What Could Today’s Graduates be Working on in Ten Years’ Time?

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

In the current job market, students are concerned about what their prospects will look like after university. However, for those studying engineering related degrees the future looks positive, as there are various graduate engineering opportunities on the horizon. Back in March 2017, The National Infrastructure and Construction pipeline set out 700 projects and programmes with over £500bn of planned public and private investment infrastructure. This begs the question ‘what could today’s graduates be working on in ten years’ time?’

North bound

HS2 is a high-speed railway and the biggest project of its kind in the country. The first phase (London to Birmingham) should be well underway in the next few years with phase two planned for 2027. The second Y-shaped phase of HS2 into Yorkshire, the North West and beyond is due to be completed by 2032. With rail personnel being highly sought after to fulfil roles across all divisions, popular roles will include geotechnical engineers, project directors, senior planning engineers and quality managers. The beauty of HS2 is that the project will generate a diverse range of job opportunities. From management to marketing, jobs will be available to graduates from a variety of degree disciplines, who don’t have experience in the rail sector.

Elsewhere in the North is Moorside Nuclear Power Station, a proposal to build three AP1000 nuclear reactors on a site near Sellafield in Cumbria, with the station ideally coming online from 2024. It’s said that Moorside will operate for around 60 years providing 21,000 jobs over the lifetime of the project and 1,000 permanent jobs during operation. Therefore, roles required will range from the construction period right through to operation.

South bound

Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear new build in the UK in 30 years will create over 25,000 skilled jobs and hopefully provide 7% of the country’s electricity needs over 60 years. Although construction is starting over the next few years, it is scheduled to begin output in 2025 meaning there will be roles during its operation in ten years’ time. There’s no doubt it will require nuclear skills such as Civil Engineers and Nuclear Safety Case Engineers as well as subject matter experts like safety and risk managers and multi-discipline layout engineers.

Alongside the decommissioning of Sizewell B in 2035, there are already plans in place for Sizewell C, another new nuclear plant to be built in the next few years, that together with Hinkley, will contribute 13% of the UK’s electricity in the early 2020s. Approximately 25,000 roles would be created during the construction period as well as a long term legacy of 900 new jobs once the station is operational.

London bound

Another one to join our graduate engineer projects is New Tube for London (NTfL), a programme that would introduce 250 new trains and signalling on several London Underground deep-tube lines between 2021 and 2033. Therefore there will be a high demand for workers during construction and so a variety of roles will be available. To see what’s on offer currently for rail in London, click here.

Enjoyed our graduate engineering projects but fancy a role a little sooner? Check out our Highways, HS2 and Hinkley blog or looking for something right now? Search our latest jobs.

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I am currently working with one of the UK's leading engineering contractors who require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience on MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

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I am currently working with a leading engineering contractor that require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience across MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

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