Graduate Mechanical Engineer

  • Job Reference: 15521
  • Date Posted: 21 November 2020
  • Employer: United Utilities
  • Location: Warrington, Cheshire
  • Salary: £28,500
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Graduate Mechanical Engineer (15521)

Job ID: 15521
Location: Warrington, UK
Salary: £28,500.00
Working Hours: 37.00 per week

Job Purpose

United Utilities provides water and sewage services to seven million people across the North West. It's a big job and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for our customers. From operating our pipes and improving water quality, to embracing new technologies and safeguarding the local environment – whether you're in our head office or out on site, there's always plenty going on. Behind the scenes that means operating enough miles of pipework and sewers to wrap three times around the planet.

By being part of the Mechanical Engineering team, you will benefit from the shared knowledge and expertise of working with colleagues across all of the Engineering disciplines, whilst also developing your own specialist skills.

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

  • After 12 to 24 months on the programme, you will be expected to have developed your engineering skills in water, wastewater and sludge treatment processes and to have gained an understanding of the technologies, together with company standards and procedures.
  • We want you to have a broad and holistic understanding. So you will get to know about other engineering disciplines such as civil, hydraulic, process, electrical, modelling and more. We believe these are key requirements in order to deliver robust, reliable and cost effective solutions that are safely and efficiently commissioned, operated, optimised and maintained. 
  • We'll support you to gain professional and chartered status. The engineering department runs a successful, IMechE-accredited professional development programme to develop graduate engineers towards Chartered status. Don't worry, you won't be doing this alone. Graduates enrolled on the MPDS will have a dedicated mentor to help guide them throughout their training and development period.
  • Engineering reports are important, therefore you must have the ability to write clear, concise, accurate engineering reports and specifications with measurable outputs. 
  • You will be involved in preparation and/or review of mechanical design deliverables including specifications, calculations, reports, datasheets, drawings and schedules. 
  • You will conduct site surveys, investigations and asset condition assessments. 
  • You will develop high level solutions, feasibility and outline mechanical designs. 
  • You will liaise with contractors and suppliers to obtain quotations for equipment and services and undertake technical appraisals of tenders. 
  • You will develop understanding of HAZOP, DSEAR, CDM, WIMES, Sewers for Adoption, British and European Standards and other statutory, regulatory and non-regulatory provisions and guidance. 


Knowledge and Skills

  • Minimum 2:1 IMechE accredited degree in Mechanical or equivalent. Where an applicant believes they have a suitable equivalent degree to Mechanical Engineering, a list of relevant modules must be submitted.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills within a mechanical context.
  • Strong grasp of concepts such as fluid mechanics, pipework design, materials selection, vibration and industrial maintenance activities.
  • Written and communication skills.
  • Good team working skills.  


Desirable Criteria

  • Understanding of water and wastewater treatment processes and technologies; an interest in developing and/or exploiting new and emerging technologies and techniques.

Additional Information


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual assessment centre in late January. Dates to be confirmed.


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.