As a multidisciplinary consultant, Atkins plays a key role in a host of high-profile projects. It is the lead design and engineering consultant for the Dubai Metro, the world's largest transport infrastructure project, and is also supporting Airbus in the development of the world's largest airliner, the A380, as well as managing 23 per cent of the UK's highways. Atkins recently designed Northumbria University's City Campus East, one of the UK's most energy efficient major buildings. Innovative sustainable featuares help make it around 40 per cent more efficient than other comparable structures.
OPPORTUNITIES AND TRAINING
With such a breadth and depth of capabilities, Atkins offers unparalleled opportunities to build a rewarding career, working with 16,800 of the brightest people in the industry in 175 offices around the world.
The analytical skills every graduate develops at university will be put to good use as a starting point for learning new problem-solving techniques. Atkins is committed to providing continuing professional development through accredited training, set out by Chartered institutes, as well as a series of development events for all new graduates who join the company.
A company that's as committed to diversity as it is to excellence, Atkins is rated by the Sunday Times as one of the 20 Best Big Companies to Work For in the UK and is also a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer. At the TARGET National Graduate Recruitment Awards, Atkins was voted Most Popular Graduate Recruiter in Construction. Atkins also topped the New Civil Engineer Consultants File 2007.
WHAT ATKINS IS LOOKING FOR
Atkins would like to hear from graduates who are passionate about civil and structural engineering, and have the initiative to take control of their own career. Your communication skills will be put to good use as you translate complex ideas into clear concepts. You should also enjoyworking in a team environment, interacting with clients and colleagues at all levels, yet have the confidence to work independently and make your own decisions.
James Petrie studied for his Bachelors degree in Structural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, intent on following his fascination with bridges by making bridge design his career. While a student, he went along to a number of different assessment centres, but looked no further than Atkins when he saw the career options the company offered. "When I saw the range of projects they were working on, and realised that Atkins is the biggest consulting engineer, not just in Britain, but Europe, I knew this was the firm for me," he said.
After his finals, James joined the rail bridges team at the Atkins office in Glasgow. "The project was Bridge Guard - a challenging project involving bridge assessments for Network Rail in Glasgow," he explained. I got to use a lot of structural design technical stuff that I had studied at uni, it was really useful to start off at such a technical level, assessing a lot of different types of structures in a very short time."
James soon found himself out on site in his next role, seconded to the Highways and Transportation division, monitoring 240 road maintenance work sites. Following a permanent move to Highways and Transportation in the Edinburgh office, next up was putting together contract documents for the Shavelhaugh Bridge deck replacement project, and then culvert design for the M74 Completion Tender. Most recently, James has been part of the Forth Road Bridge bearing and joint replacement project.
"Atkins is such a big company, they encourage you to work across various business units," he explained, "to make sure that you get the full range of experience. Since I joined I've covered assessments, design, contracts and finance - so I've hit the big four, plus site experience, in less than three years." Starting in October, Atkins is also sponsoring James through a postgraduate degree at Heriot-Watt, on a day release basis, to ensure his ambition of becoming a chartered engineer can be realised as soon as possible.
James concludes: 'The best thing [about Atkins] is the range of projects, from small to iconic structures, as well as the support that they give you in terms of training and getting professionally qualified."