Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer - Southampton

Full time

Southampton, United Kingdom


Trant Engineering Ltd has a long history of engineering and construction excellence, delivering high quality EPC engineering and construction services throughout the UK and overseas. We successfully deliver complex turnkey engineering projects in sectors such as Process & Water, Energy, Defence, Oil & Gas and Nuclear.

We offer clients a range of services including design, manufacturing, installation, construction and commissioning. Our in-house design and offsite manufacturing teams’ work closely to develop technology-based solutions with a strong focus on innovation and value engineering.

Our in-house multi-disciplinary services include civil, process, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, control and automation, supplemented by the design and manufacture of Control Panels, MCC’s, PLC’s, SCADA and automation systems. We also provide a range of bespoke modular and containerised water & wastewater treatment and fuel conditioning systems. 

We have over 800 employees and with a very healthy forward order book with a projected turnover of £180m this year, it is an exciting time to join the business.

We are currently interviewing for a Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer to join our Head Office design team in Southampton. You will be working within a multi-disciplinary team of Engineers, responsible for the production design deliverables within a variety of different sectors. You will be reporting into the Mechanical Design Manager and will be assigned a mechanical design mentor, to advise on the required techniques to complete design engineering functions. As you progress you will be responsible for elements of design, taking greater responsibility for your work.  Continual professional development including professional registration is encouraged and actively supported.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Delivering the production design deliverables
  • Interpreting and understanding client requirements from client documents (drawings, specifications, correspondence etc)
  • Responsible for assisting in all aspects of mechanical design from site surveys of existing assets, optioneering, feasibility studies, detailed design and tender pricing
  • Under close supervision of the Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, assisting with the production of procurement specifications for mechanical equipment; hydraulic calculations and production of detailed design construction drawings
  • Undertaking design calculations
  • Reviewing third party designs and providing design assistance to installation and commissioning teams
  • Communication with client, external design resources and subcontractors to ensure compliance with specification
  • Overseeing the preparation of CAD drawings in accordance with the TEL Drawing Manual
  • Undertake design risk assessments to support detailed design proposals
  • Responsible for preparing detailed mechanical specifications
  • Liaising with clients and subcontractors 

Graduate Scheme

The Trant Graduate Scheme is offered to all Graduates joining the business. This a period of training and development over 24 months, where you are assigned a mentor to carry out basic training associated with your discipline to enable you move from a Graduate Engineer, to a Junior Engineer to a fully competent Engineer.

You will join your engineering teams, being guided by your mentor, and will become competent in carrying out design engineering tasks. At 12 months, you will have commenced working on your professional review Initial Professional Development (IPD) and will be actively engaged in the Professional Forum. Trant has an accredited MPDS chartership scheme with IMechE. At this time you should be ready to work independently as a Junior Engineer and by 24 months you should be classified as an Engineer and likely to be mentoring your own first year Graduate.


  • BEng (Hons) or MEng Mechanical Engineering degree (IMECHE Accredited preferred)
  • Knowledge and awareness of Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality
  • Competent in Microsoft Office and CAD packages 


  • Competitive salary
  • 24 days holiday + bank holidays (increasing with service)
  • The opportunity to buy a further 3 days holiday per year
  • Encouragement to gain professional qualifications
  • Free onsite parking
  • Government Workplace Pension Scheme

Equal Opportunities

Trant Engineering Limited is committed to equal opportunities for all and we do not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, sex, disability or age

To apply for this position, please e-mail your CV to or call our Internal Recruitment Team on 02380 665544


*Please note, due to the volume of applications we are not always able to contact each applicant individually. If you have not heard from us within 10 working days of application, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion                                        

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