The University of Wolverhampton

Research & Development Engineer (KTP with E.Poppleton & Son)

Off Campus
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Contract Type
Advert Status
Starting Salary: Up to 27,000 pa
Closing Date
Job Reference

European Union


2 year fixed term contract


(KTP Associate with Poppleton, Colwyn Bay, North Wales)


A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way project between a graduate, an organisation and a university.


KTP is one of the largest graduate recruitment programmes across the UK, placing graduates (KTP Associates), to work on challenging, high profile projects.


As a KTP Associate you can expect:


      Career acceleration

      Valuable experience and marketable, highly transferable skills

      A competitive salary

      Practical and formal management training and development

      An excellent chance of a permanent post with the company


This KTP project offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to launch a career in industry with the support of company and academic mentors.  Poppleton has joined forces with the University of Wolverhampton on this KTP project to enable them to develop novel approaches for the implementation of emerging digital design tools within the ventilation ductwork supply chain.


Poppleton, based in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, are one of the UK’s leading providers of quality ventilation solutions. Established in 1924 the company has built a reputation for quality specialising in the design, manufacture, installation, project management and remediation of specialist ventilation ductwork systems to National and International Standards.


Working on this KTP you will gain highly sought-after experience and skill development within the construction industry.  You will be responsible for project managing this programme of work, bringing your engineering, construction and technological knowledge, including BIM, to the company.  You will have experience of engineering design and knowledge of the latest CAD/BIM software tools.  In depth knowledge of BIM would be an advantage, but this area will be supported by university expertise.  


An exciting aspect to this post, and one that will build on your construction knowledge, is that you will investigate research and work with the University to implement emerging 3D technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and data capture technologies to support the design and construction process. These will facilitate the installation of complex ventilation systems in a range of advanced engineering environments. As a consequence of this you will be required to frequently work off-site and in an independent but highly professional manner.  


We seek a minimum BSc (Hons) 2:1 in Civil Engineering or Construction related subjects.  You should be able to demonstrate knowledge of CAD software.  


You should be enthusiastic and capable of working autonomously as well as in a team and be able to interact at all levels within industry with an inquisitive and innovative approach. Good communication skills are essential as is a flexible working approach and strict time management. A positive attitude and pride in your work, showing attention to detail and quality control are essential.  Ability to balance technical issues with commercial constraints and demonstrate abstract- thinking skills are also key requirements for this role.


To support your commitment to continuous self-development you will have a generous personal development budget in addition to KTP Management Training.


You will be employed by The University of Wolverhampton and will be based at Poppleton in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.  You must be willing and able to travel independently both within the UK and overseas.  It is essential that you are prepared to work within an environment of strictest confidentiality and consequently must have no previous criminal record or issues preventing access to high security establishments.


To apply for this position please forward your cv and supporting statement, quoting reference ‘Poppleton’ to

Further information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships go to:

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