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Electrical Systems Design 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
27 Dec 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 contributing and helping 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 that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

The Electrical Systems Design Engineer is responsible for supporting project managers and technical leads with defining the electrical system requirements across a varied project portfolio: creating design specifications, generating layout designs, overseeing/creating detailed design drawings, developing commissioning schedules and delivering operational systems and equipment.

It is an exciting time to be joining the team during this period of growth where you will join a diverse and commercial department, Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE). RACE is based at Culham, within UKAEA, specialising in remote handling and automated systems for challenging environments, working on a range of projects both within and outside of the fusion industry.

What will you be responsible for?

As an Electrical Systems Design Engineer, you will be delivering operational electrical systems for a variety of applications, and will be responsible for:

Designing and defining electrical system requirements and design specifications, along with creating detailed design documents and developing commissioning schedules

Carrying out electrical design in CAD

Producing specifications for electrical systems compliant to Machinery and Low Voltage Directives

Preparing detailed electrical schematics and related bill of materials

Reviewing and approving quality of electrical design and documentation created by other engineers

Providing technical support for test and commissioning of systems

Coaching and supervise less experienced staff

Managing subcontractors, including specifying tasks and tracking progress against project milestones

Please note, you may be required to support activities outside normal working hours during busy periods of time.


Essential skills, experience qualification and competence required

HND/C or BEng in a relevant engineering or technical subject

Experience of electrical design using CAD

Experience with low voltage and extra low voltage systems

Ability to work collaboratively in cross discipline teams

Experience of working within a regulated Industry

Competent in electrical calculations

Knowledge of electrical standards and regulations, and electrical principles applied to machinery and distribution systems

Demonstrable leadership and line management experience

Extensive electrical engineering design experience

Experience of assessing electrical design work

Desirable skills, experience and competence

Experience of design for manufacturing

Experience of electrical cubicle design

Experience of cable management design

Experience of LV and ELV distribution

Experience of commissioning

Hold, or working towards, Master's degree

Membership of relevant professional body

Chartered Engineer, or equivalent professional qualification

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. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and 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 27th December 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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