Nuclear Job of the Week - Assistant Mechanical (HVAC) Engineer - Bristol, UK

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

The nuclear jobs of the week posts aim to provide information on the skills, qualifications and experience required to land yourself a role within the UK Nuclear Industry.

We've highlighted the key points in yellow with nuclear specific in green and provided links to further information below to help you in your pursuit of getting into nuclear.


Location: Bristol, UK

Employment Type:

Full Time, Permanent

Salary: £30,000pa

Would you be interested in joining the Atkins' growing HVAC team in their Bristol office, where we are working to improve lives through safer, cleaner, smarter energy? Then this could be the role for you.

The Role Working within the Atkins Systems & Environmental group in Bristol, you will be an integral part of the delivery of engineering solutions in the Nuclear Energy Sector. You’ll be working closely with clients, completing site and client office visits, plant walkdowns and project delivery with the opportunity for fixed term secondments. By joining the vibrant Energy Business, you can expect to work across the whole nuclear market from Nuclear New Build to Decommissioning along with the wider energy market. You’ll be responsible for the analysis, assessment, optioneering and design of HVAC systems and mechanical process plant, which can be stand-alone technical tasks or part of large multi-disciplinary projects. Working closely with like-minded engineers and our clients, you’ll work with them to deliver cost effective and innovative solutions.

The Person A curious engineer who wants to make a difference, you’ll enjoy working with others, sometimes from our offices, sometimes directly at client sites. You will enjoy approaching things in different ways to find the best possible fit – you like making improvements and consider different approaches, trying to find the best approach to fit whatever is the current context. You’ll be a team-player – you enjoy working in a collaborative working environment where shared knowledge and skills ensure that you play your part in delivering successful projects to satisfied clients. In addition to having strong analytical and numeracy skills, other key requirements include:

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Building Services Engineering

  • Knowledge of thermofluids and thermodynamics

  • Working towards Chartership of the IMechE or CIBSE;

  • Demonstrable ability to be able to communicate well, especially with the written form;

  • An appropriate level of relevant industrial experience.

You may also demonstrate the below desirable requirements:

  • Experience of delivering engineering projects within teams of professional staff.

  • Nuclear Sector experience

  • In the absence of power or nuclear industry specific experience, desirable experience includes work associated with a highly regulated industry (e.g. Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Water);

  • Experience in mechanical process design;

  • Experience of using IES/Hevacomp calculation packages;

  • Experience of BIM, i.e. Revit MEP/PDMS;

Additional Information

  • Travel to other company sites may be necessary

  • You will have the opportunity to work across the whole energy market, including Renewables and Oil & Gas, as well as associated sectors (e.g. Defence)

  • Successful candidate will be required to undergo a security vetting process and offers of employment will be subject to relevant security clearance being granted

  • Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career in engineering, but who cannot commit to full time employment. They support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

Flexible Working We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations. Benefits Please refer to the Atkins website for full details of their benefits package, which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days’ additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave. Training Atkins develops individuals through a tailored portfolio of training and development courses designed to help successful candidates make the best of their abilities and talents. This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Get Into Nuclear

This is a great opportunity for anyone with the experience of working within HVAC Engineering within an industrial environment.

The job specification is very generic. It is nuclear based but is outlined as covering the Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Water sectors. It is key that the candidate must have experience of delivering project and a working knowledge of thermofluids and thermodynamics.

This is role is a perfect example of the roles that are available to candidates who have transferrable skills from outside of the nuclear industry.

Okay; so let's look at the six steps to get into nuclear:

#1 Know who you are: you are or have been a mechanical (HVAC) engineer with industry experience of delivering projects. You are looking for your next move and have an interest in the exciting UK nuclear industry.

#2 Know what you want: You are willing and able to work in the Bristol and are looking for the opportunity of a role in which you are fully familiar with whilst being given the chance to bring this experience and your transferrable skills to another industry.

#3 Know the Business: this is quite a specific role but one that isn't specific to the nuclear industry so there are definitely opportunity to transfer skills from other industries into this role.

#4 Know the Skills: as you can see none of the highlight requirements to land this role are highlighted as nuclear specific. Previous experience in the UK Nuclear Industry is not a pre-requisite or barrier to entry for this role.

It is always worth considering that you need to meet the vetting requirements as a minimum.

#5 Know the people: there are numerous resources out there to support you in finding a role in the UK Nuclear Industry but as this role is being recruited by you need not look any further for all the help and advice that you need.

#6 Be known: if you feel that you are ready for the particular role, go for it!

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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 Training Provider pages of use.

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