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Note: Our 2022 UK graduate roles are being managed by the Atkins recruitment team as we move through the transition period following our recent acquisition of the SNC-Lavalin Oil & Gas Division. Find the links to apply for the roles advertised in the ‘Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind’ division on this page. You will be taken to the Atkins Candidate page but don't be confused, that's exactly what is supposed to happen.

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Looking for a career that’s got much energy as you do?

Here's your next move

As a leading Tier One, Integrated Energy Services company, Kent is currently on an exciting global journey of evolution and growth. Although we’re a brand-new company, we’re the result of several of the biggest names in the industry, including Kentech and SNC-Lavalin Oil & Gas Division (including the oil and gas capabilities of the former Atkins business), joining together, so we’ve got decades of experience and expertise behind us.

As we continue to build our reputation across Renewables, Oil & Gas, and Low Carbon markets as Kent, our UK team are looking for the next generation of talented innovators to help our clients get the right energy where it’s needed most.

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Kent Graduate Programme

As a part of the Kent UK Graduate Programme, you’ll be given an exciting experience and wide-ranging opportunities, giving you the chance to find your area of passion and develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need to become an outstanding engineering consultant. To help you on your way, we’ve mentors to help with professional accreditations and chartership. Your managers too will work with you to get you on the right training courses and keep you on track to career success. And it’s not all about work. There’s plenty of chance for friends, socials events and charity challenges too.

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Undergraduates

We also have opportunities available within our team for summer or year in industry placement students. So if the below roles sound of interest to you but you've not yet graduated, you still get a great chance to gain some really valuable work experience with Kent

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So, what are you waiting for?

We’re a team of 10,000 Kent people in all parts of the world, so you’ll get to work on a whole range of game-changing and challenging engineering projects. In the UK, you’ll be joining a friendly community of more than 350 people at all levels of the career ladder, so there’s plenty of support as you take your first step on it.

If we’ve kept your interest this far, please keep scrolling to hear first-hand from our young professionals and discover more about opportunities with our new and exciting company.

Join the future

Our graduate roles

Civil / Structural Engineering Graduate Roles

Our Offshore Structures teams across the UK operate globally in both the Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind markets. As a graduate in one of these locations, you will be contributing to a variety of technically challenging and exciting projects, from designing new offshore wind farms, to helping clients improve their operational efficiency as part of the asset integrity management offerings, developing carbon capture and storage solutions, and even offshore visits to our client’s global installations.

You’ll be joining a team that actively encourages and fosters innovative solutions and new approaches to our client’s problems. Your work could involve the following:

  • designing large scale multi-disciplinary greenfield and brownfield oil & gas projects
  • designing the next phase of the world’s offshore wind farms
  • creating safety critical finite element models in our advanced structural analysis teams using a variety of software and programming languages
  • developing life extension plans for ageing structures
  • determining the fatigue and fracture reliability of structures with our highly specialised experts
  • interfacing directly with clients, representing our teams to discuss engineering solutions to complex problems
  • driving efficiency in offshore inspection activities through development of risk-based inspection work scopes.

Locations: Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Epsom, London

Apply here

Chemical / Process Engineering Graduate Roles

Within the oil and gas division, our operations focus on fixed and floating offshore structures, terminals, refineries, petrochemical plants and subsea pipelines. Having worked on thousands of oil and gas installations around the world, you’ll join a team of over 10,000 experts located in North America, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. We work across the life cycle of the oil and gas industry, finding innovative solutions to complex challenges through the increased use of digital and immersive technologies, and have worked on over 700 projects in the last five years all around the world. We have provided unrivalled technical expertise and support to the oil and gas industry for more than four decades. Our highly skilled teams are leading technical developments across the globe and, with our input, problems are solved and critical decisions are made with confidence.

We have opportunities for graduates across a range of our Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind in the UK. From a Chemical Process degree, you could be working in one of the following teams, here’s a little about what they do;

Process Engineering

Based in Aberdeen as a graduate process engineer, you’ll be focused on projects in the Oil and Gas market, as a process/chemical engineer you could be involved in; working with North Sea operators in supporting them in their brownfield modification projects and/or operational support work in their daily production. This is a dynamic environment ensuring that code requirements, production efficiency and safe operations are maintained using innovative approaches to assets which, in some cases are 40 years old, operating efficiently and safely pushing your knowledge and capability to the full extent.

Safety Engineering

Based in Glasgow as a graduate safety engineer, you’ll work on projects across the oil & gas, offshore wind and low carbon markets, with a strong focus on supporting clients as they embark on their energy transition journeys. As a safety team, we identify the hazards involved in new projects or brownfield modifications, conduct consequence modelling and quantify the risk to personnel and assets. We help our clients to select the safest designs and identify mitigation measures to minimise the risk as well as to meet their legislative requirements.

Fluid Mechanics

Based in Epsom as a graduate engineer, you’ll use your engineering skills to undertake complex Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling to support projects primarily in the Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind market across the UK and globally. We also provide analysis to support large infrastructure projects; notable examples include the Thames Tideway storm tunnel system and the Doha Metro rapid transit system in Qatar. We’re looking for candidates who have a strong aptitude for and interest in fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

Apply here

Mechanical Graduate Roles

Offshore Structures

Locations: Aberdeen / Edinburgh / Epsom / Bristol / London

Our Offshore Structures teams across the UK operate globally in both the Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind markets. As a graduate in one of these locations, you will be contributing to a variety of technically challenging and exciting projects, from designing new offshore wind farms, to helping clients improve their operational efficiency as part of the asset integrity management offerings, developing carbon capture and storage solutions, and even offshore visits to our client’s global installations.

You’ll be joining a team that actively encourages and fosters innovative solutions and new approaches to our client’s problems. Your work could involve the following:

designing large scale multi-disciplinary greenfield and brownfield oil & gas projects

  • designing the next phase of the world’s offshore wind farms
  • creating safety critical finite element models in our advanced structural analysis teams using a variety of softwares and programming languages
  • developing life extension plans for ageing structures
  • determining the fatigue and fracture reliability of structures with our highly specialised experts
  • interfacing directly with clients, representing our teams to discuss engineering solutions to complex problems
  • driving efficiency in offshore inspection activities through development of risk-based inspection work scopes

Subsea

Locations: Aberdeen

Our highly experienced Subsea team operates on some of the most challenging and exciting projects in the Oil and Gas sector, in the North Sea and across the globe. As a mechanical engineering graduate, you’ll deliver engineering assessments for a wide variety of conceptual designs and consultancy studies. Your work could involve the following:

Contributing to conceptual studies for challenging marginal, HPHT or deep-water subsea developments

  • Using analytical or non-linear FE methods to help solve diverse and complex pipeline problems during design and operation
  • Developing life extension plans for ageing pipelines
  • Helping clients determine their decommissioning strategies
  • Interfacing directly with clients, representing our teams to discuss engineering solutions to complex problems
  • Supporting winning new work by providing technical and pragmatic input to support bidding activity

Fluids

Locations: Epsom

Within the Fluids teams you will work on projects primarily in the Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind market across the UK and globally. Some of our recent projects include Prelude FLNG and Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm. We also provide analysis to support large infrastructure projects; notable examples include the Thames Tideway storm tunnel system and the Doha Metro rapid transit system in Qatar. We’re looking for candidates who have a strong aptitude for and interest in fluid mechanics and heat transfer, from a degree background of either Process or Mechanical, modules in this area would be useful also.

Apply here

Naval Architecture Graduate Roles

Join us as a Graduate Naval Architect and you will help to support and deliver the technical aspects of a variety of engineering and multidisciplinary designs across a range of challenging and exciting projects in the UK and internationally.

Whether it’s the design of fixed and floating offshore structures, in both the offshore wind and oil & gas spaces, you’ll help us to deliver outstanding projects that respond to the needs and resources of a contemporary world. Whatever your ambitions we’ve a role to match your passion and degree, while our training will help you achieve Chartered status and develop industry skills that are highly sought after.

We’re looking for the next generation of engineers to join our Naval Architecture team in London. The Naval Architecture team typically work on tasks throughout the product lifecycle covering aspects including, concept design, detail design, fabrication support, in-operation integrity management and decommissioning. Some of our typical clients include; BP, Shell, Iberdrola, Equinor, Innogy and Vattenfall. With the support of the London team you could find yourself doing some of the following tasks:

  • Design and analysis of floating and fixed offshore structures. This could be fixed and floating offshore wind turbines, semi-submersibles, FPSO/FLNG vessels across the life of the asset, from concept study through to decommissioning.
  • Analysis of vessels and offshore structures using techniques including - hydrodynamic analysis, mooring analysis, stability analysis, transportation analysis, structural assessments.
  • Learning to use tools such as Ansys AQWA, DNV SESAM (inc. SIMA, Riflex & Bladed), Simulia Abaqus, Orcina Orcaflex, modeFRONTIER, and Python.

As part of the Naval Architecture team you will be supported in your graduate development as you move toward becoming a chartered engineer. You will be assigned a mentor who will help you to ensure you gain the relevant training and experience to support your journey to professional accreditation with the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Apply here

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Benefits

What you can expect

  • 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
  • Our employee social platform Workvivo provides the opportunity for social interaction, peer support and personal development, as well as contributing to the development of company culture, policies and working practices.
  • Opportunities to further develop yourself through our inclusive graduate development programme, and our long-term career development pathways.
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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Be yourself. We like it that way.

Our people are not only important to our success at Kent, they are our success. And we’re building our business with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the core. We want to get this right for everyone within our walls and within our community.

How uninspiring would it be if we employed people who all fitted into a cookie-cutter profile? So, from the leadership team down, we strive for a diverse and inclusive work environment where co-workers feel valued and recognised for their uniqueness and where inclusiveness is a reflex, not an initiative. Our aim is for Kent to be a place where people can thrive just being themselves. Where there is a common sense of belonging that transcends any role, business unit, language or country. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better results.

"We hire the best, give them first-class training and set them loose. If you’re driven to perform, you’ll fit right in. We approach our work fearlessly, learn quickly, improve constantly, and celebrate our wins at every turn."
John Gilley, CEO
What's it like?

Hear from our graduates

"I like that we are encouraged to be innovative when it comes to finding a solution and that there are options to develop areas we are interested in."
Jack Reynolds
Jack Reynolds, Engineer, Aberdeen
"Although I love the technical challenges, there is also a great work culture and a lot of social events to get involved in!"
Kerrin Graham
Kerrin Graham, Process Engineer, Aberdeen
"Over 4 years of working for Atkins, now Kent, I’ve worked on a range of projects and learned a huge amount across four offices."
Abbie Page
Abbie Page, Engineer, Bristol
"I've taken on the role as Young Professionals (YP) Chair for the E&C business; a community of YP's to engage and enhance the experience of graduates."
Oli Costain
Oli Costain, Mechanical Engineer, Bristol
"I've been able to develop my knowledge in the energy transition space and gain a greater understanding of tech for decarbonisation."
Molly Gunn
Molly Gunn, Civil Engineer, Ediburgh
"As part of the Fluid Dynamics team I worked on the simulation of explosion and dispersion events on offshore O&G facilities."
Alvaro
Alvaro Tenarro del Rio, Engineer, Epsom
"As part of the safety team, I am driven to review lessons learned and implement them into new designs and good practice."
Megan Cowie
Megan Cowie, Assistant Safety Engineer, Glasgow
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