Craft Practitioner - Machine Tools

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
West Berkshire, England, Berkshire
Closing date
11 Nov 2020

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Machine Tools - Craft Engineering

Location - Reading / Basingstoke Area

Salary - Base salary plus contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, additional flexible benefits scheme and excellent work/life balance including 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.

Supporting the UK's Continuous At Sea Deterrence programme and national nuclear security are at the heart of what we do, therefore working with us is both exciting and challenging - in fact it's everything you would expect from a company that supports national security.

The Engineering function at AWE have vacancies for several Multi-Disciplined Machine Tool Craft specialists and are encouraging applications from engineers (across various technical disciplines) who are looking for their next opportunity.

As a Machine Tool craft engineer at AWE you will be responsible for performing a variety of Machine Tool lifecycle activities inclusive of, installation, breakdown, servicing and condition-based monitoring, to optimise plant and equipment availability. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on equipment that is bespoke, high accuracy and specialist to AWE in addition to a range of standard machine tools.

Successful applicants will take a lead role in the implementation of safe systems of work and work instructions, demonstrating understanding, competence and adherence to all relevant legislative and company standards within designated areas of responsibility.

As a specialist within your service field you shall have knowledge and working experience of fault-finding techniques and methodologies. You will be required to work in a professional and flexible manner across a variety of locations and facilities to fulfil business production requirements.

To be considered for these roles, you must have an engineering apprenticeship with a minimum NVQ/Diploma Level 3 in a relevant technical discipline or NVQ/Diploma level 2 plus industrial experience.


  • Competency in a core trade with capability to work across a range of disciplines or work areas
  • Knowledge of machine tool practices, technologies and techniques (preferred)
  • Knowledge of drives, controllers, fault finding techniques and PLCs (preferred)
  • Ability to work as a lead team member
  • Ability to mentor other team members
  • Ability to apply company values
  • Good computer literacy
  • Good interpersonal skills, written and verbal
  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


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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