Structural Integrity (Office for Nuclear Regulation)
graduate scheme

Structural Integrity (Office for Nuclear Regulation)

UK wide
Time left to apply
3 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

nucleargraduates is a ground-breaking graduate development scheme created by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and sponsored by many leading organisations from across the nuclear industry.

This two year programme consists of three secondments; you can expect to find yourself working across the industry on-site, with the private sector supply chain, with Government and regulatory authorities. Graduates may also have the possibility of going on an international secondment. Structured training is provided to allow you to develop both your technical and behavioural skills building personal and professional development. The nucleargraduates programme is fully backed with professional support to move you towards recognised qualifications supported by a dedicated mentor.

On top of this graduates joining the programme spend 10% of their time dedicated to the Footprints CSR programme – there will be an opportunity to work with local schools, groups and businesses to give something back to the communities in which our sites are based.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) independently regulates nuclear safety and security at 37 nuclear licensed sites across the UK. They are also responsible for the regulation of transport and the safeguarding of nuclear and radioactive materials with a duty to ensure that the nuclear industry controls its hazards effectively, has a culture of continuous improvement and maintains high standards.

The nuclear industry is undergoing rapid change and ONR’s role as a regulator is vital in ensuring new nuclear facilities are designed, built and operated to the highest standards, and in a manner that improves public confidence without compromising safety or security. Also overseeing the decommissioning of nuclear sites and cooperating with international regulators their work is critical to the protection of society at large.

The Office of Nuclear Regulation is looking to sponsor graduates through the nucleargraduates programme. Upon completion of the two year programme those chosen will start employment with the Office for Nuclear Regulation to continue their career and professional development in order to become a Nuclear Safety Inspector.

Working within Structural Integrity at the ONR, you will be concerned with the integrity of nuclear reactors, this includes pressure vessels, internal structures, pipes and supporting structures. Internal structures include graphite reactor cores. We assess the integrity of existing plant and new facilities including the design, operational and degradation challenges that are presented by complex high integrity, reactor and chemical plants. The ONR are looking for graduates who have an outline understanding of structural integrity and wish to develop a more detailed understanding of the inter-relationship between stresses, materials and defects in structural integrity and the different aspects that contribute to a structural integrity safety case.

Now is the time to explore this exceptional opportunity...

Company information

nucleargraduates is a ground-breaking graduate programme created by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and sponsored by organisations across the nuclear industry including Jacobs, Sellafield Ltd, Rolls-Royce, Jacobs and the Office for Nuclear Regulation amongst others. The scheme is also involved with more than 20 other companies and organisations across the industry.

The two-year programme consists of three secondments chosen by you with the guidance of your mentor. You can expect to find yourself working with Government, on-site, with the private sector supply chain and regulatory authorities. There is also the possibility of undertaking an international secondment. A dedicated mentor, assigned to you upon starting the programme, will help you plan a two-year programme unique to you and your development goals setting you on the road to charter ship.

Person requirements

nucleargraduates are looking for individuals keen to learn and able to influence others through their attitude and actions. Mobility, adaptability and tenacity are crucial for this role. Most importantly we are looking for graduates who can achieve real results whilst showing humility as an individual and in a team environment. Applicants must be driven, able to manage their own time and take full advatnage of the opportunities presented to them by the scheme.

This is a programme that will change your life. A commitment to working and living in different locations and communities is a state of mind not just a requirement here. Think! Are you prepared to experience work and life in diverse communities from the tip of Scotland to the foot of Devon, from industrial centres to the “corridors of power” in London? This is a programme that sends you on secondments all around the country, and possibly the world. It will allow you to understand all aspects of the nuclear industry - technical, political and commerical - giving you the 'big picture'.

Qualifications and experience requirements

Candidates must have an attained or expected result of 2.1 or above in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Metallurgy or Materials Science.

Accepted degree subjects

physics · engineering, mechanical



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Successful applicants will then be invited to complete online numerical and verbal tests and a video interview followed by a two-day assessment centre that will assess candidates across a range of competencies. After the selection process has been completed successful candidates will be made a formal offer on to the nucleargraduates programme.

Candidates will be subject to Office of Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) Clearance Checks.

Closing date: 11/12/2016

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 11/12/2016