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Mechanical Engineering - Various Opportunities

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England, Berkshire
£35000 - £90000 per annum + + Excellent Benefits
Closing date
11 Oct 2023

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Ignite your Engineering impact in AWE's Monumental Project!

Ready to be part of history? Seize the opportunity to shape the landscape of UK engineering as we embark on an unprecedented journey. Join us regardless of your experience level, We're assembling a diverse team spanning across various levels of expertise to contribute to a project that eclipses even the grandeur of the engineering effort behind the 2012 Olympics.

Our colossal capital Engineering endeavour is poised to redefine AWE, and we are looking for exceptional talent to drive it's success. Whether you are a rising star or a seasoned professional, your skills will thrive, your leadership will shine, and your lasting impact will become an integral part of AWE's future.

Location: Reading (Potential opportunities for hybrid working)


Mechanical Design/Project Engineer: £35,000 - £50,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Mechanical Engineering Manager: £45,000 - £70,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Mechanical Senior Engineering Manager : £58,000 - £90,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)

  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)

  • Life Assurance

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family

  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

  • Relocation assistance (Terms and conditions apply)

Whilst not to be considered a checklist, we are interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in several of the following areas:

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field.

  • Hands on relevant commercial experience in a similar role with a mechanical bias.

  • Familiar with high regulated industries such as: Nuclear, oil, Gas, Rail, Pharma etc

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency in CAD software (e.g Inventor, Solidworks etc) and other relevant design tools.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills for complex engineering challenges.

Communication and Leadership:

  • Excellent Communication skills to convey technical concepts clearly to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.

  • For management roles, demonstrate exceptional leadership, mentoring and team -building capabilities.

Project Management:

  • Proven ability to manage projects, including planning, execution, and successful delivery.

  • Strong project management skills, including resource allocation, task prioritisation, and risk mitigation.

Innovation and continuous Learning:

  • A passion for innovation and staying up to date with industry trends and emerging technologies.

  • Willingness to learn and adapt to evolving engineering practices and methodologies.

  • Importance of contributing toward continuous/Process improvement.


  • Ability to analyse complex technical challenges and propose effective solutions.

  • Strong decision-making skills, especially in high pressure situations.

Experience specific to each role:

Mechanical Design Engineer:

  • Working experience of mechanical design and engineering.

  • Experience in creating detailed design documentation, 3D models, drawings and specifications.

Mechanical Engineering Manager:

  • Proven track record of managing engineering projects.

  • Strong leadership skills and experience guiding and mentoring engineering teams.

Senior Mechanical Engineering Manager:

  • Significant portion of career spent in managerial or leadership roles.

  • Visionary thinking, strategic mindset, and experience leading multiple engineering teams.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


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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