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Graduate Blast Engineer - London and Manchester

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  • Locations:
    Any available location:, London, Manchester
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  • Closing Date:
    16 February 2019

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About us

At Arup, we design and deliver ground-breaking 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.

Arup's blast engineers have designed some of the world's leading buildings to withstand terrorist attacks.

Our resilience, security and risk practice has consistently been at the forefront of the field since it was formed in the mid-1990s. The practice brings together threat specialists, physical and electronic security engineers, operational security specialists and blast engineers in a unique multi-disciplinary environment, helping our clients manage malicious risk, natural hazards and operational reliability in each aspect of their businesses and operations.

Our world-leading blast engineering team has developed an enviable reputation for innovative, risk-based design to successfully develop the blast engineering design of some of the world's most complex buildings and structures including tall buildings, transport infrastructure, long-span bridges and stadia. Some of our recent projects include the Olympic Park venues for London 2012, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Singapore Sports Hub and the Gerald Desmond Bridge in California.

We bring together a talent for engineering with a sound knowledge of fluid theory and the theory of structural dynamics, allowing us to use first principles to understand the fundamental behaviour of structures under extreme loads and develop innovative design solutions.

About the role

Right now we're looking for Graduate Blast Engineers to join our team of bright professionals in our Manchester and London offices. From your first day, you'll join an unrivalled community of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards a professional qualification.

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

Your role will be to prepare blast engineering analysis and design of structural and façade systems, working in coordination with the multi-disciplinary design team of architects, engineers, cost consultants and project managers to integrate our design solutions into the building design.

Working outside mandatory codes of practice in a risk-based framework, you will be responsible for developing the design basis as well as then preparing a design to meet these requirements. At the outset of a project, you will work with our threat specialists to assist our clients develop their design requirements, and will manage the client relationship throughout the project to ensure the client remains involved in the decision-making process about the level of blast performance they require, the risk they are prepared to accept and the design and cost impact of mitigating these risks.

As well as an exemplary standard of technical knowledge in structural engineering, you will require strong skills in written, verbal and sketch communication, excellent organisational skills and an understanding of multi-disciplinary design. You will be collaborative in your approach but able to work independently, and will gain a thorough understanding of the role of a blast engineer, structural and façade engineering design, first-principles design and risk-based design frameworks. At the same time you will work towards chartership through the firm's accredited graduate training scheme and will also be committed to research, contributing to internally- and externally-funded research projects and writing conference papers and journal articles.

What are we looking for?

We're looking for graduate blast engineers with curiosity, personal drive and technical knowhow. If you can combine these skills with an understanding of (or willingness to learn about) the blast engineering sector and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we'd like to hear from you.

You will benefit from working a field which gives you opportunities to acquire skills in a specialist area alongside mainstream structural design, together with high levels of client engagement. As such we are looking for the following qualifications, skills and attributes in you:

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Masters level engineering degree in Engineering Science, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering or Structural Engineering with Architecture, on track to achieve a 2:1/60% or higher.
  • Excellent English written, verbal and sketch communication skills.
  • Interest/experience in fluid dynamics, structural dynamics, post-elastic structural response.
  • Strong understanding of structural behaviour and philosophy of structural design.


  • Desirable Skills and Knowledge:
  • Appreciation of design for unusual or extreme loading conditions.
  • Study of structural dynamics in the design of structures e.g. for vibration, blast, seismic or impact loading.
  • MSc, PhD or other postgraduate qualification in structural dynamics, computational structural mechanics or a related area.
  • Vacation/site experience.
  • Interest in working overseas. We currently have blast engineering teams in Melbourne, Singapore, New York and San Francisco.

What do we offer in return?

There are infinite possibilities when you join Arup. You'll receive all the opportunities that come with a challenging, fulfilling career, including:

  • Competitive salary and a welcome bonus
  • Profit share scheme
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including a flexible benefits fund and a generous pension
  • An interesting and varied workload where you'll make a tangible difference to the world including international projects
  • The opportunity to work in a uniquely important field on international, high-profile projects
  • A challenging workload that will stretch your mind and make the most of your skills
  • The opportunity to work in a research-led field and contribute to publications early in your career
  • A collaborative, intelligent and friendly team in an excellent working environment
  • The support you need to develop your career through professional accreditation and training

Additional Information

The deadline for application is 16th February 2019.

Our Graduate Welcome and Skills Week will take place in September 2019. Although we can be flexible on start dates we would hope that the successful candidate will join their peers for this event.

Please note that we are unable to offer Tier 2 visa sponsorship for this role. Therefore you must ensure that you are eligible to work in the UK without our sponsorship in order for your application to be considered.


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