Full-time Graduate Engineer Vacancy

Job Description

We currently have a vacancy for a Full-time (permanent) Graduate Engineer to assist with our ongoing wastewater treatment related assignments and projects in the UK and Overseas.

Our team is at the forefront of many key wastewater projects across the UK and Ireland. The successful candidate will be able to deliver solutions that prioritise innovation and sustainability working with leading household name brands and consumer products. You will be given early exposure to wastewater treatment plant design and operation working closely with our clients.

The selected candidate shall be educated to degree level in a relevant Engineering discipline (Chemical, Mechanical, Environmental or Process Engineering) and be capable of assisting with the preparation of technical reports and design specifications for key clients from initial concept through to design and formal presentations to client.

The ideal candidate will have some experience (≥ 6 months) working in an industrial setting and will have the ability to, after coaching and development, be capable of leading design project(s) in time.

Some experience in the water and wastewater or food and drink industry would be advantageous but is not essential.

You will be based in our Trowbridge office and work on assignments for our UK and overseas clients. There will be a requirement to visit our clients sites across the UK (accompanied) and this may involve overnight stays. In time, there may be an opportunity to undertake overseas visits (accompanied) for key project work etc.

The target start date for the successful candidate will be early August 2024 but there may be flexibility for the right candidate.


The Company

MSA Environmental Ltd is a leading environmental and engineering consultancy specialising in the design of wastewater treatment and water reuse systems for food and drink production sites. The company was formed in 1994 and over this time we have delivered innovative, high performance technical solutions and wastewater related consultancy to the likes of Saputo Dairy UK, Kerry Ingredients, Dale Farm, Nestlé, Camden Town Brewery, Mars, Mondelez, Thatchers Cider, Kerry Foods, Coca-Cola and many more. We work predominantly work across the UK but we also work on overseas and we currently have live projects in Spain, Ireland, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad and Tobago. We provide a wide range of consultancy services to our clients including:

  • feasibility studies and review documents
  • detailed design of wastewater treatment and water reuse systems
  • water and wastage minimisation audits
  • wastewater treatment training courses for clients
  • operational support and advice to clients with existing onsite effluent treatment processes
  • laboratory analysis

We work with a wide range of wastewater and water treatment technologies including dissolved air flotation, membrane bioreactor (MBR), anaerobic digestion, activated sludge, moving bed bioreactors (MBBR), ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and many more.

We are currently a team of seven staff comprising environmental scientist and engineers. We have an active, energetic, hardworking and professional team including Chartered Water and Environmental Managers (CIWEM) and environmentalists.

Our services are in high demand and we have ambitious growth plans and therefore, we are seeking high calibre individuals to join our dynamic team to help meet the needs of our clients both existing and new.


Job Requirements

The candidate shall have the following:

  • Be educated to degree level of at least 2:1 in a relevant Engineering discipline (Mechanical, Process, Environmental or Chemical Engineering).
  • A dynamic and driven individual keen to establish a career in the environmental sector.
  • Able to work independently and complete assigned tasks in a timely fashion
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • English Language proficiency: C1 (Common European Framework Reference (CEFR)).
  • Excellent numeracy skills.
  • Shall be a completer/finisher of all tasks assigned.
  • Ability to work well in a team and demonstrate good interpersonal skills.
  • Basic ability in AutoCAD would be required for the role, but an intermediate/advanced ability would be advantageous.
  • Ability to solve problems, complete assigned tasks efficiently, and meet project deadlines.
  • Some experience with treatment system process design including equipment selection, pumping systems and pipeline design would be advantageous.
  • Have a good understanding of fluid mechanics and hydraulic design.
  • Produce clear written reports/documents in a prompt timeframe.
  • Some project management experience would be advantageous.
  • The ideal candidate shall be comfortable during technical discussions and during formal presentations with our clients.
  • Fully IT literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Proficient in Excel and using Spreadsheets (VBA experience is advantageous but not essential).
  • Eligible to work in the United Kingdom.
  • Full UK driving license is desirable.



Role Responsibilities:

The role shall cover the following key responsibilities:

  • Supporting with client site visits/meetings
  • Laboratory work including wastewater microscopy analysis, effluent quality testing & jar testing
  • On site Water & Wastage Optimisation audits
  • Liaison with Water and Environmental Authorities on behalf of clients (e.g. regulatory support/permits)
  • Detailed data analysis and construction of mass balances
  • Assisting with the preparation of technical reports and design specifications (including plant sizing, control philosophies and commissioning plans etc)
  • Assisting with project tender management
  • Support with feasibility studies including technical & commercial analysis
  • Support with engineering drawings including P&IDs, layouts (2D and 3D)
  • Detailed technical report writing based on data analysis and on-site auditing
  • On site troubleshooting & assessment of existing wastewater treatment plants
  • Data driven GAP analysis
  • Supporting design workshops and HAZOP studies
  • Some office administrative support



Package and Benefits

The salary range for this graduate engineering position is £25,000 to £27,000 pa plus annual performance bonus and shall be based on qualifications and experience.

There are opportunities for fast-tracking (within 6 to 12 months) to the next tier level on our engineering pathway (design/process/mechanical engineer), subject to meeting skills matrix criteria, and this will command a salary range of £28,000 to £35,000 pa plus annual performance bonus.

Other benefits include the following:

  • Annual performance bonus
  • Annual Christmas bonus
  • External training budget
  • Generous holiday entitlement (plus statutory days)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Financial and technical support in helping the candidate achieving chartered status
  • Cycle to work scheme

Our office is located in Trowbridge (town centre) which offers onsite parking, good transport (rail, bus and road) links with easy access to local amenities (including gyms, cinema, restaurants and shops). The cities of Bath, Bristol and Salisbury are in close proximity and can be reached in 20, 35 and 40 minutes respectively via train.

We offer fast-track opportunities for professional development through our focussed skills-based performance reviews for personal development and this provides a clear roadmap for progression.


To Apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter/email detailing your suitability for the role to [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Friday 31st May 2024.

Suitable candidates will be invited for online interview with the Managing Director and/or Director (MS Teams) and this would take place in June 2024. A face-to-face interview, for shortlisted candidates, would follow at our company office (by end June) and this would involve some role specific aptitude tests.





Job Types: Full-time, Permanent, Graduate

Pay: From £25,000.00 per year


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Transport links


  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme
  • Performance bonus

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 31/05/2024
Reference ID: Graduate Engineer
Expected start date: 05/08/2024