Evolve graduates – engineering at AWE

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Atomic Weapons Establishment

We are proud to play our part in developing the warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent. We are also proud to support government with our unique technical assistance to arms control, nuclear security, and response to nuclear or radiological accidents and terrorism – specialised activities that we group together as ‘Nuclear Threat Reduction’. We conduct research and development and take complex concepts through design to manufacture.


What makes us special?

We are the only nuclear defence laboratory in the UK; no one else can do what we do due to the capability and experience of our people and the nuclear site licences only we hold. We have some of the most brilliant people, working on some of the most complex challenges – working with research equipment that can simulate the temperatures and pressures at the heart of the sun; that can x-ray through lead a metre thick; that use 3D printing – making things of impossible precision.


Evolve Graduates - Engineering

You’ve got the talent, the drive and determination and you have a real desire to live your best self and make every-day count.

Why should you apply?

  • £30,000
  • £2,500 welcome payment
  • £1,000 loan available
  • £3,000 Scheme Completion Bonus to be paid to those still in the business 12 months after the end of the scheme
  • A 9-day working fortnight (this means you will not work every other Friday!) 

We are looking to attract, develop and retain the best talent and to support the critical skills we need now and in the future. You will bring the curiosity needed to help you steer and direct the course of your career, and the part you’ll play in keeping our country safe and secure. In return:

  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in their field
  • We’ll also support you to work towards a professional chartership

You’ll also benefit from:

  • A generous holiday entitlement
  • Excellent work/life balance
  • A choice from a wide range of health and lifestyle benefits
  • A market leading pension scheme with a choice of contribution levels
  • Generous life cover insurance and a scheme to protect your income if you are unable to work for long periods through sickness
  • An online financial education and support service
  • Access to a 24/7 confidential personal support and advice line 

What you can expect from the programme

Engineers at AWE work at the forefront of engineering research and development, they play a vital role in the current programme and developing next generation warheads for the UK deterrent. The Engineering programme will allow you to apply and grow your current discipline knowledge in this unique environment and learn more about what you enjoy and where you want to take your career.

As part of the Evolve programme you will:

  •  Complete an introductory project to develop your knowledge and understanding of how the business works
  • Complete 6 month placements in our 3 engineering areas; Warhead Engineering, Production Engineering and Sites & Assets Engineering.
  • Have the opportunity to complete a placement elsewhere in the business
  • Gain an overall understanding of the breadth of engineering opportunities
  • Contribute to the delivery of AWE’s extensive and varied programmes of work
  • Be supported to develop your transferrable skills
  • You will also get the opportunity to start working towards professional registration. 

There will also be opportunities for you to experience (amongst other things):

  •  Warhead engineering
  • Designing and developing
  • Building services and processes
  • Facilities and plant
  • Construction and assembly
  • Analysing through to certifying the warhead
  • Safety
  • Manufacturing and production teams
  • Driving productivity, performance and innovation throughout the lifecycle of the nuclear warhead 

Who should apply?

  • You’ll need to be a British National and have resided in the UK for the past five years for SC clearance (and ten years for DV). We may consider dual nationality for certain roles.
  • You’ll be currently studying for a degree in electrical/electronic, mechanical, systems & safety, aeronautical, materials, nuclear, or manufacturing engineering or robotics/autonomous systems, mechatronics or productions/manufacturing
  • Before starting with the business you will need to be able to provide evidence that you have attained a minimum of a 2:1 in your Bachelors degree
  • Have a growth mindset and be full of grit and determination
  • Be curious. You love to think outside the box, or take the box apart
  • Be innovative and open to learning about new technologies and ground-breaking ideas
  • Be resilient
  • Be a team worker, dependable and reliable while also interested in collaborating with and supporting others