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Opus

Opus is a leading international multidisciplinary consultancy, with more than 2,000 staff based in offices in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Opus people find themselves at the forefront of award-winning and innovative projects, working in the key areas of transportation, buildings, water and other infrastructure. The company's reputation is built on the successful delivery of challenging and exciting projects. The future is equally exciting, with a wide range of projects presenting a variety of career opportunities.

Opus makes a point of looking after graduate engineers to ensure that individuals get the best start to their careers. The company offers quality training and development programmes, as well as work flexibility. Graduate engineers who join Opus find that they can develop their own career in a particular discipline or chosen interest through structured internal training programmes, postgraduate study and general management training programmes. Professional development is encouraged at every stage.

Graduates find themselves working from day one with multidisciplinary teams on a range of different projects. A mix of both office and site experience is guaranteed, with support from experienced colleagues who are able and willing to offer technical advice.

As part of the company's structured international graduate development programme, there will be an opportunity to gain additional responsibility, backed with mentoring support. Graduates are encouraged to take advantage of the career and project opportunities on offer at offices overseas. Great teamwork and social interaction is a key part of the Opus culture.

For more details of the Opus graduate programme and to apply online, visit www.opusinternational.co.uk.


BENEFITS

 Variety of work across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada

 Interaction in a multidisciplinary environment

 Mentoring

 Great training and development opportunities

 Formal process for professional registration

 Competitive remuneration

 Fun team environment

Graduate profile Lindsey Barrett

Fresh from an intensive commercial dive course, graduate underwater engineer Lindsey Barrett is ready to kickstart her career in underwater engineering. Lindsey joined Opus subsidiary Sub-Surface Engineering Ltd, after completing a structural engineering degree at Cranfield University, Defence College of Management and Technology.

Lindsey is based at Opus' Fareham office, where she combines engineering with underwater inspections as she works towards becoming chartered. Opus' underwater capability provides an additional specialist service offered to its wide client base.

During her recent dive course, Lindsey trained to complete underwater searches, which involved swimming in a variety of search patterns. "No visibility was the hardest sensation for everyone to get used to, swimming through dark clouds of sediment, trying to keep your depth constant so as not to ascend by mistake," explains Lindsey. This will perhaps be one of the most useful skills she will take forward, as limited visibility is a common occurrence for an inshore diver.

On the dive course, Lindsey got to grips with handling a number of instruments underwater. She learnt to chainsaw, use a pressure jet, and about airlifting and how to undertake pile surveys.

It's proving to be an exciting time for Lindsey, who is now putting her training into practice, beginning with an underwater canal inspection at Abergavenny in South Wales.

Graduate profile Alex Walters

Alex is a graduate structural engineer at the Opus Cardiff office. She joined Opus in 2006, after spending her penultimate summer break from university working for the company. "The work placement was a huge learning curve for me, I really enjoyed myself and I was able to get a real working insight into the industry," she says.

Alex is currently building up her experience working on a range of projects. "I get plenty of opportunities to be involved in the whole design process. Most of the projects I'm working on are currently at the design stage, so once they get to construction I'll have the chance to build up experience onsite." she says.

"I feel really lucky to have the support of the senior engineers at Cardiff who, however busy, are always willing to make time to help. I'm also enjoying getting first-hand experience working closely with architects and contractors."

Conservation engineering is the area where Alex's sights are now set, and Opus' study award scheme is assisting with fees to fund her on a masters degree in the conservation of historic buildings. "It's a great confidence boost, and really encouraging that Opus is supporting me in my career development."

Alex is at the right office for this area of work; the conservation team carry out a diverse range of civil and structural engineering work for the Welsh Assembly government's historic environment division (Cadw), which includes projects at both Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch.

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