration plants which generate electricity in addition to providing heat to partner companies. Our sister company RWE Innogy operates onshore and offshore wind farms and a number of small hydro schemes across the UK.

Access to energy that is reliable, sustainable and affordable is at the heart of the country’s economic recovery. The responsibility that this brings is therefore at the heart of everything we do at RWE Generation UK.

RWE Generation UK is committed to developing their employees and equipping them to find solutions to the challenges the industry faces.


SP Energy Networks

ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy. We are the first integrated energy company in the UK to generate 100% green electricity. Our focus is on wind energy, smart grids and driving the change to a cleaner, electric future and we’re investing over £7m every working day to make this happen. We’re committed to speeding up the transition to cleaner electric transport, improving air quality and over time, driving down bills - to deliver a better future, quicker for everyone.

Our SP Energy Networks business here at ScottishPower provides power on behalf of supply companies through a network of cables and power lines that we own and maintain. Through our transmission and distribution network we provide power to:

• 1.5 million customers in Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire
• 2 million customers in Central and Southern Scotland

We’re dedicated to delivering a safe and reliable electricity supply to all of our customers 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Here at ScottishPower, we are focused on playing our part - creating a cleaner, more affordable and more secure energy supply for the UK. So, knowing that our people are our strongest asset, we’re always looking for individuals to join our careers programmes whose energy, intelligence and passion can help us reach our goals. Our scholarship programmes aim to help train a new generation of professionals capable of driving the transformation towards a sustainable energy model and who have a desire to develop their career in the power industry.



Siemens is an engineering and technology company and has been active in the United Kingdom for over 170 years.

We have a significant presence throughout the country with 13 manufacturing sites and more than 25 major offices. Today the company employs nearly 14,000 people in the UK, including about 5,000 in the manufacturing sector. Last year’s revenues were £3.36 billion.

Our focus is on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation. We are one of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies; and we are the leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis.

Siemens places huge importance on research and development and on an average day we’ll register 39 new inventions and file for 20 patent applications. Across the world we employ nearly 29,000 researchers, 1,600 scientists and 4,400 software developers; and in 2014 we spent more than £4billion investing in new ideas.


Why work at Siemens?

  • We’re a global company operating in more than 200 countries with more than 340,000 employees. If you want to see the world, you’re in the right place
  • Our cutting-edge research is helping to change the world. Some of the innovations we’re most proud of include the cardiac pacemaker, the MRI scanner and the electric railway
  • Siemens is making major investments in manufacturing and engineering and creating thousands of new jobs; including at our new £160million wind turbine facility in Hull
  • We really value the contribution that apprentices and graduates bring. In the UK we currently have 500 apprentices and have close relationships with a number of the country’s leading universities. We have also recently partnered with the University of Lincoln to set up the first Engineering School to be established in 20 years
  • We want an equal and diverse workforce; we think the key to innovation and success is having a mix of different backgrounds, genders, nationalities, experiences and expertise across our whole organisation


Western Power Distribution

Western Power Distribution is the electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, South Wales and the South West.

It operates and maintains the electricity network in these areas which delivers electricity to over 7.6 million customers over a 55,300 sq kms service area. Its network consists of 216,000 kms of overhead lines and underground cables, and 184,000 substations.

This area extends from dense urban cities, including Birmingham, Nottingham, Coventry, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and Plymouth, right out to beautiful, but exposed and remote rural areas such as the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor and Derbyshire Peak District as well as the rugged coastlines of Devon, Cornwall and Pembrokeshire and the North Sea.

We pride ourselves with providing excellent customer service and achieving outstanding levels of reliability on our system, whilst at all times maintaining an exceptional safety record.

We are looking for graduates who are keen to work imaginatively and flexibly in helping us to meet the challenges for our industry into the 21st Century.

You will be joining a successful team who are committed to maintaining our position as a benchmark among electricity distribution companies.

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