Typical annual graduate intake is 70 civil plus 70 structural. Arup looks for creative, dynamic and enthusiastic individuals with a capability for original thought. A limited number of industrial (mid-degree and 9 months in length) placements are on offer. These can be applied for through the website www.arup.com/careers, using the online application form.
Arup also offers a gap year scheme - the pre-university trainee scheme. Every year, about 12 places are offered for a placement which lasts from September through to the following May. Subject to performance, students may be sponsored after a gap year or industrial placement, for the amount of £1,500 annually. There is no obligation to offer or accept a job at the end of the placement.
ICE-accredited training scheme
2007 civil engineering graduate intake; approximately 70 civil and 70 structural
Gap year and mid-degree industrial placements available
Possible sponsorship available after successful placement
Company contributory pension scheme
Subsidised private healthcare
22 days' holiday, plus bank holidays
Competitive starting salary
Locations throughout the UK and overseas
Settling in allowance for graduates
Apply: For graduate recruitment, industrial placement recruitment and pre- university trainee recruitment please apply via relevant online application form at: www.arup.com
Graduate profile Alice Tedd
Alice Tedd graduated from Oxford University in 2005 with a MEng in engineering, economics and management. "The course was mostly about engineering design, but there was this extra element that attracted me," she explains. "I was interested in economics at school."
Alice joined Arup in September 2005, and found herself in the thick of things with her very first project - the new Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport. "I spent seven months there as part of the superstructure retrofit team," Alice recalls. "It was a great first project to begin my career on.
The actual size of the project was fantastic, and I liked being part of the whole development. But what made it really helpful was that the design team really was integrated Đ so the architect and the building services engineer were both in the same office with us as structural designers. It meant that if I wanted to check something or ask a question, I could just pop round to the right person at their desk and have a chat. It was a good first project to work on, I learned a lot. It was especially appropriate for me, as my role involved not having to do base design so much as having to think around the project and its problems. This really allowed me to use the knowledge learned from my degree course. I like working things out from first principles, so it was a good job for me."
From Heathrow, Alice then moved to Arup's London office, where she spent 18 months working on the design for the new Dublin Airport terminal. She has just joined a new team working on Plot Seven at More London - the major development going ahead near Tower Bridge. "I am involved with the sub-structure," she explains. "It is good to be working on a concrete building now, to get that experience, as both T5 and Dublin were steel structures."
Alice was attracted to Arup because she knew the firm had a good name, and had heard that the graduate training programme was one of the best around. Was she right? "Yes," she affirms, "the training really is good Đ I am following the ICE training scheme, and so far I have been sent on a lot of training courses and there are more to follow. I am making the most of it."
Following a first and masters degree in civil engineering gained in his home country of Lebanon, Mazen Omran gained a PhD in hydraulic modelling at Birmingham University in 2005. It wasn't long before he was scooped up by Arup. Mazen is now an enthusiastic and committed member of Arup's water team in the firm's large Birmingham office.
"My main responsibilities include flood modelling, hydraulic modelling and mapping, flow mapping and working on flood alleviation schemes," he explains. "Our solutions must comply with local and European legislation, as well as any physical constraints from the project. It is very exciting and challenging Đ every project has its own different aspect. It means constant challenges for us, and a continuous learning curve."
"Arup is a good company to work for," Mazen explains. "Not just because of the quality of the projects, but also because of the working environment. The company has a great culture and the people are very committed to their work, but always have time for you. It is like working in a big family Đ everyone is so friendly, and keen to help, it makes working a joyful experience. Yes, you are given a lot of responsibility from an early stage, but there is always a person to refer to, and the attitude is that we are all here to learn. My English was not too great to start with, but that has never been a problem, everyone was very supportive and helpful as I got my English up to speed.
What makes Arup different is the fact that it is a forward-looking company where a person can challenge conventional thinking."
"You join Arup to get the benefits of working for one of the top companies in the world," continues Mazen. "The firm is well known for its training scheme - training is a really serious matter here. But there is a great social aspect to Arup as well. I enjoy meeting colleagues from all over the world - and there is plenty of opportunity for international secondments. People who want to work around the world will get plenty of opportunity to spread their wings with Arup."
Graduate profile Grzegorz Babiszewski
Grzegorz Babiszewski graduated with a masters degree in civil engineering from the University of Wroclaw in his home country of Poland in 2005. He looked around to find the right company that would give him the best start to his career, and, once he had investigated Arup's potential both in terms of training, and working on exciting projects, knew that this was the firm for him.
"When I looked at the Arup website, I fell in love with the kind of work that they were doing," Gregor recalls.
Joining Arup in the UK when he was 24, Gregor found himself assigned to a team that was designing an enormous, 160m-high concrete tower structure that was then built in a dry dock before being floated out to sea and sunk in place to form the foundation for an oil platform. "This project was a great start for me," explains Gregor. "It gave me exposure to lots of different skills and experiences, and it was an exciting challenge."
Following on from such an auspicious start, Gregor is now part of the team working on the redevelopment of the London Underground station at Kings Cross. "I am the resident engineer for the project," he explains. This role comes with plenty of responsibility, as Gregor is expected to liaise with the client on all of the technical issues surrounding the project. However, Gregor is taking this level of responsibility in his stride. He emphasises the level of support that is always available whenever he thinks he needs it. "There are many technical experts in all fields in Arup," he says. "There is never a question that cannot be answered by someone. Whenever I need an answer, it is there."
"Arup is a brilliant company to work for," Gregor affirms. "They have sent me on lots of courses as part of the graduate training programme. It is really important to me that I gain chartered engineer status, and Arup is helping me to do it."