Structures Engineer (Design)

  • Job Reference: 456300
  • Date Posted: 27 June 2024
  • Recruiter: Alstom
  • Location: Derby
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £45,000 to £55,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: + Benefits
  • Sector: Engineering & Design, Other Rail Jobs
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

At Alstom, we understand transport networks and what moves people. From high-speed trains, metros, monorails, and trams, to turnkey systems, services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility, we offer our diverse customers the broadest portfolio in the industry. Every day, more than 80 000 colleagues lead the way to greener and smarter mobility worldwide, connecting cities as we reduce carbon and replace cars.


Could you be the full-time Structures Engineer to work on part of the Structures team on both new design projects and the assessment of existing products?


Your future role

Take on a new challenge by being based at one of the UK Services Sites and apply your Structure Engineering expertise in a new cutting-edge field. You’ll report to the Engineering Manager Carbody and Structures Domain, and work alongside a dedicated and passionate Structures team in Alstom UK&I. You will be working as part of a global network of structural engineers who work closely together on multinational projects. This is a role which will involve not only Derby based projects but also projects based in other ALSTOM sites around the globe. The opportunity offers significant opportunity for career growth.


The Structure Engineer's primary role is to undertake structural assessments (using both manual and Finite Element methods) on rail vehicle car bodies. The role will not only include carrying out structural analysis but also the development of the designs to meet the structural and functional requirements of the products. The role will include deriving load cases, FE model setup, evaluating the results, conducting fatigue assessment, leading designs improvements, and writing reports, as well as communicating the progress and results to the Project team. This is a varied role and will also involve other duties including providing build support on existing products, participating in six sigma/8D and other activities.

We’ll look to you for:

  • Senior experience in mechanical structural engineering ideally in Railways or aerospace automotive will be considered.
  • Finite Element Calculations, Linear and non-linear.
  • Fatigue analysis (S-N life) of mechanical components.
  • General Mechanical Engineering design and problem solving.
  • Writing reports & presiding over Test programs.
  • Evaluating supplier calculations & test results.
  • Managing work undertaken by other ALSTOM sites and sub-contractors.
  • Ability to work within allocated budget & schedule.
  • Ability to define and manage priorities within deadlines.
  • Writing technical reports, evaluating supplier calculations & test results.
  • Managing work undertaken by other ALSTOM sites and sub-contractors.
  • Work within allocated budget & schedule.
  • Suggesting design improvements (reinforcement or simplifications) of calculated parts.

All about you

We value passion and attitude over experience. That’s why we don’t expect you to have every single skill. Instead, we’ve listed some that we think will help you succeed and grow in this role: 


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in mechanical engineering or similar related degree with senior experience, preferably applied to Railway products.
  • Knowledge of fatigue and FEA analysis, weld and bolt assembly design.



  • Experience in Finite Element analysis packages, such as Hyperworks, Ansys, Patran/Nastran, Abaqus or similar, linear, and non-linear assessments.
  • Previous experience in using CAD packages such as CATIA, and Pro Engineer is a plus.
  • Understanding of Structural Mechanics and the fundamentals of Fatigue assessment methods
  • Demonstrable practical experience in Mechanical Engineering outside of the role of structural mechanics, such as design, dynamics, and testing are desirable.
  • Willingness to develop a wide range of skills and flexibility to work on a variety of projects which require different engineering skills.
  • Willingness to travel to visit other ALSTOM sites, suppliers, and customers.



Things you’ll enjoy

Join us on a life-long transformative journey – the rail industry is here to stay, so you can grow and develop new skills and experiences throughout your career. You’ll also:

  • Enjoy stability, challenges and a long-term career free from boring daily routines
  • Work with colleagues and customers based all over the world
  • Collaborate with transverse teams and helpful colleagues
  • Contribute to innovative projects
  • Utilise our agile working environment
  • Steer your career in whatever direction you choose across functions and countries
  • Benefit from our investment in your development, through award-winning learning
  • Benefit from a fair and dynamic reward package that recognises your performance and potential, plus comprehensive and competitive benefits (pension, life ins., medical). 



What we offer

We offer a highly competitive starting salary plus 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to increase this to 30 days. Healthcare, life assurance, an excellent company contributed pension scheme, and a wide range of flexibility flexible benefits that you can tailor to suit your lifestyle.