AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Working to support UK defence we’re a community of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds in all kinds of roles, with one clear mission - to keep everyone and everything around us safe and secure. To keep life going on as normal. We call it world unchanging work. And it’s vitally important work that we’re proud to do.
If you join us can also look forward to a competitive basic salary, plus a £2,500 Welcome Payment, and a range of benefits including generous annual leave, a £1,000 interest free loan, and Defined Pension Contribution.
So why not take a closer look at AWE today – Graduate opportunities for inquisitive minds.Apply for scheme
- Name: Helen
- University: Heriot-Watt University
- Degree: BEng (Hons) Robotics and Cybertronics
The thing that impressed me most about AWE when I was considering who to apply for was the company’s commitment to the training and development of its staff. Like most people who work here, I was also keen to make a meaningful contribution to the defence of our nation.
When I left university, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. But another great thing about AWE is the flexibility, you are able to move around and try different things. So when you want a new challenge, there’s no need to uproot and move to a different company.
In my current role, I create dynamic models of systems and investigate and improve the dynamic modelling tools and techniques we use. I am the technical lead for this work area, which means that I get to decide the direction we should take and make that happen. I also hold the role of Verification and Validation Lead on a collaborative project we’re tackling with colleagues in the US.
I’ve only been here two years but already I’ve been offered loads of great opportunities and responsibility. As well as the chance to work with different people and travel to the U.S. I’ve also completed a number of placements within the company, one of which involved working as part of the safety interlock team on the ORION laser project.
If you’re thinking of applying, I’d say go for it. When you graduate, it’s important to work for a company that can support your ongoing development. And one that will apply the theory you’ve learnt at university to some real and challenging projects. Not all companies can do that, but AWE can.
Personally, I aim to achieve chartered status and gain another promotion, then take my technical area on to new levels of innovation. I’d also like to be the technical lead on a project in the future.
Training & Profiles
Our Graduate Development Scheme works around you and your role. Joining us in a permanent job, you’ll work on live projects to help you grow your technical and non-technical skills. You’ll learn from some of the most experienced people in their specialist fields, in some of the most advanced research and technology facilities. And, with a tailored development programme and dedicated mentor, you’ll have everything you need to make the most of your personal and professional development.