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Mott MacDonald are offering an opportunity for one student to join the Special Services Division (SSD) for their year in industry. SSD is a growing area of the business within the transportation sector of the company and the team is at the forefront of developing advanced structural analyses and dynamic solutions, addressing material technology requirements, advancing asset life management of a wide range of infrastructure, and undertaking specialist studies for a diversity of clients. We work on a range of projects in the UK and abroad, of varying size. Should the candidate wish, then there is likely to also be an opportunity to go to site.

As a placement student in SSD, you would be working on a wide range of projects supported by the team, which cover aspects such as design, forensic analysis, first-principles problem solving and asset life extension. You would be working in a skilled team of engineers, applying a range of design codes, as well as assessing non-code compliant structures, often using FEA software, to develop innovative solutions for our clients. Mentors within the team will be assigned to help with technical and non-technical questions. We have a strong focus, within our projects, on sustainability, applying this to the solutions we develop for designs both environmentally and socially, as well as developing tools to aid with these processes.

Candidate specification

We are currently recruiting for committed and motivated students with a genuine passion for problem solving, complex analysis and a desire to make a difference in the world. The SSD team has a focus on specialist skills such as dynamics, vibration and non-linear problems, so a keen interest in these areas and willingness to learn is required.

To be eligible for this opportunity, you will have less than 12 months relevant experience and be studying a degree in one of the following degree disciplines:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Engineering (with a specialism in one of the above)

In your application you should be able to demonstrate your interest in the role and working at Mott MacDonald through relevant experience, such as studying relevant modules, or previous work experience.

We are looking for applicants with the following characteristics:

  • Methodical approach to problem solving
  • Ability to use your initiative to undertake tasks efficiently and independently and a willingness to learn.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, which allow you to confidently liaise with clients and team members.
  • Excellent written communication and attention to detail and be able to demonstrate accurate technical drawings and good report writing.

As we want the best people for the role, we support flexible working. Please ask us at interview stage about any flexibility you may need.


About your development

From the moment you join us, you’ll receive the training you need to help learn the skills required for the job. You will be assigned a line manager, and buddy, who will guide you to meet the objectives of your university’s requirements during your placement.

What else is involved?

We understand that each person’s career goals vary, therefore we tailor make each individual’s development programme to suit them. With our vast library of e-learning courses available to you, you can choose which direction you want your career to go in.

Further to project work, Mott Macdonald also encourages employees to participate in schemes outside of the office, such as projects we run with schools and other volunteering opportunities.

You will have the opportunity to make a difference; learn more about our Social Outcomes and the difference we can make!

What we offer

You’re probably wondering what else is on offer. Join us, and you’ll get:

  • A competitive salary: we will ensure that you’re given a salary that matches the current industry standard.
  • Contributory pension up to 7% of your salary: we have the best people on our team, and we like to look out for them. With our support, you’ll have all the advice and options you need to be able to invest in your future.
  • A flexible benefits scheme: our company is made up of a range of different people and we understand that different people want different things. That’s why with our flexible plan, you’ll have the ability to manage the range of benefits we have on offer, to suit your specific needs.

Our social side

Being part of Mott MacDonald means more than just work, there’s a huge range of fun and exciting things that you can get involved in. Special Services has an assigned social team, who arranges socials each month, providing an opportunity for colleagues to relax and socialise.

From the moment you join us, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your social and professional network, whether it’s meeting other graduates or joining forces with other members of staff from around the company at our annual sports day. Each of our offices have a sports and social committee which will give you the chance to be part of a variety of sports, social and charity events. We’re committed to promoting a strong culture of social responsibility and encourage our staff to play active roles in the local community.

It's worth noting that sports and social committees tend to vary from office to office, so as well as getting involved in what’s already on offer, don’t be afraid to suggest new events or initiatives that you think could be a great addition.

It doesn’t stop there. As well as events, you’ll also have access to discounts on cinema tickets, travel, fashion, utilities and much more as part of our company benefits which you can take advantage of the moment you join.