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Airport Planning and Engineering Graduate Scheme 2023

Atkins Ltd
Epsom, Surrey
Closing date
9 Mar 2023

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Engineering & Aerospace
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Graduate, Other work and training
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Transform our urban legacy

Are you ready to be part of a well-respected team with a solid reputation in the engineering industry? Join our Graduate Development Programme, where you'll be trusted with complex work, receiving all levels of support from line managers to senior leaders.

While you grow in areas that excite you, we also encourage you to maintain a positive work-life balance. So, during our recruitment process, tell us what matters to you. Speak to us about how we support wellbeing in and out of the office – including different ways to be flexible around work. Let's also talk about some of our recent pledges for women's equality and how we're Disability Confident and an inclusive employer.

With Atkins, you'll be in great company.

Where you could work

We’re actively seeking graduates to join our growing internationally respected Airport team. We’re well established at all major UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester and have a growing portfolio of overseas commissions, so can offer exciting opportunities to support on a wide range of UK and international airport projects.

Whether you join the Airport Planning or Airfield Civil Engineering team, you’ll be supported by passionate industry experts to reach your potential. We’re committed to providing an inclusive culture, based on trust and transparency, where you’ll be encouraged to collaborate, share ideas and listen to different perspectives, ensuring our continued success.

Airport Planning

Degree requirements: Minimum of a 2.2 Master's degree in an Air Transport related discipline
Location: Epsom

As an Airport Planning Graduate, you’ll be undertaking a variety of airport-related planning students and assessments. Holding an Air Transport related post graduate qualification, you’ll have knowledge and/or experience of airport planning, and an understanding of airfield planning, terminal planning, surface access planning, facilities planning and CAA, EASA, ICAO and IATA standards. You’ll also have an understanding of the key drivers of Airport Planning and Development, including the interactions between aviation and airport operations, people and baggage movement, development, planning and design concept, retail, advertising, and surface access. You’ll develop your capabilities in geometric design, Airport Modelling and Simulation tools plus spreadsheet and database skills.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing airport masterplans
  • Scoping and undertaking studies on airfield layout, apron configuration and passenger terminal planning and surface access planning
  • Data analysis, demand and capacity assessment and interpretation thereof
  • Benchmarking to support analysis, modelling and simulation
  • Writing of technical reports and presentations
  • Attending and presenting at project meetings
  • Support to the marketing team in business development activities including input to tenders

Join us and you’ll have opportunities for international travel, potentially spending extended periods outside of the UK and the support of a team with exemplary technical, engineering, operational and leadership backgrounds from across the aviation sector.

Airfield Civil Engineering

Degree requirements: Minimum of a 2.2 Master's degree in Civil Engineering
Location: Epsom

As a Civil Engineering graduate with a demonstrable interest in airports and/or pavements, you’ll be given opportunities to work on a variety of airport-related design projects. You’ll collaborate closely with clients to understand their needs and develop communication skills to effectively engage with a range of stakeholders. You’ll build a sound knowledge of aviation standards and regulations including EASA, CAA, and ICAO. You’ll develop your database and spreadsheet skills, as well as design skills using AutoCad, particularly geometry.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Engineering design for airfield engineering projects including:
  • Design of new airfield infrastructure projects including runway, taxiways and aircraft standsy
  • Rehabilitation projects to extend the life of airport runways, taxiways and stands
  • Planning airfield development projects
  • Airfield asset surveys to understand pavement condition
  • Writing technical reports and presentations
  • Attending client meetings
  • Presenting technical work to non-technical audiences
  • Building new and nurturing existing client relationships
  • Improving sustainability in the projects including carbon assessment and reduction
  • Collaborating with the marketing team on business development activities including tenders
  • Promoting digital developments in the Aviation Engineering sector

Our team will support you through our Institution of Civil Engineers training scheme to enable you to achieve Chartered Engineer status and beyond.

About you

We’re not all the same, and that’s our greatest strength. Different views and opinions enhance our ability to provide value-added performance and better services for our clients. That’s why we believe different, makes a difference. Reaching your full potential means being able to bring your whole self to work and being respected for the different opinions, strengths and experience you bring.

Our graduate programme has been designed to give you an insight into the huge variety and the chance to explore where your own skills and interests lie. Through a combination of on-the-job learning and practical skills development within your chosen role, you’ll work on real projects from day one that offer scale and variety collaborating with others and creating meaningful impact on the world around us. You’ll work towards your professional accreditation; whichever path you take, your future starts here.

Find out more about why we believe ‘Different, makes a difference’.

What you’ll need?

  • A passion for working in a consultancy environment
  • Embracing equality, diversity and inclusion in everything you do
  • A desire to work collaboratively with a curious approach, challenging yourself to find new solutions
  • Enthusiasm and drive to develop your skillset and seek out development opportunities within a supportive team
  • Motivation to achieve professional accreditation (where applicable)
  • Comfortable to embrace agile ways of working and learning new technologies

Meeting your needs

We aim to promote a workplace which allows our people to perform at their best. So, as well as ensuring you’re rewarded for your efforts, we also have a variety of initiatives in place to create a healthy workplace and support your well-being:

  • A settling in payment of £2,500 when you join and a further payment of £2,500 when you achieve chartered status or reach an equivalent stage in your professional development
  • 33 days annual leave, including bank holidays. You also have the option to buy an additional 15 days or sell up to 5 days
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • An enhanced maternity scheme and family friendly policies
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing you with immediate and confidential help for any work, health or life matters
  • Two paid annual volunteer days to be used with a charity or initiative of your choice
  • Join any of our employee networks for social interaction, peer support and personal development, as well as contributing to the development of policies and working practices
  • Opportunities to further develop yourself by applying to our Women’s Professional Development Programme and ethnic minority Empowering Programme

To view all available benefits, visit our Total Rewards portal.

How do I apply?

Please click "Apply Now" below to register your details and start your application journey. To find out more and for advice on how to play to your strengths, visit us on Connectr.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are able to support you to perform at your best at each stage of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this. So, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how we can support you better, please contact us confidentially on 0121 483 5089 or

Our deadline for applications is Friday 6th January 2023. Remember, our programmes are incredibly popular, and some roles may close early. So, avoid disappointment by getting your application in as soon as possible.

More about us

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years' design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll join a team of people who ask questions, who dare to see things differently and want to build a better world.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

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, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins are an A rated sponsor, if you have any queries regarding sponsorship, please visit our International Student careers page.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.


Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design, engineering and project management expertise. With us, you'll join a team that asks questions and dares to see things differently while engineering a better future for our planet and its people. We're driven to create sustainable solutions, connecting people, data and technology so we can partner with clients to bring the most complex projects across the world to life. 

We have over 18,000 employees in offices worldwide. Our work covers everything from transportation to defence, energy to infrastructure, and we work with major clients like the UK Ministry of Defence, EDF, High Speed 2 and Heathrow Airport and on national and international projects.

We’re searching for curious minds who ask questions and dare to do things differently. 

With Atkins, you'll be in great company.

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