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Mechanical Engineering Technician

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£36,397 to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
20 Jan 2022

Job Details

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.

Who are we looking for?

We have the opportunity for a Mechanical Engineering Technician to join our Building Services Engineering Group (BSEG) on a permanent basis.

The Mechanical Systems for which the BSEG is responsible provide key and critical services to UKAEA Fusion Research, including systems for personnel safety, radiological protection, and operation of the two Tokamaks at the Culham site.

The diversity and range of these systems and the work that they support provide variety and more than the occasional challenge, requiring flexibility, adaptability, and an enthusiasm for determining how things work.

To be successful as the Mechanical Engineering Technician, you will have knowledge and experience of working with industrial mechanical systems, such as heating and cooling plant, hydraulic systems, and ventilation systems. Due to the nature of the work, you will also need to have a high-level understanding of Written Safe Systems of Work (RAMS etc) and to be able to read and interpret engineering drawings.

You will also require good organisation and communication skills to be able to effectively organise and supervise a small team, providing detailed work plans.

What will you be responsible for?

-Supervision of in-house mechanical tradespersons, with responsibilities for safety and standards

- Assisting with the development of the Group's Apprentice trainees

- Writing Risk Assessments and Method Statements for assigned work packages

- Hold toolbox talks and pre-work briefs with in-house personnel

- Maintain the Group's Risk Assessments with regards to PUWER, including HAVS Risk Assessments

- Co-ordination, liaison and monitoring of external contractors working on UKAEA systems, including review of Contractor RAMS in line with UKAEA processes and procedures

- Working independently and taking full responsibility for the delivery of assigned work packages

Please note: There is a requirement to work in active areas, with hazardous materials and at height. There is an occasional requirement to be available to work extended hours / weekends.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Producing written safe systems of work (RAMS)

- Supervision of experienced tradespersons in a mechanical role

- Use of project planning tools, GANTT charts

- Appreciation of the requirements of applicable acts and regulations such as H&SAWA, COSHH, PUWER and LOLER

- HNC in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline, or equivalent Engineering Apprenticeship

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 increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays

- 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 20th January 2022. 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.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit the UK Government’s website. If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.


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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