Welding Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
23 Jun 2021

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Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in strategically contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments.

The Engineering Installation Group (EIG) sits within the Central Engineering Department providing bespoke installation and maintenance services to all business teams across the Culham site. This is an exciting role and you will be the first point of contact for Welding Operations and welding liaison with the Industrial Site Services (ISS) Contractor Welding Team, providing oversight for their work.

The EIG provides a team of engineers and technicians to oversee and execute specialist maintenance and project installation activities on unique Plasma Heating and Diagnostic plant, sometimes using specialist novel processes, supporting UKAEA Fusion Operations.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

You will have a passion for technological excellence, always seeking creative ways to solve problems and push scientific & technical boundaries.

What will you be responsible for?

As a Welding Engineer, your duties will include:

- Review and approve weld procedures and associated welder qualifications from the ISS Contractor, and other Contractor organisations on direct contract to UKAEA

- Maintain the records and authorise the use of UKAEA weld procedures. Maintain records of UKAEA welder qualifications

- Oversee the assessment of UKAEA welders in their qualification to specific procedures

- Maintain records of welding undertaken on UKAEA Facilities to the requisite welding quality standards

- Ensuring that Welding Quality Packages, are accurately compiled and completed in a timely manner, for both UKAEA welds and those of the ISS Contractor, or other Contractor directly employed by the UKAEA

- Arranging for Radiography, or other specialist NDT sessions under the relevant contracts when required through the UKAEA Contract Project Manager

- Arranging for UKAEA or Third Party Notified Body inspections, or witnesses, when required

Additional Notes

You will occasionally be expected to work in radioactive areas and at weekends. This role will require the postholder to occasionally work out of normal hours


Essential skills, qualifications, experience and competence required

- Conversant with relevant Welding Codes and Standards: Qualification: notably BS EN 15614, EN 287 and ASME IX Fabrication: notably BS EN 13480, ASME III, VIII, ASME B31.1, B31.3, B31.4, B31.8

- Familiarity with the requirements of the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations (PESR) 2016 and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) 2000

- Degree / HNC in an appropriate Engineering discipline

- Member of The Welding Institute (TWI), Registered European or International Welding Engineer

- Good record keeping – in both electronic and paper media when necessary

- Good communication, numeracy, literacy and stakeholder management skills

- Sound understanding of NDT processes and techniques

- Experience in safe working and supervision

- Capable of working with minimal supervision and guidance

Desirable skills, qualifications, experience and competence

- PCN Certification for some of these NDT processes and techniques

- IOSH Managing Safely qualified

Additional Information

What we offer

- A competitive salary

- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors

- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives

- Flexible working options including family friendly policies

- Emergency leave (paid)

- 30.5 days’ annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service

- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme

- Annual corporate bonus scheme

- Relocation allowance (if eligible)

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 23/06/2021. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.


Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the place to be and we can offer a range of career opportunities. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. 


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