• Graduate Chemical Engineer

    Posted Date 1 month ago(23/10/2019 11:44)
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  • About Costain and your project.

    Start date: September 2020

    Applications close: 31st December 2019

    Location: Manchester

    Salary: Competitive salary, private medical cover, pension, 25 days paid annual leave/year, salary reviewed every 6 months.

    Costain is a leading provider of consultancy, engineering, project delivery and asset support services across the Energy, Water and Transportation sectors. Graduate Process Engineers join the Manchester based Engineering Hub which provides process engineering expertise to major projects, technology development and consultancy services for Feasibility, Conceptual and Front End Design studies.

    The successful candidate will join the Graduate Development Program which is accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers and is designed to equip graduates with the skills and experience required to take them forward in their career with the company. As a Graduate Process Engineer you will be assigned a mentor to provide support in your professional development and to guide you towards chartership. The training program provides “On the Job” technical development with graduates working on real work assignments under supervision and rapidly taking on responsibility for design work across the full project lifecycle within multi-disciplinary project teams. We expect graduates to rotate after 12 months to another sector of the business.

    Costain offers a range of exciting development opportunities to accelerate your career and enable you to achieve your potential both during and after the Graduate Development Scheme.

    What will I be doing?

    • The design work undertaken by Graduate Chemical / Process Engineers is varied and assignments can include work across all project phases including Feasibility Studies; Conceptual Design; Front End Engineering Design (FEED); Detailed Design; Construction and Commissioning.
    • Study Work can include technology selection; process development; process simulation and optimisation; economic evaluation; preparation of process flow diagrams and heat and material balances; input into project schedule and cost estimates; basis of design preparation and technical report preparation.
    • FEED and Detailed Design activities include: process flow diagrams; detailed heat & material balances; process description; design philosophies; equipment sizing and specification; specification of control valves and instrumentation; relief study; P&ID development; design assessments including HAZOP and preparation of operating instructions.
    • Business rotations are a mandatory part of the Graduate Development Scheme in order to expose each graduate to different aspects of the business. This can be working in the same role but in a different sector or can involve other roles such as Business Development, Project Engineering, Design HSE or Work Winning.

    About you

    • Self-motivated graduates possessing good communication and work organisation skills coupled with a record of excellent academic achievement.
    • 2:1 MEng or equivalent in an IChemE accredited Chemical Engineering degree.
    • While the role will be predominantly based in our South Manchester Office, mobility to work on secondment to any of our offices or project sites is required.
    • To enable us to fully assess your application, please ensure your application includes details of your educational qualifications at both degree and A Level; university course modules and projects undertaken, nationality, work permit status (where applicable) and driving license status.


    You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).


    Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.


    It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values. 

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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