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Are You Ready?

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Are you ready for your next journey as part of a respected, talented and experienced team?

You’re fresh out of university, you’ve gained all the fundamental knowledge required to kick-start your engineering career and you’re keen to prove yourself in a role that is exciting and engaging. It’s now time to take that vital step into a hands-on, real-world position in the hydrogen refuelling industry.

Here at NanoSUN we have always invested in our graduates. We believe that in order for a business to thrive, it is vital that we acquire raw potential from new graduates and commit the time, resources and experience to ensure your growth and development, both personally and professionally.

At NanoSUN, we support and encourage you to hone your talent and become your best. Our graduate scheme is designed to enhance your skills, where you will grow and learn from a range of key industry experts, scientists and engineering professionals.

If you’re full of ideas, have an interest in the effects of climate change and are passionate about reducing the impact of carbon emissions, join our Graduate Development Scheme.

Find Your Passion
and kickstart your career!

Why the NanoSUN Graduate Scheme?

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Join our graduate scheme, where you’ll be an essential part of a team looking to create a healthier, greener and sustainable future.

NanoSUN is a rapidly expanding company that is dedicated to developing the skills and experience of engineering graduates looking to work in the renewable sector. With a graduate scheme specifically created to nurture and grow bright innovative engineers, we have implemented a structured program that is designed to cover a range of skills and projects focussed on hydrogen refuelling solutions over a two-year period.

NanoSUN’s general engineering framework has been carefully constructed to rotate graduates around the various functions and disciplines within the businesses’ engineering, manufacturing and R&D functions. This allows and encourages each graduate to mould their career path to their desired areas of expertise. We also offer an EC&I graduate scheme, in which you will start on a specialist path working within our small EC&I team, providing electrical and controls inputs to all our major projects.

What You'll Do

The graduate scheme is designed to align with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) bodies, in order to support our graduates on the path to chartership with their relevant governing body. The rotating element of the scheme allows engineers to spend time with different engineering disciplines in order to evidence competencies needed for gaining their chartership. Your training will be carefully planned to ensure that you get exposure to Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP), Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), Critical Design Reviews (CDRs), Electrical Training, Project Management and other skills, which will be delivered through a mixture of external training courses, on the job and internal training from our experienced and knowledgeable team of experts.

On our general engineering graduate scheme, you will spend two years across our main functions split into two main placements. The first being in either manufacturing or R&D, and the second within the engineering function. Each of these placements will be for a duration of nine months, with six months at the end reserved for a transition period off the scheme into a permanent staff role within one of the functions. The more specialist EC&I graduate scheme will be based solely within the electrical and controls department, but you will still be given the opportunity to experience all aspects of project work in order to progress through your chartership.

What We'll Do

As a graduate at NanoSUN you will be consistently supported by a range of team members in order to develop both personally and professionally throughout the scheme. As well as your line manager being involved in the day-to-day planning, you will be assigned a mentor and a buddy. Your buddy will be a friendly face as you settle into the scheme and your first role following university. Your mentor will be someone external from industry associated with your governing body, who will be able to guide you as you progress through your chartership. This allows you to have a point of contact outside of management, completely separate to your working life at NanoSUN, for the sole purpose of assisting you with your personal and professional development.

We will always be on hand to ensure you experience a healthy work-life balance and monitor your wellbeing to encourage a positive experience. We have a great culture here at NanoSUN, with a friendly and inclusive team that understands and values the importance of each individual's input into the business.

What You’ll Need

We ask those who are applying for any of our schemes to have a first or second class degree in a relevant engineering discipline.

For those who are applying for our summer placements, the same requirements apply. We would like you to be on course for a first or second class degree in a relevant engineering discipline. You will also need to be locally available for the duration of the entire internship.


How to apply

We ask for both the graduate scheme and the summer placements to apply by submitting your CV and a covering letter to detailing the role you are applying for in the subject line. Please also confirm your right to work in the UK.

Once you have submitted your CV if you have been successful you will be invited to an initial screening interview. The process for all of our graduate schemes is a three stage interview process, with a technical interview and a final panel interview following the screening interview. For our summer placements, you will be subjected to one longer interview.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications for all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.


Student Testimonials & Feedback

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Dan joined us in 2018 after graduating from Cambridge University as one of our first graduate engineers. He moved into his first staff placement with the process team in the summer of 2020 and now works as a Development Engineer.

Dan Graduate at NanoSUN
During my time on the NanoSUN Graduate Scheme, I was able to manage several projects, designing and building small-scale cascade refuellers. I took part in and lead internal HAZOP studies and carried out process & flow modelling to support the development of NanoSUN’s refuelling technology. NanoSUN allowed me to find my area of interest through exposure to many disciplines and supported me in developing my skills and knowledge in those areas.

Daniel Stanley, NanoSUN Development Engineer

Callym joined NanoSUN in June 2020 as a Graduate Engineer and got stuck in straightaway project managing our Doosan UAV refueller. He graduated from the University of Leeds, and is now heavily involved in project managing several projects as well as implanting and chairing the NanoSUN social committee.

Callym Graduate at NanoSUN
My first year on the NanoSUN graduate scheme has given me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience developing solutions for one of the most important challenges facing the hydrogen industry - how to connect hydrogen suppliers to users. Leading teams in developing products ranging from a portable hydrogen drone refueller to a hydrogen tube trailer filling station. The breadth of knowledge that can be gained from working at a rapidly growing company such as NanoSUN is a real asset to developing as an engineer and reaching my goal of chartership.

Callym Munro, NanoSUN Project Engineer

Summer Intern Programme

Our summer placements are designed to give students the opportunity to work on a discrete project put together by the team to contribute to a specific part of a larger project within the company.

You will be placed within the engineering, manufacturing or R&D department to carry out a six-week project designed specifically for you, with the intention for the work to be absorbed as part of a larger project. The six weeks will be concluded by a presentation day, in which you will present to our leadership your findings in person, with the whole company invited to attend.

Intern Testimonials
what they have to say!
“I really felt that I was integrated into the team at NanoSUN and that the work I was doing was substantial and would not just sit on the shelf – I knew that I was really contributing to the company. There were socials regularly, which allowed me to explore and see the employees in a more casual setting away from the office. During my time I had access to engineering meetings and critical design reviews, which sat outside the manufacturing department, but I learnt so much just by listening in to those. The manufacturing team that I was placed in for the six-week placement is led by two very experienced and knowledgeable leaders, and every conversation was fruitful and productive for my personal development as well as my project progression.”

Davidson Sabu, Manufacturing Summer Placement Student 2021

“My placement was definitely a learning curve, as it was my first experience working in industry, and it was definitely a step up from what I was used to. I learnt so much over the placement at NanoSUN, and have grown so much as a professional, I wish it had been longer! I learnt a lot about rights and wrongs of industry practise, and it was nice to see how things I had learnt on my course be applied in a real world setting on a large project.”

Umair Arif, R&D Summer Placement Student 2021

Your questions answered.

Will you support me during my professional development?

Yes! We actively encourage all our employees to pursue professional development through training and through their professional bodies. All our graduate engineers are working towards chartership with the IET, IMechE or IChemE. Other employees in the business are working towards professional accreditation through  professional institutions.

Are non-engineers able to apply for either the graduate or placement schemes?

Currently our engineering graduate scheme is designed for engineering graduates and reflects the competencies and experiences required by the IEE/IMechE/IChemE as part of the chartership process. We offer graduate schemes in other areas of the business – look out on our Careers page for these being advertised.

Does NanoSUN offer a year in industry placement?

We welcome engineering applicants for our annual placement program for students wishing to join us for the 2022/23 academic year. Applicants should currently be in either their 2nd (B.Eng.) or 3rd (M.Eng.) year.

Do you have flexible working for graduates and placement students?

Yes! We offer all our staff flexible working from their first working day with us, and we are supporting the #FlexFrom1stcampaign. We operate core business hours, so you can set your working day to the hours that work best for you. We are currently operating a hybrid working model, allowing employees the flexibility to work from home for part of the week.

What is the closing date for applications?

Applications for our graduate scheme and summer placements will be open from December 2021.

What is the application process?

For the graduate scheme there is a three stage process:-

1. A 15-minute chat with a member of the HR team and a current engineer on our graduate scheme.

2. A technical interview based on areas you will have covered during your time at university.

3. A final panel interview with senior members of the teams.

For our summer and annual placements, you will be invited to a single interview with a member of HR and a member of the engineering team.

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