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PA Consulting

Graduate Mechanical Engineer
Location Cambridge
Starts Sep 2021
Deadline ASAP

Become a Graduate Mechanical Engineer

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world. As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Location: Cambridge

What you will be doing

Mechanical Engineers at PA are expected to be capable of working in a diverse range of fields (medical devices / automation / consumer products) in a short space of time, and as such should be able to get up to speed with a new project as soon as it comes through the door. PA is unique among technology consultancies in offering clients the opportunity to integrate new products and technology through to wider business solutions. As a member of our Mechanical Engineering team you will innovate at the intersection of science, technology and market needs. We pride ourselves on developing innovative solutions to hard problems.

To give a taste of what sorts of things you might expect from your first year, this is what two graduate joiners got up to over the last year:


“Over my first year at PA I have worked on four main projects. I didn’t know exactly what area I enjoyed initially so I tried to gather experience on a range of projects. This led to me working on the formulation of a new sustainable packaging for a food item made from the waste of the product being packaged.

I also worked on a project creating machines to convert dirty water to drinking water through ultra-filtration and UV sterilisation. I was involved with much of the testing of the control system as well as a trip to install two units in the first remote location. Through this I found my interest in machine building and design which led to work organising the building and testing of a production machine for a US manufacturing company which they are currently installing in their factory.

Now I am involved in designing test rigs to be used to support the design of a medical unit used to create CAR-T cells for cancer treatment. PA has been great offering me a real breadth of experience alongside a lot of responsibility and freedom to manoeuvre my job to work in whichever area (or areas!) interested me


“In my first month I began helping out with labwork to develop a new manufacturing process for a brand new supermarket food product. This allowed me to take charge of the small pieces of mechanical engineering on the project, and introduce me to workshop technicians and scientists that so often work closely with mechanical engineers at PA.

After this I was involved in the detailed development of a new medical device. This required several design iterations as we made prototypes, and delving into some theoretical work on material selection, mechanical stresses, and fluids.

In March I helped out with the ventilator challenge, and in later months the Airora air purifier. Right now I’m helping develop some high speed automation equipment for medical device assembly in the US – plenty more to learn here too!”

What you will have

What we're looking for

  • You have minimum 2:1 degree in Mechanical Engineering or related subject or equivalent experience.
  • You have a readiness to assist with a wide range of tasks within multidisciplinary teams, such as lab work, testing and research.
  • You are proficient in 3D CAD systems; preferably SolidWorks.
  • You have an understanding and proven experience of mechanical engineering fundamentals.
  • You have a willingness to take part in hands on work such as machine building and device testing.
    You have strong analytical and problem-solving capability.
    You are customer focused, with a professional and confident communication style.

Company benefits: • Private medical insurance • Travel allowance • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days • Company pension scheme • Annual performance-based bonus • Life and Income protection insurance • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn) • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

Learn more about PA Consulting

We are PA Consulting

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

An introduction to our firm

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

What can we offer you?

We offer a different kind of career opportunity. With us, you will have the chance to work with organisations worldwide to find answers to the questions that are shaping their future. The scope of our work provides extraordinary opportunities for you to develop your career in the direction you want.

Focussed on the success of our people, we offer significant responsibility early on, a clear career path supported by excellent training, and rapid progression for high performers. We deliver learning and development that will bring out your best and shape you as a leading expert in your field.

Our Graduate training programme

With us, you won’t have to wait to make your mark. We want to see what you’re capable of, which is why we will give you lots of responsibility from the outset. You will be given the freedom to think for yourself and contribute to projects in a meaningful way.

We hire graduates with up to two years’ experience directly into an entry-level Analyst role in their chosen business area or onto one of our rotational schemes, as we believe it’s best to build up your skills and experience in a real role from day one.

Think for yourself. Create with us.