Process Engineering Graduates - Environment Agency

Process Engineering Graduates

Process Engineering Graduates

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We have established this programme for chemical/process engineering graduates to develop our next generation of environmental regulators. The Environment Agency regulates a wide range of process industries to minimize impact to the environment while securing sustainable growth and employs multi-disciplinary teams across the country.
We need more chemical engineers to support our regulation of England’s process industries and this graduate programme will provide successful candidates with an insight to the various roles where chemical engineers are making a difference.

Climate Change Impact

Many of the industries we regulate have a significant carbon footprint and will be undergoing significant changes to decarbonise their operations. Some businesses are also vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and need to adjust their infrastructure and ways of working to continue operating safely and economically.
Industrial sectors such as power generation, cement & lime production and oil refining are exploring how to decarbonise their operations using technologies such as hydrogen fuel and carbon capture, utilisation and storage.
We need your chemical engineering skills to make sure we support this transition to a sustainable future with a climate resilient industry.

Process Engineer

Our 4 year process engineering graduate scheme gives you the opportunity to gain valuable experience whilst complementing your studies and personal and professional growth.​

​The scheme is divided into 6-12 month postings in three main industrial regulation business areas, which are National Permitting, Operations and Environment & Business, and with possible secondments into other organisations.​

You will initially spend a year in National Permitting, working alongside our permitting officers to review and assess permit applications from industrial operators to undertake new activities or modify permits to implement new regulatory requirements.​

You will then join a Local Operations team to work alongside our experienced regulatory officers and support our regulation of a wide range of industrial installations such as chemical plants, power stations and cement works.​

In Environment & Business, you will then work with our senior advisors on policy implementation for regulated industry and providing technical support to our regulatory and permitting officers.​

Why Environment Agency

At the Environment Agency you can progress your career and feel comfortable to bring your whole self to work. We recognize that we are all unique individuals and value and embrace our differences. We foster an inclusive culture where colleagues from all backgrounds can feel their uniqueness is valued. Our success in this area was recognised in 2018 when we won the IChemE Diversity & Inclusion Global Award.

The programme will provide you with a variety of experiences to support your application to become a chartered chemical engineer with IChemE. We will also provide additional training and development and an IChemE mentor to help you on this professional journey.


Patrick Zheng

I joined the organisation as part of its inaugural summer diversity internship programme, before transferring to the process engineering programme.​

During my first posting I looked at a range of renewable alternative liquid fuels to gas oil and determined whether one or more of these alternatives can directly replace gas oil without an amendment to an environmental permit.​

I also worked on public engagement for the Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage project at Drax, which is set to become the world’s first carbon negative power station!​

Mariam Munir

I’m a BEng Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Strathclyde. I worked with the UK BAT (Best Available Techniques) Team to develop the environmental standards for Common Waste Gas Management and Treatment in the Chemicals sector.

I learned about the status of UK chemical sector, the chemical industry’s contribution to climate change and the risks and opportunities from climate change within the sector. I met with industry leaders and national Regulators to collaborate on producing the the published draft BAT document.

I see myself building a practical experience of being on industrial sites and understanding how the Environment Agency plays a role to regulate those sites, and taking a permanent role to be able to influence climate change, while making use of my chemical engineering skills to understand processes on site.