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Warhead Mechanical Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Reading, Berkshire
£35720 - £44650 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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AWE's Nuclear Threat Reduction team currently have an excellent opportunity for a Mechanical Engineer responsible for the design, manufacture, assembly and validation on a broad range of engineering projects.

Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire. We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking. On-site role.

Package: £35,720 - £44,650 (depending on your suitability, qualifications, and level of experience)

Closing Date: 27th May 2024

Applicants must have an understanding of mechanical design and specification with experience of design tools, product realisation and manufacturing techniques.

Ideally you will have demonstrable experience of working on multi-disciplined projects and be familiar with the following areas:

  • Stakeholder engagement and capture of technical requirements.

  • Generating concepts and designs for review, leading to manufacture and validation of mechanical engineering solutions to satisfy customer requirements.

  • Product Lifecycle Management including configuration management and quality control.

  • Material selection and manufacturing methods.

  • 3D modelling and draughting (ideally in Siemens NX)

  • Experience in finite element analysis.

  • Product definition including engineering drawings and geometric tolerance specification.

  • Presenting design solutions for peer and customer review.

  • Experience in managing the manufacture of engineered parts - through from quotation to delivery and acceptance of manufactured parts

  • Experience constructing assemblies and prove out of equipment.

  • Working in a dynamic, fast paced work environment

To be considered for the role, ideally you will have an HNC/HND or degree in a mechanical engineering discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment and possess strong communication skills.

What will you get from us?

AWE has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 208 hours of annual leave (plus bank holidays).

  • 9-day working fortnight - 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.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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 market leading contributory pension scheme (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 savings.

  • 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.

Important things you need to know:

  • You must be a UK national who has been resident in the UK for the past 10 years.

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.

  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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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