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Year in Industry, Leeds. 2020 - Mechanical Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

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We strive to offer our employees a real purpose at work; to be part of a global community that is shaping the future of our built environment.

Our employees are challenged to solve the major problems facing societies today and together we are proud to deliver elegant and sustainable solutions for our buildings and cities. As we're a lot smaller than other well-known consultancies, we can offer our people multiple opportunities to learn, develop and challenge themselves and give them a strong purpose in the workplace.

In our recent Employee Engagement Survey 93% of our employees believe the experience they gain with us will support future career prospects.

Type of contract Permanent Grade Intern/Student Placement Area of Expertise Building Environment Region UK Office / Project Location Leeds Closing Date 10/01/2020 Ref No 3855

What is Building Services Engineering?

Why shouldn’t your project use high performance, low energy building systems? We at BuroHappold work as part of a global team, balance client’s aspirations with engineering (and often budgetary) constraints, to design high performance, low energy building systems. We use advanced modelling techniques to analyse the building envelope and its floor layouts. Our innovatively designed systems are then integrated into the building fabric, to create functional internal spaces and balanced, controllable conditions.

What sort of projects would I work on?

Al Faisaliah, Riyadh – Now one of the region’s most celebrated architectural achievements, Al Faisaliah offers stunning, efficient spaces with a high degree of flexibility for the future.

Harvard University Tozzer Anthropology building, USA - The work to renovate and expand the capacity in the Tozzer building provides an additional 29% of usable space, including two new floors located in the upper levels of the building. Now LEED Gold certified, our work has reduced energy consumption by 30%, delivering an outstanding space for learning with a sustainable future.

Northumberland Development Project, Tottenham Hotspur, UK – Our pioneering retractable pitch design ensures the new White Hart Lane Stadium is a highly flexible sports and entertainment venue. This project is the perfect example of BuroHappold’s ability to think laterally to find solutions that work for our client. Not only will the new Tottenham Hotspur FC stadium offer fans a better experience and increase profitability for our client, the design has proved so inspiring it has catalysed a wider regeneration scheme across Haringey so that the surrounding area can better support this incredible venue.

Plus pharmaceutical, cultural and civic buildings, high-spec' retail, transport hubs and mixed-use schemes.

What would I do?

  • You will embrace the latest technologies to improve performance and sustainability. Sustainable design is top of our corporate agenda.
  • Undertake detailed mechanical engineering building services design and calculations (using both software and knowledge to verify robust calculations).
  • Ensuring service and project work are carried out to an excellent standard - within agreed deadlines and within budget.
  • Preparation of technical specifications and schedules, design development reports and innovative design solutions.
  • Plan and manage input to CAD for production of design work.
  • Represent BuroHappold at meetings with clients, other professionals and suppliers.

What would a typical day look like?

No two days are the same, but as an overview…

What further qualifications could I work towards?

We are keen to support your activity towards Chartered Engineering status. We will support employees to achieve the highest level of membership and registration their academic background allows.

What is life really like?

“….It’s important to cooperate with people from different backgrounds, and BuroHappold is just the perfect place to do that and start a career. I am encouraged to share fresh ideas and my opinions. I am sure that in other companies, I wouldn’t have the chance to participate in such complex and advanced projects. Every day I’m given a new task, so I’m constantly busy and building on my knowledge. What has impressed me the most, is the professionalism of engineers working in BuroHappold, their huge knowledge in their specialist area of engineering and their willingness to share this knowledge. I love the opportunity to solve engineering problems and be part of the team working on huge projects.”

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