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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer (NPP Group)

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England, Berkshire
£44990 - £67000 per annum + + excellent benefits
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Design, Mechanical
Defence, Nuclear Industry
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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Location: Aldermaston, Berkshire (On-Site role)

Package: £44,990 - £67,000 (depending on suitability and level of experience)

About Us

AWE is one of the UK's 25 best big companies to work for. Join our 'One Engineering' culture and you will benefit from a supportive, friendly, and flexible environment that powers your career to chartership (if desired) and onwards to reach your professional goals. Achieve your full potential through mentoring, tailored training, and horizon-expanding secondments. At AWE you will find that diversity, equity, and inclusion are 'baked in', from Executive Team ownership to employee-led guidance networks. Bring your unique perspective to our critical mission.

What do we offer?

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year, including Bank Holidays)

  • 9-day working fortnight (every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training & an established career development pathway

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • 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)


We are currently recruiting for several roles across engineering. Below is a brief summary of the different opportunities.

Design - providing design integration and through life support for current and future systems from concept to substantiation, validation & verification and Trials.

Trials - Design, build and fielding of extraordinary engineering tests, underpinning the UKs Nuclear Deterrent using pioneering science and computational methods to substantiate safety and effectiveness. These roles can offer the opportunity to get hands on experience, testing in extreme environments at unique facilities in the UK and abroad.

NTR - Providing Nuclear threat reduction support to the UK government over a wide variety of areas.


  • Provide mentoring to junior engineers

  • Be able to work as part of a team and independently to deliver packages of work as per the customer requirements

  • Understanding customer requirements and being able to translate these into engineering solutions

Qualification and Education Requirements

A Degree, HND/HNC or an equivalent vocational qualification, in an engineering discipline, with or working towards professional registration.


  • Experience of successfully managing a team of 7-10 people

  • Proven track record of driving delivery, performance and continuous improvement

  • Demonstrates a working appreciation of financial and business requirements

Preferred skills

Experience/understanding of any of the following would be advantageous, but not essential as career and role specific training will be given:

  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) including configuration management and quality control

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems

  • Engineering drafting to BS8888 with GD&T

  • Substantiating engineering designs for safety and performance

  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and its limitations

  • Machine tools and manufacturing processes

  • Additive manufacturing processes and technologies

  • Static and dynamic environmental testing

  • Material selection and testing

  • Working to British and ISO Standards

  • Technical and management skills including problem solving and decision making


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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