Graduate Vacancies: 350 (2018)
Internships: 150 (2018)
We operate rolling recruitment and will be as flexible as possible on start dates, but most join us by the September of each year.
What does your organisation do?
AECOM is a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.
Delivering clean water and energy. Building iconic skyscrapers. Planning new cities. Restoring damaged environments. Connecting people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Designing parks where children play. Helping governments maintain stability and security. AECOM connect expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes. Worldwide, AECOM design, build, finance, operate and manage projects and programs that unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people’s lives.
What area(s) / disciplines of engineering and technology do you recruit?
AECOM are seeking graduates and undergraduates from around 35 disciplines, including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, building services, industrial and sustainable buildings engineering, as well as surveying, project management, planning, ecology, architecture and environmental, water and energy related disciplines.
How do you create an inclusive workforce?
We facilitate a number of initiatives to create an inclusive environment several are listed below:
- We work in partnership with Where Women Work (WWW) and have developed a microsite with them to support our efforts around Where Women Work
- We track how our diversity efforts are impacting career opportunities
- Beyond gender diversity, we are measuring how inclusive our culture is through an engagement survey, giving us insight into how we're progressing: 90 per cent of our EMIA employees agree that their 'working environment is accepting of differences in cultural backgrounds or lifestyles', while 79per cent agree that 'my manager demonstrates that having a diverse, inclusive workforce is important for AECOM's business success'. This metric is of particular importance to our strategy, as we are seeking to draw a stronger connection between D&I and business growth.
- At the start of the year, in partnership with our client, Highways England, we undertook a deep review of the inclusiveness of our recruitment process.
- We are running a pilot across our Strategic Planning business (600 staff and 40 vacancies) to mitigate against unconscious bias.
- AECOM has achieved a gold star for military recruitment this year
- We have started a blogging programme for any member of the team to contribute, ensuring we have a wide and varied voice being heard from across the TA team to target a more diverse population (this has coincided with our Where Women Work campaign
- We are encouraging people to return from time out of work by offering significant flexible options for work
- We are working very closely with the Royal Academy of Engineering diversity & inclusion programme
- We are heavily involved in the GRC – an REC campaign to recognise the country’s leading employers with one of its principles being Diversity & Inclusion
Top tips for applying for a role at AECOM
- Do your research – have a clear idea of what part of the business you wish to go into
- Get someone else to check your details before you submit them – a second pair of eyes always helps!
- Review the company’s website – so you can demonstrate why you are targeting them. However don’t regurgitate the organisation’s overview back to them – tell them about you and why you match the requirements of the role – include details about your course syllabus to provide further insight.
- Be flexible about where you would be prepared to work to maximise your job opportunities
Name: Victor Ojambati
Job Title: Environmental Engineer
Engineering Discipline: Environment and Ground Engineering
I joined the Environment and Ground Engineering Team as a Graduate Environmental Engineer in 2012, after completing an MSc programme at the University of Nottingham. My team in Chesterfield works mainly on the investigation, assessment and remediation of contaminated and derelict land for redevelopment purposes. Since joining AECOM, I have developed expertise in Phase I environmental desk studies, designing and supervising ground investigation; and undertaking environmental monitoring. My job also involves assessing risks to human, groundwater and surface water receptors from contaminated soil and groundwater. I enjoy going on site as this gives me the chance to apply my theoretical knowledge in the field.
As a multidisciplinary firm, the company has provided me the opportunity to work on diverse range of project including motorways, railways, commercial and residential developments. I recently worked on the A38 road improvement, by assessing the geo-environmental constraints associated with the proposed new junction cutting through a historical landfill.
AECOM has a pool of highly skilled professionals and I have the privilege of learning from them and working together with them to provide solutions to complex environmental challenges for both our private and public sector clients. I have been adequately supported with regards to my career and professional development, as I have been given relevant internal and external trainings as well as mentoring from experienced professionals.
Name: Vinay Lalsodagar
Job Title: Graduate Engineer
Engineering Discipline: Building Engineering - Bridge Structures
I have always wanted an international career. Soon after graduating from Cardiff University with an MEng in Civil Engineering, I lined myself up with a series of global placements. The first was in Muscat, Oman, where for three months I worked in research and development in the field of Microbial Fuel Cells. Later I had the opportunity to go to Kibaha, Tanzania, where I worked with a team of consultants to design a prayer hall and two-storey orphanage.
I had a years’ worth of experience before I joined AECOM as a graduate. I joined the Bridges, Structures team in Croydon. On my first day, I walked in with my limited experience and felt humbled by the breadth and wealth of the knowledge within the office. When I was introduced to my team I realised that I was surrounded by a group of mentors who were all willing to help, guide and teach me. The truth is, even the most senior members of the team are still learning and spending time problem solving. My team is currently bidding for work on High Speed Rail 2 (HS2). We are coming up with concept designs for bridges, trying to make them as sustainable, economical, and innovative as possible. Even as a graduate I have a seat in design meetings and a voice that is heard by the rest of the team. Even though things can be pretty hectic there has never been an issue with slowing things down simply for my benefit. I am involved in creating and analysing models. It can be a fast pace creative environment, where we are often scribbling on pieces of paper, sketching and conceptualising ideas, issues or problems.
Before I joined HS2, I was working on the Wessex Capacity Alliance, where a part of the project involved the redevelopment of Waterloo Station in London. I conducted bridge assessments for a number of metallic structures leading towards the station. Working on Waterloo station was an awesome project to be involved in. Although I was not initially attracted towards the idea of bridge assessments, I have now realised it is a fantastic way to learn about bridge engineering. You are working backwards by taking a structure and understanding it from first principles, thinking about the way it was built, how and why it was designed in such a way, how the loads are carried through the structure, where corrosion is likely to occur, how will the defects affect the structure, comparing its current structure integrity compared to its design, what loads can the current structure take, and if required, how can the bridge be strengthened. All this has really helped me improve my understanding of bridges and structures, allowing me to see the bigger picture when working on new designs.
Working on high profiled projects such as HS2 and Wessex Capacity, has not only given me technical experience but has also exposed me to essential attributes that will pave the way towards becoming chartered and obtaining an international career.
As a graduate, you don’t want to be working all the time. Since I joined AECOM I also became part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team, where we have hosted cake sales, created quizzes and raffles, even dragon boating, all in the aid of charities. There is also the Sports and Social Committee where we have had BBQs, gone climbing, cycling, bowling and so much more. It is one of those things where if you have the idea that you want to start a photography society or a lunch time yoga class, all you have to do is send a few emails around and have a few people on board to make it happen.