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Design Engineer - Electrical

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, Reading, England
£37860 - £48000 per annum + .
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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AWE is looking for talented engineers with a strong background in Low Voltage (400V) Electrical design to join our Engineering Delivery Team in Capital Engineering.

Location: Reading

Salary: £37,860 - £48,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 12th 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 an Electrical Design Engineer you will be responsible for undertaking design activities, either independently or as part of a team, and for engaging across disciplines to ensure a joined up approach.

Key responsibilities

  • Delivery of engineering and design tasks within assigned areas of responsibility

  • Interfacing with other disciplines, both technical and non-technical

  • Providing engineering support, mentorship, advice and guidance where needed

  • Estimating and planning engineering tasks

  • Ensuring that the design intent and configured baseline are maintained throughout the facility lifecycle

Key Skills, Qualifications & Experience for the role include:

  • An appropriate qualification in a relevant engineering discipline HNC/HND, having completed a recognised and appropriate Apprenticeship

  • Member of a professional association - preferably but not essentially, on the path to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status

  • A demonstrable experience of working as an Electrical Engineer in Low Voltage (LV) (400V) Electrical distribution design, maintenance and test to the requirements of the IET Wiring Regulations BS7671

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

  • Lightning protection design for explosive atmospheres

  • 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

  • An understanding of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSAWA), Construction Design Management (CDM), risk assessments

  • An understanding 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 working with Microsoft's suite of IT applications

Candidates must be willing and able 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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