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Recruiting YII placements, March 2021

Recruiting 2021 YII placements now!

2021/2022 Year-In-Industry undergraduate placements

RJM International is currently recruiting for one or two Year-In-Industry students to work as Trainee Project Engineers supporting RJM's in-house team of engineers, designers and CFD specialists, starting July 2021.

Located at the Winchester Head Office, the placement will run for 12 months and is open to both Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering students with a special interest in CFD, project management or mechanical design.

Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to work on site in the UK and potentially abroad. They will also gain fully-rounded experience of project engineering in an office environment.

Candidates should be enthusiastic, informed, prepared to travel and must be adept in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience in AutoCAD or 3D modelling and MS Project is also advantageous.
All candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

The Year-in-Industry placement will take place in the penultimate year of study. The position offers a salary of £17,500 with an additional discretionary bonus. A successful placement could also lead to an offer of a full-time role, post-graduation. This includes a sponsorship element for the final year of study, the only requirements being a minimum 2.1 degree and remaining with the company for two years. More than half of our Year-In-Industry positions have led to full-time employment offers.

All enquiries and applications (CV with covering letter) should be sent to Pennie Lestock-Reid, Administration Manager. E-mail:
[email protected]

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st March 2021

Interviews will be conducted remotely over Zoom or MS Teams between 19th – 30th April 2021. Please let us know your availability in your letter of application.


2019 / 2020: Tom; Engineering undergraduate, University of Sheffield

I had my interview for RJM in April 2019 and was delighted to be offered a placement. I started work in July 2019 and was immediately involved in a number of different projects. I have also worked on new business development, helping the company develop its expansion into the biomass and Energy from Waste markets, which has been really interesting. In addition, the placement has also allowed me to be involved in other aspects of the business, including process design and site work as well as
sales and marketing. I have also been on a number of customer site visits, including a site survey of one of the UK’s only two Hazardous Waste Disposal facilities. I have also had the chance to work on some of the company’s bigger projects including its largest contract, to clean up the emissions at one of Europe’s most polluting power stations. This has allowed me to work with various senior engineers within the company, specialists in their respected fields, allowing me to expand on the knowledge I gained at university. I have loved my time at the company so far and would highly recommend doing a placement year at RJM.

2018 / 2019 James; Engineering undergraduate, University of Sheffield:

I was sold on RJM as soon as I came for the placement interview in spring of 2018. It is a medium-sized business and employs welcoming, friendly people - and this was obvious from the first visit. Being at a small company gives the best opportunity to experience all aspects of working for a professional engineering company, from process design, CFD, research and development, project management and sales. Also, as it operates globally, I have had the chance to visit power stations and clients in Ireland, India and Sardinia during my YII. I would recommend a placement year with RJM wholeheartedly; you will get everything you put in and more! Update on James: He returned to RJM in August 2020 as a full-time employee.

2017 / 2018: Rebecca; Engineering undergraduate, Nottingham University

I love working with RJM and I think having my YII in a small company has allowed me to experience a lot more, develop my skills more quickly and made me feel fully integrated within the RJM team, right from the outset. The biggest challenge was learning what all the different acronyms mean, but everyone has been really willing to explain things – you’ve just got to be brave and ask lots of questions!

So far during my YII, I have drafted complex technical proposals in the office and been sent out on site with the RJM team to carry out boiler diagnostic tests. I then applied these findings to a series of engineering calculations that were used to modify the design of some RJM ultra-low NOx burner components. I have also been the RJM ‘scribe’ for a HAZOP study and have had a go at using RJM’s CFD modelling software and designing new components using SOLIDWORKS software.

The best opportunities for me have been working abroad and experiencing other cultures while doing a job I really enjoy at the same time.  My YII has taken me to Wales, Ireland and even as far as Viet Nam.

In summary, I would really recommend the RJM YII scheme for any ambitious engineer who wants an exciting and challenging year with plenty of opportunities to develop their skills.

2011 / 2012: Matt; Engineering undergraduate, Portsmouth University

I did my YII in 2011/12 and joined RJM as a new graduate. I’ve now worked in a number of different countries including Bulgaria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Viet Nam, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. Recently, my focus has been building up RJM’s customer portfolio in Asia where we have completed a number of successful emissions reduction projects in Beijing, a large optimisation project in Viet Nam, and I am now focussing on a new project in Hong Kong. In 2017 I facilitated the incorporation of a new RJM subsidiary company in Singapore, and in 2018 I moved out to Singapore to head up Business Development and Operations for RJM’s Asia-Pacific business. Matt is currently  General Manager of RJM's operations in Asia-Pacific.


Crawford Blagden, Industrial Experience Manager, School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London

The School of Engineering and Materials Science of Queen Mary University of London has for several years now enjoyed an extremely successful collaboration with RJM.  A number of QMUL undergraduate students have participated in successful YII placements with RJM and have gained great benefit from the diverse opportunities for professional growth offered by the company, both in regards to putting into practice the theoretical knowledge they have gained through their academic studies - but as importantly with the development of their soft skills. We look forward to future successful collaboration with RJM in the years to come.