Discipline Area: Nuclear Fuel Route Engineering


Description of role, including any specific skills required

The ‘Fuel Route’ is one of the most fascinating and dynamic parts of any AGR (advanced-gas cooled reactor) power station. The Fuel Route department manages our nuclear fuelling processes ensuring the reactors have enough power to enable optimum generation whilst maintaining uncompromised nuclear safety standards. This complex cycle involves getting nuclear fuel onto site, loading it into our reactors, temporarily storing used fuel and finally directing the fuel off-site. Working alongside our engineers, you will be introduced to the plant, be involved with various projects/tasks and with ever-increasing experience become an integral part of the team responsible for managing bespoke high integrity nuclear fuel and process equipment.

The work you will be involved with is a dynamic balance between desk work and being out on plant investigating faults, rectifying faults, rectifying defects and engineering solutions to both maintain and improve plant performance. To be a successful member of the team, you should have an organised, questioning and safe working attitude paired with enthusiasm and commitment for working within a highly motivated and focussed team.

As an example of the work you could be involved with, the current industrial placement individual is working on modifying and overhauling a fuel mast which is integral to the movement of irradiated fuel elements. The project has included a range of skills from communication and CAD work to disassembly and modifications of plant equipment within a Radiologically Controlled Area.

Anticipated benefits to the individual

  • Fantastic opportunity to use and build on your own existing skills by working with some of the station’s most experienced nuclear professional
  • Enhanced teamwork, time management, communication and practical skills that can be applied to any aspect of your chosen career path
  • Earn an equivalent full-time salary of £15,000
  • Gain invaluable experience that complements your degree scheme
  • Work within the energy sector, one of the most vibrant industries
  • Spend time within different functions of the plant, as well as on project-based work within a specialist topic
  • Potential to join the EDF graduate scheme after the placement

What are the timings and key dates?

The industrial placements will begin no earlier than the end of September 2017 and last for up to twelve months. Deadline for submission of applications is midnight, 5th February 2017. First stage interviews will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th February 2017 at Lancaster University, with two members of staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology. A shortlist will be provided to Heysham 2 of those applicants that are being recommended for assessment by EDF Energy. Representatives from Heysham 2 will be in touch to arrange interviews with those people they would like to meet.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any student or former student of Lancaster University is eligible to apply. For current students, this can be taken as a year-out, through what is known as intercalation. Intercalation allows a temporary suspension of student status for a number of reasons. If your academic department offers a sandwich course, this may fulfil that element. For those who are about to or have already graduated, this could provide a step into working in the energy sector.

What will I be paid?

Salary is in the range of £15K.

How to apply

Submit a CV and cover letter, addressing the specific requirements of the role for which you’re applying, to:

Pam Pickles, Student Employability Manager: p.pickles@lancaster.ac.uk

Before the deadline of 5th February 2017

Supporting your application

The central Careers team are available for you to arrange expert feedback on your application and provide mock interviews. We would encourage all applicants to make full use of the Careers resource to be in with the best possible chance of succeeding in your application. Details on the full range of resources available to you are here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers/

Further Information and Networking Event

We are hosting an informal event for students to find out more information, with the opportunity to learn more about the company and the roles, including a talk from a successful member of the 2016/17 Lancaster University and EDF Energy Placement Scheme. This will be a unique opportunity to understand how to make a strong application as well as what EDF are looking for in their future workforce.

It will take place on the evening of Monday 30th January 2017 at 6pm in the Management School. We are also offering Q&A time to the audience with free soup and informal networking. For this reason, only students who have registered on Target Connect before the event will be eligible to attend (by Thursday 26th January at noon). Due to high interest at previous events, early booking is strongly advised.

Target Connect Leap Link to the event page


Six discipline areas have been identified by EDF Energy as having a need to be fulfilled (the above is one of those), however funding has been secured to recruit four individuals. Therefore, upon the power station interviewing for all six roles, it is understood that they will select the four strongest candidates. This means that certain discipline areas will not be recruited to. Funding for this scheme may be reduced or withdrawn at any time at the discretion of EDF Energy / Heysham 2 power station.