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Graduate Civil Engineer – Water / Hydraulics

RPS Group is a leading multi-disciplinary consultancy, employing over 5,000 staff worldwide. We are quoted on the London Stock Exchange as a FTSE 250 company and a member of the FTSE4 Good index and a secure and stable business in uncertain times.

We have the expertise to support clients across a range of different sectors and services and are acknowledged as experts in energy, transport, planning, water, waste, design and environmental consultancy.

Our UK Water business employs around 850 staff and has been providing services to the water industry since 1993. We work for all the UK water and sewerage companies and most of the water-only companies. Our services include Water Networks, Drainage, Software Solutions, Surveying, Design, Leakage Consultancy, Water Resources and Efficiency, Flood Risk and the Water Environment and Customer Service. We have a reputation for meeting the challenges posed by large, complex projects and for conducting business in an open and responsible manner. Our strategy seeks to ensure continuous improvement in the range and quality of the services that we provide and the delivery of tangible results for our clients.

RPS Water wishes to recruit a Graduate Civil Engineer to work on our Yorkshire Water contract, reporting to our Bradford office. The role will form part of the Distribution Maintenance Team which is responsible for the investigation and delivery of planned DOMS flushing throughout the Yorkshire region. The team's primary objective is to assist in the reduction of the number of water quality contacts received to come under the target figure of 6108 by 2017.

Responsibilities associated with this role include, but are not limited to the following:

• Undertaking detailed investigations and formulating DOMS plans and timetables for the strategic flushing of distribution mains within DMA's to minimise future water quality contacts for turbidity. Liaising with field staff to instigate operational action plans
• Highlighting through investigation pre & post logging points within the DMA to capture the impact of the activity
• Amending schematic/timetable when unforeseen issues arise i.e. highlighted fittings not available on the network
• Processing data to calculate thickness of turbidity material removed per flush
• Tabulating DMA finish date, calculating volume of water used and informing relevant parties accordingly
• Downloading and processing all logging data from pre to post flushing activity and reporting accordingly
• Utilising modelling software to accurately determine impact of planned flushing activity through desired flow/duration of works required to achieve optimal performance and risk mitigation.

Some travel maybe required; therefore a full driving licence is essential.

We are looking for an individual with the following attributes:

• Excellent data analysis and manipulation skills
• Excellent report writing and communication skills
• Excellent IT skills - Excel essential
• Strong Health and Safety awareness
• An understanding of the operation principles of water hydraulics
• Pragmatic approach and ability to amend planned activities at short notice

• Knowledge of DOMS process and Water Quality
• Project management skills
• Knowledge of risk management
• Knowledge of serviceability measures and water company’s performance commitments
• A knowledge of network modelling - Infoworks
• Strong numerical skills

Training will be provided on local corporate reporting software and guidance on existing processes will be supported by experienced engineers currently engaged on the work.

The post would ideally suit a recent engineering graduate who is ambitious and wishing to start their career in the utility services and asset management industry.

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.

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