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Senior and Principal Engineers - Welding Engineering

BAE Systems
Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, England
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11 Dec 2020
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Senior and Principal Engineers - Welding Engineering

Would you like to help to develop weld procedures and provide technical authority on boats in build? We currently have vacancies for Senior and Principal Engineers - Welding Engineering at our site in Barrow-in-Furness to work within our Submarine business.

As a Senior or Principal Engineer - Welding Engineering, you will be executing, evaluating, delivering and managing complex engineering activities, working cross functionally across Astute and Dreadnought programmes, liaising with a broad range of key stakeholders.

This role will provide you with a unique opportunity to work on advanced submarine platforms and ensure we remain at the forefront of innovative procedures, working with a range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials, novel welds and welding processes including advanced automation

Your main responsibilities as a Senior or Principal Engineer - Welding Engineering will involve:

Providing welding engineering guidance as well as support to structural and piping areas across the Submarines business unit

Undertaking Procedure Qualification Record development, testing and qualification when approving welding procedure specifications to support process improvements within the production environment

Assisting with preparation and transmittal of welding documentation to production areas

Monitoring weld quality within structural and piping areas whilst reporting findings to internal stakeholders

Investigating and reviewing emerging process technology and consumables for suitability to submarine construction

Liaising with internal departments to ensure welding process control is enforced and maintained

Producing monthly defect reports across all contracts for line management review

Conducting routine process audits within production areas to investigate defect trends and facilitate improvement

Your skills and qualifications as a Senior or Principal Engineer - Welding Engineering:


Degree or equivalent qualification in Engineering/Materials Science/Materials Technology

Recognised Welding Institute Qualifications - e.g. European Welding Technologist/Engineer (EWT/EWE)

Demonstrable experience of developing welding procedure specifications


Knowledge and understanding of ferrous and non-ferrous materials used for structural and piping applications

Experience of dealing with weld repairs

Knowledge of mechanised, orbital and/or automated welding techniques

Engineering Council Registration (CEng, IEng)

What we're looking for in you:

You will have excellent communication skills with an ability to engage and manage key stakeholders, confident in challenging when required. You will be inquisitive, analytical and a strategic thinker, able to apply innovative thinking and 'outside the box' solutions where necessary.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime - Submarines

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace - where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential - is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it's good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.


At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

We’re pleased to launch a BAE Systems first; an interactive video. If you are interested in learning more about working with submarines, click the link below to experience, in your own way, a day in the life at the BAE Systems submarine shipyard.

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