Mechanical Design Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Reading, Berkshire
Closing date
18 Sep 2019

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Design, Mechanical, Nuclear
Defence, Nuclear Industry
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Mechanical Design Engineer

Location - Reading / Basingstoke Area

AWE offer a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent).

A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours.

AWE has been named in the Sunday Times top 25 big companies to work for in 2019.

AWE are looking for Mechanical Design Engineers to join an existing team responsible for the design, manufacture, assembly and testing of robust, miniature weapon safety mechanisms. Currently the team is made up of Engineers and Scientists and works together with our peers in the USA. Your role will be to develop capability and understanding of all aspects of these specialist products from the underpinning science through to the system qualification of these highly reliable clockwork-like devices that can survive space flight and vehicle accidents. We have our own laboratory to support this mission.

Applicants must have an understanding of mechanical design and specification with experience of use of design tools such CAD / CAE as well as product realisation and manufacturing techniques. Ideally previous experience of 3D solid modelling (Siemens NX, Solidworks etc) and generation of technical drawings including the use of GD&T, though further training will be provided.

Though not to be considered a check list, candidates would also benefit from knowledge of ANY of the following:

· Design of gears, springs or joints with bearings

· Joining techniques - adhesives, welding, brazing etc

· Dry lubricants or other surface coatings

· Tolerance analysis

· Finite Element Analysis or Rigid Body Dynamics

· Product testing

· Electro-mechanical monitoring

· Small drive systems eg DC motors, solenoids or steppers

· Fluid dynamics and simple hydraulic systems.

· Selection of metals - particularly stainless steels

· Tooling, jigs and fixtures

· Human factors.

To be considered for the role, ideally you will have an HNC/HND or degree qualification in an engineering discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment and possess strong communication skills.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.


We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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