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HR Wallingford Industrial Placement 2024/2025

Do you want to contribute to exciting and innovative projects whilst working alongside technical specialists and industry experts? This is an opportunity to undertake a one year industrial placement working with our Engineering, Coasts and Oceans or Ships and Dredging teams based at Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire.


Wallingford, UK


circa £20,400 per annum

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We have vacancies for industrial trainees for one year commencing in July 2024. The positions would be ideally suited to undergraduate students whose course includes a sandwich year in industry.

About the role

As an Industrial Placement at HR Wallingford, you will have the opportunity to work in either our Engineering team’s physical modelling division, in the Coasts & Oceans group or the Ships & Dredging group. You will work amongst a team of specialist engineers and scientists who are experts in their field.

The roles in the Engineering and Coasts & Oceans groups will primarily be based in our physical modelling hall and will include the following tasks:

  • Testing to evaluate the performance of marine and coastal structures,

  • Constructing and running physical models,

  • Data processing and analysing results to enable them to be presented to Clients,

  • Opportunities to work on desk based studies, which should allow you to develop skills in analysis and design.

The role in the Ships & Dredging group will be based in our Ship Simulation Centre and office as well as our physical modelling hall (tasks above) and will include the following tasks:

  • Operating the ship simulator as part of the simulation team running studies to assess port design for the safe navigation of vessels,

  • Working on mooring assessments with the use of our dynamic mooring analysis tools to ensure safe mooring of ships at berth,

  • Data processing and analysing results to enable them to be presented to Clients.

About you

Studying towards a civil or coastal engineering degree, ship science, or a numerate science, you have strong numeracy and organisational skills. Many of our physical models are large and will require the ability to carry, pull and push materials to complete the build, and so as a team player you will enjoy the challenge of working in a collaborative and rewarding environment. You are enthusiastic about learning, take responsibility for your actions and are motivated to deliver. You keep an eye on the detail and are comfortable working to deadlines. Familiarity with the use of spreadsheets and word processing packages is essential, and knowledge of a computer language would also be useful.

If you are excited about this role but are unsure about whether you’re the right fit, we encourage you to apply. We’re also happy to answer any questions by email at Further information can be found below.

How to apply

Click the Apply now button below to submit your application. Your application should include a CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter. 

Closing date: 9 February 2024

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

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