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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, Berkshire, England
£42650 - £65000 per annum
Closing date
23 Jun 2022
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AWE is at a once in a generation moment - managing the in-service Trident warhead and embarking on the development of a replacement warhead. The unique challenges require innovative and enquiring minds of engineers to work collaboratively to ensure the safety, performance, and reliability of the UK's nuclear deterrent.

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Location: Reading / Basingstoke Area (office based)

Salary: £42,650 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement 270 hours a year (inclusive of bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body

  • AWE Life Insurance

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)

Working within the Warhead Engineering Surety Group, you will help develop components and sub-systems that contain pressurised equipment, structures, electrical sensors and chemical interfaces.

The team is made up of Engineers, Physicists and Material Scientists tasked to provide concepts, prototypes and validated engineered solutions to support Warhead technologies.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Negotiating requirements and interfaces

  • Planning and managing the engineering development

  • Providing verification and test plans for engineering trials and tests

  • Providing system level documentation and presentations for periodic reviews

Candidates will need to have experience managing mechanical/chemical designs and specifications using design tools such as CAD / CAE as well as knowledge of product realisation and manufacturing techniques. Ideally previous experience of 3D solid modelling (Siemens NX, Solidworks etc), Teamcenter and generation of manufacturing drawings.

Though not to be considered a check list, candidates would also benefit from knowledge of ANY of the following however training can be provided:

  • PSSR and pressure vessel design codes

  • FEA/CFD knowledge

  • Stress analysis

  • Product testing and validation techniques

  • Fluid dynamics and hydraulic systems

  • Nuclear Safety assessment techniques

To be considered for the role, candidates will Ideally be professionally registered (Incorporated or equivalent) with equivalent academic qualifications (HNC/HND) and possess good communication skills.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be able to regularly travel to the US for partnering opportunities.



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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