Electrical Engineering Graduate Scheme 2018
graduate scheme

Electrical Engineering Graduate Scheme 2018

Sellafield Ltd
Risley, Warrington · Seascale

Job description

We are looking for electrical engineering graduates to work within our design engineering, plant engineering, commissioning and construction professions.

As a Sellafield Ltd graduate, you will complete a 24-month programme alongside our smart community of ambitious, sociable and driven graduates from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

In the two years that you’re a part of the scheme, we’ll give you all the support you need to achieve chartered status and the opportunity to do placements in a variety of business areas. We’ll ensure we maximise your skills, confidence and experience.

You will work alongside industry leading experts, who will challenge and mentor you in equal measures to ensure you are developing in your chosen field.

Whatever your expectation of working with us, the reality is as surprising as it is rewarding. The challenges involved are huge, often seeing us pioneer new techniques and processes.

Design engineering
Within design engineering, as a graduate engineer you will be seconded to operating units throughout the business; you will be given real project work and will be expected to deliver to the correct quality and timeframe. The work varies dependent on the projects in the different operating units.

Plant engineering
Within plant engineering there are two main roles; Equipment Engineer and System Engineer. Both roles hold equal importance and are vital in delivering key work. Equipment Engineers are responsible for specific equipment which can range from sensitive radiometrics right through to pumps, motors and gas turbines and includes significant civil infrastructure and building structures. The System Engineer considers the whole system from a holistic point of view. They understand how each piece of equipment affects their system’s design intent and ensure the systems maintain within their operational and safety requirements.

Construction graduates will typically be exposed to all areas of Sellafield’s project delivery – involved in design and commercial specification as well as on-site involvement with significant construction work in a variety of areas and operational plants across the site. You will gain a range of experiences during your placement, aiding both your career and routes to chartered status in your chosen discipline.

Commissioning engineers are involved in all parts of the project process, as a key input into design, procurement and construction. During the Commissioning phase our engineers will test systems and components of a constructed plant in accordance with procedures created from design information and first engineering principles.

For more information on the above professions please visit Graduates > Programme Areas on our careers website.

Company information

Sellafield led the development of the UK’s nuclear industry, from the production of plutonium for the country’s nuclear deterrent programme through to the development of nuclear power generation. Today we are faced with the challenge of cleaning up the legacy of the site’s early operations, including some of the most hazardous nuclear facilities in Europe.

Each chapter of Sellafield’s history delivered great benefit for the country while creating a complex nuclear clean-up challenge for which there are no blueprints. Decommissioning the site will take us more than 100 years and there is much still that we don’t know. Every day we are building greater certainty and we will be the generation that makes demonstrable progress in cleaning up Sellafield.

Covering six square kilometres, the site in West Cumbria is home to more than 200 nuclear facilities and the largest inventory of untreated nuclear waste in the world. We employ approximately 11,000 people who, along with our supply chain partners, are tackling Sellafield’s current diverse portfolio of decommissioning, reprocessing, spent fuel management, nuclear waste management and nuclear material management.

As a company we are also facing challenges; preparing for the end of reprocessing and delivering our mission as efficiently as possible while providing value for money for the public funding we receive.

Person requirements

We’re a rapidly evolving organisation, so you’ll need to be hungry to learn, with plenty of drive and ambition. You’ll be ready to take responsibility for key projects too, shaping the way they develop and solving complex problems – some that no one has ever faced before.

Qualifications and experience requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Sellafield Ltd Graduate Scheme are:

  • Achieved a 2:1 in a relevant degree subject
  • Graduated within three years of the scheme start date

For engineering subjects, a masters level degree is highly preferred in all cases and for some disciplines essential.

Accepted degree subjects

electronic and electrical engineering



25.5 Days Holiday plus bank holidays


Risley, Warrington · Seascale

Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time

How to apply

Where do I fit into the graduate scheme?
We recruit for various professions across our business, therefore we ask you to consider which profession area is your preferred option during your application.

Although we ask you to select a preferred profession area, we will get to know you through the application process to ensure that where you are placed is the best fit for you.

Online application form – via the Apply button. We recommend applying at your earliest convenience.

  • Aptitude test - You will complete an online aptitude test in August 2017 – September 2017
  • Telephone interview – Telephone interviews will commence in September 2017 – October 2017
  • Assessment centre – Successful applicants will be invited to an assessment centre in October 2017 – November 2017.

The anticipated start date for the 2018 graduate scheme is late September 2018.

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 31/07/2018

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