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Electrical Engineering - Energy Industrial Placement

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Job Details

Deadline: 31st May 2024
Start Date: Summer 2024
Salary: Competitive
Length: Placement (10 Months+)
Roles: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Location: South East
City: Brighton

Electrical Engineering - Energy Industrial Placement

Job Description

This role is a 6-12 month industrial placement within the Energy Systems Electrical Advisory team in either Brighton/Glasgow/Belgrade.

Within the Electrical Advisory team, we work on a large range of projects in a variety of different roles. You can expect to gain valuable experience across different aspects of the Energy Transmission and Distribution sector.

Example project areas include:

  • HVDC interconnectors
  • 275kV/400kV grid connections (cables/substations)
  • Offshore Transmission Operators (OFTOs)
  • Grid stability services (Synchronous Condensers etc)
  • Power capture/storage

Opportunities may include:

  • Technical Advisory
  • Optioneering studies
  • Pre-FEED studies
  • Feasibility studies
  • Lender’s Technical Advisor
  • Red Flag/Due Diligence reports
  • Construction monitoring
  • Owner’s Engineer
  • Design reviews against specifications
  • Construction monitoring

Candidate Specification

To join us for an industrial trainee placement you must currently be at university. You’ll be working with graduates, experienced professionals, and other students - so a placement with us is the perfect opportunity to learn from a variety of people while understanding our values and culture. It’s also a great chance to get involved with real projects while gaining relevant experience.

We encourage our all engineers to be forward thinking, so please bring along your new ideas, enthusiasm, and inquisitive nature to the placement.

We do not have a formal structure for our placements, so you can really make the role your own. The more you get involved and the more questions you ask, the more you will gain from your experience with us.

You will be studying towards a degree in one of the following subjects:

  • Electrical Engineering (or similar such as Electrical and Electronic, Electrical and Mechanical etc)

We are looking for students with the following characteristics:

  • A methodical approach to problem solving.
  • The ability to use your initiative to undertake tasks efficiently and independently.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, which allow you to confidently liaise with clients and team members.
  • Excellent written communication and attention to detail with the ability to demonstrate accurate technical drawings and good report writing.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they have the opportunity to contribute.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at and we will talk to you about how to help.

Agile Working

At Mott MacDonald, we believe it makes business sense for you and your manager to choose how you can work most effectively to meet your client, team and personal commitments. We embrace agility, flexibility and trust.

Job Profile

About our placements

We’re looking for highly motivated students who are passionate about learning from our industry experts. You’ll be given the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working on some of the exciting projects that are helping to shape tomorrow’s world.

We understand that to put your learning into practice it’s important that you’re given an accurate insight in to our innovative industry. With enough work placement experience under your belt you can get just that. Think of it as a worthwhile investment towards your future career.

We place a lot of emphasis on giving you a realistic view of our world, so you can decide if it’s the industry you want to work in.

Many of the employees that we recruit for our graduate schemes are students that have made an impression during their placements with us, so remember, this could be the start of a promising career for you with Mott MacDonald.

You’re probably wondering what else is on offer. Join us, and you’ll get:

  • As a living wage employer, we offer our students a competitive salary which is above the living wage threshold - we ensure that you’re given a salary you deserve.
  • Contributory pension up to 7% of your salary: we have the best people on our team, and we like to look out for them. With our support, you’ll have all the advice and options you need to be able to invest in your future.
  • A flexible benefits scheme: our company is made up of a range of different people and we understand that different people want different things. That’s why with our flexible plan, you’ll have the ability to manage the range of benefits we have on offer, to suit your specific needs during the year you are with us.

Our social side

Being part of Mott MacDonald means more than just work, there’s a huge range of fun and exciting things that you can get involved in.

From the moment you join us, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your social and professional network, whether it’s meeting other placement students and graduates or joining forces with other members of staff from around the company at our annual sports day. Each of our offices have a sports and social committee which will give you the chance to be part of a variety of sports, social and charity events. We’re committed to promoting a strong culture of social responsibility and encourage our staff to play active roles in the local community.

It's worth noting that sports and social committees tend to vary from office to office, so as well as getting involved in what’s already on offer, don’t be afraid to suggest new events or initiatives that you think could be a great addition.

It doesn’t stop there. As well as events, you’ll also have access to discounts on cinema tickets, travel, fashion, utilities and much more as part of our company benefits which you can take advantage of the moment you join.

About Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management and development consultancy focused on guiding our clients through many of the planet’s most intricate challenges. Being employee-owned allows us to choose the work taken on and focus on the issues that are important.

Independent in thought and action, we advise what is genuinely right for our clients, our staff, and communities – not what is easy. We want to do a great job for everyone involved, while offering excellent opportunities for placement students.

Our engineers, project and programme managers take leading roles on some of the world’s highest profile projects, turning obstacles into elegant, sustainable solutions. By challenging norms and unlocking creativity, we deliver long-lasting economic, environmental and social outcomes for societies around the globe. Yet design and management are just the tip of a deep iceberg. Our global team is comprised of internationally recognised environmentalists, planners, economists, project finance advisors, cost consultants, business strategists and more.

How to apply

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Applications may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

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