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Job description


Structural Engineering - Industrial Placement - Buildings - UK Wide

Job Details

  • Locations:
    Any available location:, Belfast, Cardiff
  • Job Type:
    Industrial Placements
  • Closing Date:
    28 January 2021
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Interested In This Role?

Please note that we are unable to offer Skilled Worker 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.

Please be aware that we can only accept one application during each recruitment period, so please only apply for the position that suits you best. If you decide to apply for a different role, please withdraw your first application before submitting the new one.

To support you through this process we organise regular live chats with our Early Careers Team and recent interns. Please check our website to find out the next scheduled chat.


We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

We are looking for Structural or Civil Engineering Industrial Placement Students to join our well-established Buildings teams. This is an excellent opportunity for a student that is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Building Design sector to join a multi-disciplinary team for a period of 11-12 months to start in September 2021.

If you're offered the post, you will spend time with an exciting, friendly team who design structural, mechanical, electrical and public health systems for buildings in the UK and across the world.  You will work with some of the best experts in the field. 

Arup has a reputation for engineering excellence built on some of the most important structures of the last 70 years.  It has maintained this reputation by attracting, training and developing the most promising and perceptive structural engineering graduates. Those people are now designing some of the most important structures of the next 70 years.  They form a network of engineers that is connected across the world, sharing projects and resources, delivering global expertise with local knowledge.

Our projects range in scale from the inception of major infrastructure down to small alterations to someone's home.  Some are pure art; others exist only to be functional.  They are all rooted in our core desire to shape a better world and to do work that is interesting and rewarding. 

One of our teams is helping finish Gaudi's astonishing church of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, another is fixing significant problems that threaten a hospital.   One team is reimagining the use of an existing commercial building, another is designing the stations for a new railway line. 

Each of our UK offices is connected to the global Arup, linking up with teams designing projects across the world.  At the same time, they are rooted in the community and the work of the local industry.  They provide a work community that is inclusive, and supportive of you as a person, but technically challenging and rigorous.   They will care about your learning and progress and will help you and gain a thorough understanding of the role of a design engineer.



The role includes:

  • Analysis: Carrying out structural calculations, analysis and modelling.
  • Design: Finding structural engineering solutions. Choosing structures and details that are economical and practical, that minimise embodied carbon and achieve the project sustainable development goals.
  • Communication: through drawings, sketches, digital modelling, calculation documents, building information modelling, meetings, explanations, presentations, discussions, persuasions, emails, written reports, chats and electronic messages.
  • Working with teams: cooperating, helping others, taking instructions, giving instructions, solving problems together, thinking beyond the conventional, helping to find new and effective ways to succeed. Treating others with respect, kindness and empathy.
  • Learning: the practice of structural engineering, codes of practice, software, materials and construction techniques as well as all the other disciplines and people that are needed to design and deliver a project successfully. 
  • Planning your work: Agreeing deadlines and working together effectively with the rest of the team.
  • Investing time in people: developing relationships with your project team and your peers and everyone in the office. Contributing to the life of the team. 
  • Working with and living the Arup values: as set out in Ove Arup's Key Speech.



We encourage our Industrial Trainee Structural Engineers to demonstrate drive and motivation, a willingness to learn about our sector, and a desire to effectively deliver an excellent service to our clients. As such, we are looking for:

  • Strong A-levels (or equivalent) at Grade B or above
  • Studying an MEng in Structural, Civil or Architectural Engineering (or equivalent)
  • On track to achieve a 2.1 or above, as proven through the modules that you have completed to date
  • Graduating in Summer 2023
  • Demonstrate strong motivation and passion for a career in Buildings
  • Interest in and application of digital skills, such as computer coding for design automation and problem-solving is an advantage


Does this role sound of interest to you?

We have multiple locations available for this role starting September 2021, lasting up to 12 months.

  • Interviews centres will take place from early 2021, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
  • We want to encourage applications from people of all ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and levels of physical enablement. If you need any adjustments to your working environment or to the application and selection process, please let us know.
  • We open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.  Please let us know what you would need.


Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a great place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. We therefore welcome applications from diverse candidates. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

 At Arup, you'll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people.  As a firm with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate. 



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