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Lead Mechanical Design Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Abingdon Rd, Culham
£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
15 Sep 2022
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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 (Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative) that capture the spirit of how we work.

Job Description
Who are we looking for?

This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, qualified and experienced mechanical design engineers to join the diverse and growing team at Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE).

If you would like to assist in developing and pursuing the RACE technology roadmap and enjoy the combination of project and operational work this could be a fantastic role for you. The opportunity will give you exposure to a range of work where you will build relationships and collaborate with internal stakeholders and external partners and the chance to work in novel, high tech fusion industry on challenging new engineering developments in remote handling and robotics.

To be successful you will need to have proven experience of coordinating & performing engineering, designing, testing and or analysing work for a complete project of moderate scope. You will need to have the ability to work well within a team, with experience working on projects where you will be required to manage priorities and work within specific timescales and budgets. The ability to communicate effectively is key, as on occasions may act as lead person, providing technical leadership, engineering solutions, advice and guidance in specific field. Not only will you be working as part of a team but you will also have a team of apprentices who you will be assigning, coordinating and reviewing work for.

If you have the skills and attribute mentioned in this job advert then we would love to hear from you.

What will you be responsible for?

- Creating and designing of effective remote handling mechanical robotic devices and tooling from concept through systems specifications to detail designs
- Liaising with customers to report of project progress and to agree priorities
- Driving and completing complex design and task within allotted time, with high efficiency, and ensuring designs are compliant with correct design files
- Leading and managing the maintenance, diagnosis, and repairing of existing UKAEA and JET systems
- Managing the acceptance, testing, and commissioning of complex remote systems
Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Experience in designing complex electro/mechanical devices
- Knowledge in managing designs and teams
- An expert in design substantiation analysis using hand calculation or finite element techniques
- Competent in generating technical documents and specifications.
- BEng 2:1 in an accredited Engineering degree or equivalent training and experience to degree level

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- Experience using CATA
- Chartered status or working towards chartered status

Additional Information
What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a 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 and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘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.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 15/09//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 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 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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