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Graduate Mechanical Engineer - Buildings - UK Wide

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    16 February 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,  consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world. 

Our Mechanical Engineers apply their specialist skills to buildings projects across the globe. We offer our clients a broad spectrum of expertise and consulting services in, but not limited to, the following types of developments; commercial and residential developments, Universities, colleges and schools, hospitals and healthcare buildings, laboratories and research facilities, transport projects, including airports and rail stations, sports facilities and stadia, theatres and performance venues, museums and Art Galleries, large-scale industrial and manufacturing facilities nd data centres

As one of the world's leading building design consultancies, we offer clients the creativity, innovation and technical know-how to continually deliver their projects on schedule and on budget, without compromise. 


Are you interested in a career in Mechanical Engineering?

Right now we're looking for Graduate Mechanical Engineers to join our team of bright professionals in our offices in Cardiff. 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.
Typical responsibilities could include:

  • Designing, calculating and specifying building services systems, including heating, ventilation and cooling
  • Working with building users and clients to agree design briefs that respond to users' needs
  • Designing environmental and energy strategies and masterplans
  • Developing sustainable design solutions for building environments
  • Developing thermal and energy models to analyse building physics
  • Collaborating with architects and other designers in meetings and workshops to prepare and coordinate integrated building designs
  • Spatial coordination, including the use of 3D and Building Information modelling (BIM)
  • Preparing sketches, drawings and models
  • Undertaking technical studies and writing reports
  • Visiting construction sites and liaising with contractors and commissioning engineers
  • Carrying out visual surveys and investigations

You will provide support to team members to deliver an effective and professional service to our clients. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of our design teams, you will have the opportunity to work alongside experts in the following fields: Electrical Engineers, Environmental Services Engineers, Structural Engineers, Architects, Fire Engineers, Acousticians, Cost Consultants and Project Managers.


What are we looking for?

We encourage our Graduate Mechanical Engineers to demonstrate creative problem solving, innovation, drive and motivation, a keen interest in buildings and the built environment, and a desire to effectively deliver an excellent service to our clients. As such, we are looking for the following qualifications, skills and attributes in you:


  • Masters degree in Mechanical, Architectural, or Building Services Engineering or other related discipline, at 2.1 or above, however strong Bachelors degrees in these subjects will also be considered
  • Studying, or have studied, an IMechE, CIBSE or Engineering Council accredited course


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Team working and collaboration
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in your work
  • Understanding the needs of clients and the project team members
  • Strong analytical skills; scripting, graphical representation and visualisations
  • Commercial awareness
  • An understanding of and an interest in sustainability
  • An understanding of Revit or 3D modelling software is an advantage, but is not essential


  • Be planned and organised in your approach to work and meeting deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for a career in building design, underpinned by a knowledge and understanding of our sector and work
  • Demonstrate a creative and inquisitive approach to problem solving
  • Enjoy working as part of a close-knit team
  • Seek to improve existing ways of working, by finding efficiencies in processes
  • The aptitude to work on your own initiative and be proactive
  • Be flexible to the needs of the business, and changes to project plans
  • Be dedicated to the delivery of projects, and the development of the team and business as a whole


In return, we offer the following:

There are infinite possibilities when you join Arup. You'll receive all the opportunities that come with a challenging, fulfilling career, including a competitive salary and settling in allowance, profit share scheme, a comprehensive benefits package, including a flexible benefits fund and highly competitive pension, an interesting and varied workload, the opportunity to work on international projects, a supportive and friendly team, based in an excellent working environment, technically challenging projects that will stretch and challenge your skills and support towards professional accreditation and career development opportunities


Does this role sound of interest to you? Please find further information below:

We have vacancies in our Cardiff Office.  

Our Graduate Welcome Week will take place in September 2019. Although we may be able to be flexible on start dates we would ask that the successful candidates 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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