Graduate United Utilities Lingley

Type: Graduate
Region: North West

Job DescriptionGraduate (Mechanical Engineer) (21665)Job ID:



Warrington, UK



Working Hours:

37.00 per weekHybrid Work: yes

Job Purpose

About United Utilities

More than ever before we need inspiring graduates to join us and make the North West greener, healthier and stronger. We all know the challenges of climate change and by joining our graduate scheme you’ll play a role in securing efficient, reliable water resources for customers across the North West.

You may know us for keeping the taps flowing and toilets flushing for customers in the North West, but we’re also a responsible business who cares about delivering great customer service, protecting and enhancing the environment, caring for its communities, and making sure we’re investing in the region to support future growth, address climate change and work in partnership to improve river health.

Whichever scheme is right for you, you’ll be at the heart of bringing innovation and positive change to the water industry.

Ready to live your future?

You’ll be rewarded for your commitment with a starting salary of £30,000, 26 days of annual leave every year, which will increase to a maximum of 30 days after four years’ service, plus bank holidays. Our fantastic benefits include private healthcare, discounted gym, flexible holidays, and award winning pension scheme. We’re proud to be one of the UK’s top inclusive employers.

We are looking for graduates that have the capability to engage with people at all levels of the business and develop into outstanding leaders of the future. We’re looking for inspiring individuals to help deliver our ambitious plans, drive performance and improve customer service in a safe working environment. Sound like your cup of tea? Start living your future today.

As a graduate in the mechanical engineering team, you’ll benefit from the shared knowledge and expertise of working with colleagues across all of the engineering disciplines, whilst also developing your own specialist skills. Working in multidisciplinary teams will develop your interpersonal skills, and reward you with exposure to other engineering disciplines, industrial operations, and project delivery.

Our mechanical engineering team is responsible for the development of United Utilities’ mechanical systems and also provides invaluable support to our operational and other business colleagues. Whether you’re based in our head office or out on site, there’s plenty to be getting on with.

Job Accountabilities

The scheme follows a placement structure guided by the IMechE development framework and business needs. The activities and accountabilities will vary from placement to placement.

In your first two years on the scheme, you will be expected to build on your university knowledge and develop your engineering skills in water, wastewater and sludge treatment processes and to gain an understanding of the technologies. You will also develop your understanding of company and industry regulations, standards and procedures. This will lead to more substantial placements and projects with increasing responsibility.

We’ll support you to gain professional and chartered status. The engineering department runs a successful Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) accredited professional development programme to develop graduate engineers towards Chartered status. Graduates enrolled on an IMechE monitored professional development scheme (MPDS) will have a dedicated Chartered Engineer mentor to help guide them throughout their training and development period, as well as the support of other past and present graduates.

You’ll also:

  • Be involved in preparation and/or review of mechanical design deliverables including specifications, calculations, reports, datasheets, drawings and schedules. You will undertake design reviews such as hazard and operability studies (HAZOP), layout reviews for access, lifting and maintenance and appraisals of whole life cost assessments.
  • Required to write clear, concise, accurate engineering reports and specifications with measurable outputs.
  • Conduct site surveys, investigations and asset condition assessments.
  • Develop high level solutions, feasibility and outline mechanical designs.
  • Liaise with contractors and suppliers to obtain quotations for equipment and services and undertake technical appraisals of tenders.
  • Develop understanding of Water industry, British and European Standards and other statutory, regulatory and non-regulatory provisions and guidance. Some topics include Water Supply Regulations and construction design management.

Knowledge and Skills

Our team has a strong reputation for excellence and our graduates are an important part of that success.

We require our mechanical engineer graduates to have a minimum 2:1 IMechE accredited degree in Mechanical Engineering. We welcome applications from other courses provided that the degree meets IMechE’s CEng accreditation requirement and has also prepared the candidate with the relevant technical knowledge to integrate into the job role.

Courses can be checked on the IMechE website.

  • BEng graduates will be required to undertake Further Learning with United Utilities to meet the academic requirements for Chartership as part of the IMechE MPDS. Accredited MEng degrees will not require this
  • Where an applicant believes they have a suitable equivalent degree to mechanical engineering but their course does not appear on the course checker, they must contact the IMechE for confirmation and attach evidence to their application.

You will also need to:

  • Have excellent analytical and problem solving skills within a mechanical context.
  • Be knowledgeable in concepts such as fluid mechanics, pipework design, materials selection, vibration and industrial maintenance activities.
  • Be an excellent team player.
  • Be an excellent communicator at all levels.
  • Be able to demonstrate ambition and drive.
  • Have an ability to manage multiple deadlines and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Have an understanding of water and wastewater treatment processes and technologies; and an interest in developing and/or exploiting new and emerging technologies and techniques.

Additional Information

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment centre which are taking place between 6th-15th December 2023.

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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