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Civil Engineering Summer Placements - Infrastructure - Cardiff & Bristol

Job Details

  • Reference:
  • Locations:
    Bristol, Cardiff
  • Job Type:
    Summer Placement
  • Closing Date:
    31 March 2019

Interested In This Role?

At Arup, we design and deliver groundbreaking icons through our work in infrastructure, building design and specialist technical services. Independent in ownership and spirit, we're a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.

Due to our global reach and multi-disciplinary approach, we are involved in major water, bridges and geotechnics projects in the UK and worldwide. With long-standing experience in planning, design and management, we offer our clients a broad spectrum of consulting services.

We pride ourselves on multi-disciplinary working, an approach which integrates the many technical abilities of our global organisation. Therefore our placement students can find themselves working in partnership with our experts across a wide range of infrastructure specialisms.

About the role

Right now we're looking for undergraduate civil engineers to join our team of bright professionals for a summer placement. Vacancies may be based in either our Cardiff office, or our Ty Awen partnership office in Newport. From your first day, you'll join an unrivalled community of experts, where everyone is supported in their work and encouraged to develop their skills.

You'll help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients. While you'll have responsibility from day one, we'll give you the chance to broaden your skills.

Typical responsibilities could include: 

  • Data analysis and preparation
  • Concept to detailed design including design calculations
  • Technical drawings including CAD and 3D modelling
  • Technical report writing
  • Project and design administration
  • Supporting internal clients such as other sectors within Arup

You will be working on live projects for the majority of your placement, while learning from our highly experienced team.

What we look for

We're looking for undergraduates with curiosity, personal drive and the ability to work as part of a team. If you can combine these skills with an understanding of (or willingness to learn about) the Infrastructure sector and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we'd like to hear from you.

We're looking for the following qualifications, skills and behaviours:


  • Enrolled on an ICE accredited Civil Engineering degree course, ideally at MEng level
  • On track to achieve a 2.1 in your degree, as demonstrated by your module results to date
  • Preference for grade B or above in A-Level (or equivalent) Mathematics


  • Modules in bridges, water or geotechnics are an advantage
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • An understanding of CAD is an advantage
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong numerical skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team


  • Planned and organised in your approach to work and meeting deadlines
  • The aptitude to work on your own initiative and be proactive
  • Knowing when to seek support with a task
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to problem solving
  • Flexible to the needs of the business, and changes to project plans
  • Committed to the delivery of projects, and the development of the team and business as a whole

What we offer

There are infinite possibilities with Arup. You'll receive an insight of the opportunities that a challenging, fulfilling career provides, and:

  • A competitive salary
  • An interesting and varied workload where you'll make a tangible difference to the world
  • A collaborative, intelligent and friendly team in an excellent working environment
  • A challenging workload that will stretch your mind and make the most of your skills
  • The support you need to develop your skills 

Additional Information

We have opportunities in the following teams:

  • Rail - Bristol only
  • Bridges & Civil Structures - Cardiff only

Please state any preference in location in your cover letter, or state your flexibility.

Our placements typically run for a period of 6 – 8 weeks. 

Please ensure you upload the following information as one document in order to be considered:

  • Covering letter - please include the dates that you are available to work, and any specific teams that  you are interested in
  • CV
  • Modules studied/selected to date and grades achieved

Applications that do not include this information in one attachment will be disregarded.

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