Civil/Structural Engineer - Nuclear, WYG, Chorley, UK

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

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Nuclear Mechanical Project Engineer

Recruiter: WYG

Location: Chorley or Cumbria, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Rate of Pay: dependant upon skills and experience

Due to recent significant contract successes, WYG are looking to expand their nuclear engineering team. This is an exciting opportunity for engineers of all levels with a passion for civil and structural engineering design to get into nuclear by joining the WYG engineering team in either Chorley or Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District. They are looking for engineers of all levels of experience to work within the team.

You will bring with you a suitable level of technical expertise, management and commercial experience and engineering knowledge, and the desire and ability to continually enhance our service offering to new and existing clients. You will play an active role in providing all kinds of engineering solutions to technically complex problems across a broad range of projects in numerous industry sectors, from private residential and commercial developments to large complex engineering challenges in nuclear decommissioning.

Significant investment in Cumbrian infrastructure is on the horizon, due to the county’s nuclear new-build programme now gaining momentum and the associated non-nuclear built environment enhancements needed to support it. This opportunity is therefore advertised at an exciting time for engineering in Cumbria and an exciting time for all looking to get into nuclear.

Your Role

WYG are looking for ambitious and experienced engineers with sound knowledge and experience of civil and structural engineering who would like to join the WYG dynamic team.

You will be involved in the technical aspects of projects, as part of or leading small teams and deliver innovative design solutions from inception through to the production of detailed construction information in accordance with industry procedures to satisfy or exceed client requirements. It will include new build and refurbishment projects in a variety of sectors.

You will work closely with the WYG Project Managers, other members of the team, and the wider national engineering team to ensure that each project is delivered successfully.

About You

You are a chartered, or near chartered engineer with strong technical knowledge and experience of delivering civil and structural engineering projects and of managing these to meet deadlines. You have an understanding of, and experience in, the civil nuclear industry, and are looking to continue working in the environment and getting into nuclear.

You understand and operate within management systems for quality, financial and project controls and have good commercial management experience and knowledge of change control.

You are a keen, progressive, versatile individual, and you are willing to go the extra mile to ensure work is delivered correctly, accurately and on time even if it includes, on occasion, working outside of normal office hours.

You have a strong commitment to knowledge acquisition, CPD, and mentoring engineers within the office.

About WYG

WYG is an award-winning professional services firm operating from more than 50 locations across the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. They are driven by client service and underpinned by technical excellence. They help their clients create value, protect value, and manage risk. They are the partner of choice for organisations operating in complex or challenging environments and are providing numerous opportunities to get into nuclear to the right candidate.

WYG serve their clients through three interconnected business streams:

  • WYG Advisory is a proactive management consultancy designed to help identify opportunities for our clients, support their decision-making processes and deliver effective programmes.

  • WYG Consulting assembles specialist teams to offer high value services to the markets in which we operate.

  • WYG International Development works to optimise the value and impact of donor funded projects in collaboration with our partners and other stakeholders. It aims to improve socio-economic stability, enhance infrastructure and unlock the potential for sustainable development.

WYG PLC's shares are traded on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange.


A rewarding future is yours at WYG. They are committed to supporting your personal aspirations and with clear career paths and a wide range of opportunities, your goals will always be within reach. Their blended learning experience will help you develop all the skills and qualifications you need to succeed. Fantastic flexible benefits and personalised rewards make up an excellent package. A great place to get into nuclear.

Get Into Nuclear

This is a fantastic opportunity of getting into nuclear for someone who is an experienced Civil and Structural Engineer who has worked in a regulated industry who is looking to get into nuclear.

Looking at this opportunity by applying the Get Into Nuclear six step process to finding your way to getting into nuclear would look something like this:

#1 Know who you are: you are an experience Civil and Structural Engineer who has experience of working in a regulated industry (i.e. working to stringent technical and quality requirements). You are hard working and happy to work outside of the normal working day if and when required to ensure successful delivery of your nuclear project. Specific nuclear experience would be much preferred but should not be a barrier to you submitting your interest to apply for the job.

#2 Know what you want: you want to continue to working in civil and structural engineering projects and would like the chance to work within one of the most prominent companies in the UK Nuclear Industry.

#3 Know the Business: there is a continued need for design engineers within the UK Nuclear Industry and particularly civil, structural and architectural engineers. This demand is only going to rise and sustained opportunities are around to stay and companies such as WYG will be picking up a lot of the new nuclear projects.

#4 Know the Skills:

  • SQEP in Civil and Structural Design Engineering

  • Experience of managing a team

  • Demonstrate delivery to time and cost

  • Knowledge of the UK Nuclear Industry and Quality requirements

#5 Know the people: This role is being recruited directly by WYG. WYG has many employees and quick LinkedIn search will no doubt find someone that you already know are linked to them. That being said the WYG recruitment portal is pretty good and you'll get a call usually within a day or two following you throwing your hat into the ring.

#6 Be known: if you feel that you are ready for the particular role, go for it! You can find the application page from the link above at the top of the page. If you would like us to have a review of your CV before submitting your application by all means pass this on to us via If this role is something that you would be keen to get into but need implement a little personal development in stage 4 above you may find our Nuclear Career Hub of use.

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