Safety Shift Mechanical Craft Practitioner

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
£27000 - £40000 per annum
Closing date
10 Oct 2023

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Maintenance & Service
Nuclear Industry
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Have you served a recognised Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship and are looking for your next career move that can offer excellent training and progression?

Are you looking for a shift role, giving you more flexibility with your time?

If so, a career at AWE could be for you!

This is a superb opportunity to apply your knowledge and expertise to support the UK's Nuclear defence programme and be part of a team of remarkable people achieving extraordinary things.

If you enjoy working with your hands and you are looking for a new challenge, then this could be the role you are looking for. We are recruiting for a Safety Shift Mechanical Craft Practitioner to carry out a wide range of planned, predictive, and reactive mechanical maintenance activities.

While working at AWE you can expect to work on systems such as; HVAC, pumps, rotating machinery, steam and condensate systems and many more.

Location - Reading area.

Package - £27,420 - £39,060 subject to skills and experience, plus a shift allowance (equating to approximately 33.33%) and other allowances.

Closing Date: 9th October 2023

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

  • 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

  • Opportunity for overtime available at enhanced hourly rate

  • 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


On a day-to-day basis, the safety shift team will be responsible for the routine Inspections of critical safety systems, responding to and coordinating site emergencies and carrying out routine and reactive maintenance.

The maintenance work will include an implementing condition-based monitoring techniques on plant, undertaking legislative planned maintenance (such as PSSR, LOLER) all while working to risk assessment and method statements.

Key accountabilities will include:

  • Performing routine maintenance on mechanical systems and equipment

  • Troubleshooting and fault rectification mechanical issues

  • Installing and upgrading mechanical systems and equipment

  • Being part of an on-call team within the shift team

  • Testing and inspecting mechanical systems and equipment

  • Keeping accurate records of maintenance and repairs performed

  • Following all safety procedures and regulations

Though not to be considered a check list, candidates would benefit from knowledge/experience of ANY of the following:

  • Planned, predictive and reactive maintenance on commercial systems (HVAC, VA, ultrasound)

  • Adhering to a strong safety culture and working to industry standards

  • Previous experience in a building, plant, or manufacturing environment

Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Engineering Apprenticeship NVQ/Diploma Level 3 in relevant discipline or NVQ/Diploma Level 2 plus industrial experience

  • A recognised relevant qualification such as City & Guilds, ONC or BTEC Level 3

The following are desired not essential:

  • Previous experience carrying out a safety shift role

  • CBM training or experience

  • Relevant bearing training and experience

  • Steam and condensate training and experience

  • Swagelok or other pipework training and experience

All Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.



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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