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Senior Mechanical Engineers (Trials Design)

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England, Berkshire
£42650 - £58000 per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Experienced & Senior Mechanical Engineers (Trials area)

Location - Reading/Basingstoke area

Package - £42,650 - £58,000 (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, including Bank Holidays, plus every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • 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)

AWE is currently recruiting for both an experienced and a Senior Mechanical Engineer to work within the Engineering Trials Delivery Unit of our Trials and Test delivery area, supporting environmental testing through design of experimental equipment, and research and provision of environmental testing capabilities. The successful candidate will work on a variety of challenging design and capability projects to meet the needs of engineering Trials, as well the delivery unit's research and development goals.

Depending on experience, the successful candidate will also be supported to undertake assessment by the Design Authority to be accountable for ensuring the technical solutions developed meet the high standards of operational safety, performance and our customers' requirements.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Leading or supporting on the delivery design projects, including requirements capture, concept and detailed designs, design substantiation, operational documentation and producing validation evidence for mechanical engineering solutions relating to environmental testing

  • Producing and delivering high-quality technical reports and presentations

  • Identifying and supporting opportunities for cost savings, efficiency savings and business improvement

  • Leading or supporting in managing partnerships

  • Producing high quality scoping documents, plans and estimates for future activities.

  • Maintaining a technical knowledge of environmental testing capabilities, developments in the field and areas of interest.

  • Aiding the development of junior engineers through formal and informal, technical mentoring

What will you need to be considered?

  • Proven experience of delivering projects with a consideration for quality, time, and cost

  • A strong technical mechanical engineering basis, including: skills in CAD, engineering drawings, design substantiation and legislation

  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral)

  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office

Ideally you will have:

  • Strong skills in relevant CAD software and product lifecycle management packages (e.g. NX, Teamcenter)

  • Engineering analysis skills, experience with stress analysis via calculations and finite element analysis

  • Experience in working in an environmental testing environment with exposure to vibration/shock testing, acceleration testing or others

Ideally, candidates will have either a degree in a relevant STEM discipline, or hold a HNC/HND or NVQ Level 3 qualification supported by relevant experience.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. Due to the nature of this role, we'd need the successful candidate to be able to work on site, in Aldermaston.


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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