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Nuclear Fire Safety Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Hampshire, Tadley
Up to £55000 per annum + plus market leading benefits
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Fire Safety Engineer

This role will support the production of fire safety cases (delivered by Safety Case colleagues) in accordance with AWE Management Arrangements. This will be at the forefront of a wide variety of work, involving ground-breaking innovation and technical challenges across a wide range of projects associated with:

  • AWE's multibillion-pound Capital Programme of new facilities.
  • Planning future systems in support of the UK's long-term strategic deterrent.
  • Maintaining and extending the life of existing facilities.
  • Decommissioning of redundant facilities.

Location - Reading / Basingstoke area

Package - £35,720 - £50,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Generous Relocation Assistance is available where eligible.

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offer an attractive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, ongoing professional development as well as work-based experience, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent). We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours. There may be some limited hybrid working, depending on operational requirements.

You will be trained and supported in the conduct of the following:

  • Interpretation of existing fire strategies (buildings).
  • Interpretation and understanding of existing Fire Risk Assessments.
  • Identify & record fire load inventories.
  • Fire Hazard Identification studies.
  • Production of Fire Hazard Assessments in support of Safety Cases.
  • Fire Modelling-. Experience and/or knowledge of fire engineering computer software, i.e. fire & smoke transport modelling, etc (advantageous).
  • Analysis of the thermal properties of materials

Ideally you will have:

  • Degree or Postgraduate in a science or engineering based subject or extensive experience in the field.
  • Knowledge of fire safety legislation and the relevant guidance within the UK.
  • Good interpersonal/communication skills, report writing and presentation skills.

Desirable background:

  • Knowledge and experience of working on a site containing radiological, chemical and/or explosive hazards (This can be developed in role).
  • Chartered engineer (or actively working toward this)
  • Associate or Graduate Member of IFireE (AIFireE or GIFireE) or have a membership of a relevant professional body (or actively working towards this).

If you're a graduate, recently qualified in Fire (Safety) Engineering (or a similar degree) or have extensive experience in the field of fire safety, this may be the perfect opportunity to kick-start your career as a Fire Safety Engineer.

This is a highly rewarding position that will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and experience in support of AWE's important mission to keep the Nation safe.

​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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