United Utilities provides water and sewage services to seven million people across the North West. It's a big job and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for our customers. From operating our pipes and improving water quality, to embracing new technologies and safeguarding the local environment – whether you're in our head office or out on site, there's always plenty going on. Behind the scenes that means operating enough miles of pipework and sewers to wrap three times around the planet.
By being part of the mechanical engineering team, you will benefit from the shared knowledge and expertise of working with colleagues across all of the engineering disciplines, whilst also developing your own specialist skills.
Our mechanical engineering team is responsible for the development of United Utilities' mechanical systems and also provides invaluable support to our operational and other business colleagues. Whether you're based in our head office or out on site, there's plenty to be getting on with.
You'll be rewarded for your commitment with a starting salary of £28,500, a massive 26 days of annual leave every year, which will increase to a maximum of 30 days after four years' service, plus bank holidays. Our fantastic benefits include private healthcare, discounted gym, flexible holidays, and award winning pension scheme. United Utilities has also been honored by Glassdoor with the Best Places to Work in 2020.
We're looking for enthusiastic graduates to lead the way and help us to meet the challenges of the future.
In your first two years on the programme, you will be expected to have developed your engineering skills in water, wastewater and sludge treatment processes and to have gained an understanding of the technologies, together with company standards and procedures.
- We want you to have a broad and holistic understanding. By working in multidisciplinary teams, you will get to know about other engineering disciplines such as civil, hydraulic, process, electrical, modelling and more.
- We believe these are key requirements in order to deliver robust, reliable and cost effective solutions that are safely and efficiently commissioned, operated, optimised and maintained.
- We'll support you to gain professional and chartered status. The engineering department runs a successful Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) accredited professional development programme to develop graduate engineers towards Chartered status. Don't worry, you won't be doing this alone. Graduates enrolled on IMechE's monitored professional development scheme (MPDS) will have a dedicated mentor to help guide them throughout their training and development period.
- Engineering reports are important, therefore you must have the ability to write clear, concise, accurate engineering reports and specifications with measurable outputs.
- You will be involved in preparation and/or review of mechanical design deliverables including specifications, calculations, reports, datasheets, drawings and schedules.
- You will undertake design reviews such as hazard and operability studies (HAZOP), layout reviews for access, lifting and maintenance and appraisals of whole life cost assessments.
- You will conduct site surveys, investigations and asset condition assessments.
- You will develop high level solutions, feasibility and outline mechanical designs.
- You will liaise with contractors and suppliers to obtain quotations for equipment and services and undertake technical appraisals of tenders.
- You will develop understanding of Water industry, British and European Standards and other statutory, regulatory and non-regulatory provisions and guidance. Some topics include Water Supply Regulations and construction design management.
Knowledge and Skills*
Our team has a strong reputation for excellence and our graduates are an important part of that success.
We require our mechanical engineer graduates to have a minimum 2:1 IMechE accredited degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent (https://www.imeche.org/membership-registration/become-a-member/academic-requirements).
- BEng graduates will be required to undertake Further Learning with United Utilities to meet the academic requirements for Chartership as part of the IMechE MPDS. Accredited MEng degrees will not require this.
- Where an applicant believes they have a suitable equivalent degree to mechanical engineering but their course does not appear on the course checker, they must contact the IMechE for confirmation and attach evidence to their application.
You will need to:
- Have excellent analytical and problem solving skills within a mechanical context.
- Be knowledgeable in concepts such as fluid mechanics, pipework design, materials selection, vibration and industrial maintenance activities.
- Be an excellent team player.
- Be an excellent communicator at all levels.
- Be able to demonstrate ambition and drive.
- Have an understanding of water and wastewater treatment processes and technologies; an interest in developing and/or exploiting new and emerging technologies and techniques.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual assessment centre which are taking place from 6 – 17 December 2021.
We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.*
If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Closing Date: *24/10/21
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £28,500.00 per year
Work Location: Multiple Locations