Apprenticeships - Water Engineering

Apprenticeships - Water Engineering

Competitive salary
East Midlands · East of Englandand 9 others

Job description

AECOM invest heavily in the quality of our apprentice and trainee programme and the opportunities it provides. Of course we do — it is designed to equip our future leaders and technical experts. AECOM currently has more than 200 apprentices and trainees across the UK & Ireland, learning from some of the most talented and renowned experts in their field, bringing fresh approaches and further diversifying our workforce.

We are looking for circa 15 apprentices and trainees to join our water engineering teams across the UK, in our wastewater, water resources, and civil infrastructure water teams. Communities around the globe are challenged to find effective ways to manage water throughout the water cycle restoring the water we use to continue sustaining the natural environment. At AECOM, our Water specialists work together worldwide to find innovative solutions to the management of water.

Our work includes, flood management, integrated catchment management, hydraulic modelling, hydrology, sustainable drainage, water sensitive urban design, dam and reservoir design, hydro-power, mains infrastructure design (clean and foul), non-infrastructure design (pumping stations, storage tanks), and hydro-power.

Our AECOM water teams have worked on projects such as:

  • Chester Zoo – Using 360 ingenuity, AECOM designed unique drainage strategies complementing the attraction’s natural aesthetics, including a bespoke Orang-utan proof filter trench and reed beds that treat runoff from the Banteng enclosure.
  • For the Jeddah Stormwater Drainage Programme AECOM delivered fast-tracked solutions including 10 flood-protection dams and 170km of channels and conduits to protect the city’s 3.5 million residents.
  • During Northern Ireland Water’s Integrated Wastewater Framework AECOM delivered services from concept to commissioning on a £150M capital programme involving new wastewater treatment works and major wastewater infrastructure upgrades throughout Northern Ireland. Services included feasibility, design, contract management and site supervision.
  • The Grampian growth model was initiated by Scottish Water in response to the substantial levels of development activity predicted across the region over the next 20 years. AECOM successfully built a large scale computerised model of the mains network for use as a hydraulic tool to assess the impact of the growth and develop sustainable measures to ensure all customers, both existing and future, continue to receive the highest possible level of service.

Working on a wide variety of projects with a variety of clients ensures real opportunities for personal growth and career progression as our apprentices and trainees develop professionally within a positive culture where learning and development is actively supported and promoted. Responsibilities may include:

  • Production of CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawings
  • Preparation of simple civil calculations
  • Undertaking graphical design and desk top publishing
  • Supporting the administration of projects, including maintaining records
  • Assisting with data review and analysis
  • Ensuring outputs are accurate and meet the required standards
  • Meeting agreed deadlines
  • Working as a member of a team
  • Contributing to providing solutions to technical engineering problems
  • Assisting with site visits to collect information or observe existing projects

Company information

With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in more than 150 countries around the world following the acquisition of URS, AECOM is a premier, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm. AECOM is ranked as the number one engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings. The company is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM companies, including URS, had revenue of $19.2 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2014.

We create comprehensive delivery solutions for water, wastewater and wet weather systems, desalination, water resources, water reuse, tunneling, and community infrastructure through traditional and alternative delivery services such as program management and design-build.

Person requirements

Our Structured Training Excellence Programme (STEP) is designed to recruit school-leavers who show commitment, aptitude and enthusiasm, into science, engineering and technology careers with us. You will combine work-based on-the-job training and learning with further studies and must be willing to progress your career. After an initial probationary period you must be willing to undertake a day release course at a further education college to study a BTEC level three or HND in a relevant discipline which would be funded by AECOM. Your NVQ level three will be achieved during this time through your work experience.

Driven by the successful completion of BTEC level three or a HNC the successful applicant may want to continue their studies at a higher level. AECOM fully expects this and is keen to develop and nurture its talent. For those wishing to progress their education AECOM may continue to support individuals through an appropriate part-time BSc/BEng degree course to support you towards incorporated engineer status and subsequently chartered engineer status.


Competitive salary


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Contract and working hours

Permanent · Full-time

Start date


How to apply

Number of vacancies: 15

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 13/04/2017