Graduate Building Physics Engineer

London, United Kingdom
21 Nov 2020
10 Dec 2020
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
United Kingdom - London, London

Job Summary

AECOM is one of the world's largest professional engineering consultancies, bringing a comprehensive portfolio of building services and engineering skills to projects encompassing all types of building and use from world class sporting venues through to commercial properties, healthcare & research, hotels, industrial & manufacturing, and infrastructure both in the UK and overseas.

Building Physics is a specialist team that sits within our building engineering business line. Our Building Physics engineers support our building engineering and sustainability teams and carry out independent consultancy for a range of clients.

Along with core Dynamic Thermal Modelling (DTM) services assessing plant sizing, compliance with Part L2A of the Building Regulations, our team also carries out LEED and ASHRAE modelling, TM54 energy analysis, daylight modelling, thermal comfort and ventilation modelling, low and zero carbon technologies feasibility studies, and supports the development of mixed use masterplans. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) studies are also undertaken on a wide variety of subjects, pedestrian comfort wind models, natural and mechanical ventilation of buildings and tunnels, and detailed modelling of smoke, fire and water flow. Through cutting-edge use of the latest CFD techniques and HPC technology, the team are expanding their capacity in helping architects and engineers create sustainable built environment

When a graduate starts with us we pair them with an experienced modeller who will guide and mentor them through their initial period working on live projects. Training is arranged on our software modelling tool IES to ensure all our building physics engineers have a full set of design skills. AECOM run a comprehensive graduate training program to develop skills in areas including clear communication and report writing, client presentation and financial management.

Early work with us will typically involve:
  • Producing 3D geometry for buildings and developments
  • Liaising with internal and external design teams
  • Assisting in setting up comprehensive energy models of proposed developments
  • Attending meetings and workshops with other design professionals such as architects
  • Undertaking simple test cell modelling to assist with design development
  • Collating evidence for the issue of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
  • Undertaking calculations in various supporting software packages
  • Assisting in producing supporting information for central data bases
  • Understanding and undertaking early energy calculations
  • Supporting the engineers in producing information for inclusion into the main reports
  • Assisting in production of marketing material for internal and external clients
  • Supporting the senior staff in the delivery of projects

As a graduate develops they are expected to take on more responsibility in managing our projects from inception through to completion. Graduates will regularly meet with their line manager to discuss their progress, areas of interest and plan future development activities.

Examples of projects the Building Physics team are involved in include:
  • Thames Tideway - Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of fluid flow, inspection chambers, gates and vortex analysis)
  • Broadway - Dynamic Thermal Modelling (DTM); Planning for site, Part L Building Regulation compliance, domestic and non-domestic, Overheating of apartments, sizing, energy analysis
  • Lots Road - CFD Smoke studies of Atrium and cores, atrium ventilation and stratification, DTM Part L Building Regulation compliance, domestic and non-domestic, Overheating of apartments and Atrium, sizing.
  • Wood wharf Phase 1 & 2 - DTM, Condensation and U-value calculations, basement thermal strategy, Part L Building Regulation compliance
  • Hammersmith Town Hall - DTM, Planning for site, further work on the existing building extension, new office and restaurant, courtyard modelling, Part L Building Regulation compliance,

Minimum Requirements
  • Engineering or related STEM degree at 2:1 (or equivalent) or above
  • Maths and physics A-Levels (or equivalent) at grade 'B' or above preferred but not essential
  • Ability to demonstrate an interest in working in the mechanical engineering or building services fields.
  • Experience of or degree modules relating to; building physics, use of modelling software, engineering specifically, and a range of renewable energy technologies.
  • Knowledge of the built environment would be preferred but not essential
  • Strong knowledge in CFD is mandatory
  • Strong problem solving ability
  • Be creative, practical, adaptable and enthusiastic.
  • Be highly motivated with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with experience of working collaboratively
  • Ability to demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Ability to think in a methodical way to design, plan and organise parts of projects
  • Able to work independently as part of a team.
  • Fluent English

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of CFX and/or OpenFOAM is considered advantageous
  • A background in thermal modelling and/or structural dynamics (FSI) is also considered beneficial (but not essential).

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to "make amazing happen" in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours.

Job Category Vacation Student / Internship / Graduate

Business Line Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 242349BR

Clearance Required No

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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