Mechanical (Piping) Engineer

Posted: 03/08/22
Recruiter:Atkins SNC - Lavalin
Disciplines: Engineering

Atkins is one of the world’s foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating in virtually every region of the world, in virtually every market.  Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time. Together with our rewarding and flexible packages, you’ll have the perfect balance to bring your personal and career goals to fruition.

Our Bristol Design and Analysis team is looking for a Piping Engineer, with a background in analysis and/or design of piping systems and pressure equipment who thrives on challenging problems and is looking for the next stage of their career, carrying out complex design and analysis and rapidly moving on to leadership positions, heading up projects and guiding junior engineers new to the industry.

We need a self-starter who can deliver multiple projects at the same time, working closely with clients and other areas of the business, to capture requirements, set up projects and deliver right-first-time solutions for the most challenging problems in the energy industry.

Does this sound like you? In which case, we’d love you to apply for this role.

If successful, you would sit within a team that is delivering on the cutting edge of complex and novel multi-disciplinary design and analysis projects. We have core capabilities in:

  • Mechanical Analysis - Specialising in complex FEA, fracture mechanics, structural integrity and substantiation against a range of design and fitness for service codes.
  • Mechanical design - Specialising in mechanical, pressure systems and multi-disciplinary design.
  • Materials and Corrosion - Materials selection, corrosion protection specification, and corrosion mitigation strategies.
  • Automation, tools and novel method development.

The team sits within the Nuclear Assets business in Atkins SNC-Lavalin, but supports a wide range of clients across the energy market including:

  • Currently Generating Nuclear Power Stations.
  • Nuclear New Build.
  • Nuclear Decommissioning.
  • Nuclear New Technologies (Small Modular Reactors and Fusion).
  • Offshore Wind.
  • The constant in this role is the challenging nature of the jobs and the chance to provide innovative solutions to a range of problems for several appreciative clients.

The Role:

As a piping / pressure system engineer within the business you will work within small to medium sized multidisciplinary teams which may be based at client offices or plant sites. You will have the ability to work within those teams such that you can effectively support and deliver tasks for multiple workstreams, have a level of commercial awareness and be confident in your ability to deliver to time, quality and cost.

We are looking for individuals with the following experience:

Essential experience -

  • Degree qualified in a relevant engineering / technical discipline.

Experience in piping and pressure vessel design and stressing including a large subset of the specific items below -

  • Plant layout design .
  • Good understanding of piping design codes (US and European).
  • Piping design (valve/fitting/material selection, support specification, detailing).
  • Stress analysis software (PSA5, CAESARII, Autopipe, Pipestress) .
  • Design by code rule.
  • Pipe support design.
  • Process design.
  • Piping engineering (technical specification, requisition, pipe support).
  • Piping fabrication, installation, testing.
  • Extensive level of relevant experience.
  • Experience of pipework drawings.
  • Site support and installation supervision.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Good oral and written communication skills with a proven ability to write accurate, detailed and concise technical reports (e.g. design substantiations, basis of analysis, safety case support references).
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Comfortable with engaging with existing and prospective clients, working at their sites, and investing time in understanding their issues, objectives and processes.

Other desirable experience -

  • Experience with working in a safety critical and heavily regulated environment such as Nuclear.
  • power generation/decommissioning industries.
  • Chartered with a relevant professional institute (or approaching application for registration).
  • Experience in working with design codes such as ASME BPVC Section III, PD5500, RCC-M, ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3, BS EN 13480, BS EN13445.
  • Experience in tool/assessment automation – preferably in Python.
  • Demonstrable experience of requirements capture and task specification.
  • Demonstrable experience in authoring bids.

About Us:

This is an exciting time for us – we are diversifying our portfolio to become a more global organisation, while also continuing to grow our services in the Nuclear and Power New Build sector in the UK. As part of a larger SNC Lavalin global business, there will be opportunities to develop your skills and experience in the UK working across all our clients and also for international travel.

Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women’. We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our commitment to staff development is underpinned by numerous stable and long-term framework agreements with key clients.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active program of in-house and well as external training for all of our engineers.

Rewards and Benefits:

Please refer to our Rewards and Benefits page for details on our full benefits package.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career in engineering, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance. ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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