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Mechanical Handling Senior Engineer

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

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AWE's Facility Design Authority is now recruiting for a Mechanical Handling Senior Design Engineer to provide guidance and advice that ensures utilities, infrastructure, engineering processes, equipment and facilities are compliant with legislation, standards and requirements associated with engineering designs throughout their lifecycle.

This opportunity would be a great match for a qualified Engineer with working knowledge of developing conventional engineering designs, high hazard and/or nuclear mechanical handling designs including cranes, lifting machinery and/or attachments, trolleys, transportation, logistics engineering, etc.

You should ideally have a relevant degree in an engineering-related discipline and/or relevant mechanical engineering experience and/or working to Chartered Membership of an engineering institution.

As a Mechanical Handling Senior Engineer, you'll be responsible for ensuring AWE Mechanical Handling standards / procedures are current and conform to relevant National/International/Defence Standards.

The candidate should have fundamental technical design knowledge and/or ability of the following:

  • Able to understand and/or develop mechanical engineering calculations on mechanical handling and/or transportation equipment using first principles, MathCAD spreadsheets and/or other methods
  • Working experience of Finite Element Analysis would be highly beneficial, although not essential
  • Understanding of Relevant codes and design standard for cranes, lifting machinery and/or attachments, transportation, trolleys
  • An appreciation of seismic implication on mechanical structures design, but able to work with specialist seismic engineers would be a benefit but not essential
  • Understanding of the machinery regulations, CE marking, designers risk assessments
  • Carry out mechanical handling designer competency assessments

Location: Reading

Salary: £47,690 - £65,000 (dependent on experience)

Closing Date: 30th 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

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the security clearance required for the role and be willing and able to travel within the UK and overseas as required (if applicable) once restrictions are lifted.



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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