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Senior Design Engineer - Electrical

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
£47690 - £65000 per annum + .
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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AWE is looking for talented engineers with a strong background in Control and Instrumentation (C&I) design, to join our Engineering Delivery Team in Capital Engineering.

Location: Reading

Salary: £47,690 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 27th June 2024

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 (including Bank Holidays) 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

The Capital Engineering Delivery team undertakes engineering assessment and design work in support of several key portfolios:

  • Nuclear Risk Management - ensuring that the engineering assets supporting our safety cases are suitable and sufficient to protect our people and the public
  • Design assessment of existing assets and identification of areas for improvement
  • Engineering design for new assets and infrastructure, or for modification of existing installations

As a Senior Electrical Design Engineer you will be responsible for undertaking and leading design activities with support from other junior engineers and engaging with other disciplines to ensure a joined up approach. This role is within the AWE's Electrical Technical Authority.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead other Electrical engineers within the team, providing advice and guidance
  • Lead delivery of engineering and design tasks within assigned areas
  • Interfacing with other disciplines, both technical and non-technical
  • Estimating and planning engineering tasks
  • Supporting the Engineering Manager in ensuring that the requirements are correct and adequate
  • Ensuring that the design intent and configured baseline are maintained throughout the facility lifecycle

What skills and qualifications are needed?

  • An appropriate qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, BEng or MEng equivalent. HNC/HND may also be acceptable with relevant experience in a similar role
  • Professional Engineering recognition as a Member - preferably but not essentially, registered as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council (or on the path to Chartership)
  • A strong demonstrable experience, of working as an Electrical Design Engineer with a good knowledge in:
    • Low Voltage (LV) (400V) Electrical distribution systems design, maintenance and test to the requirements of the IET Wiring Regulations BS7671, and applicable standards,
    • Lightning and Surge Protection System design. In particular with regards to explosive atmospheres

Additionally, experience in one or more of the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Fire detection and alarm systems (IEC 60839-5-1:2014)
  • HV distribution system design, maintenance and test
  • Explosive atmospheres - Electrical installations design, selection and erection (IEC 60079-14: 2014), including Intrinsically Safe Concepts
  • Functional Safety (IEC 61508 and IEC 61511)
  • AWE systems and processes
  • Self-motivation, technical knowledge and a desire for self-development are important attributes for this position
  • Understanding of Relevant codes and design standards for areas of experience
  • A good understanding of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSAWA), Construction Design Management (CDM), risk assessments
  • Experience of Safety Cases or working in a highly regulated (e.g. Nuclear, Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas) industry would be beneficial
  • Good written, verbal and presentation skills - proficient in Microsoft's suite of desktop applications

Candidates must be willing 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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