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Explosives Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, England, Reading
£29640 - £44000 per annum
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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AWE is currently recruiting for a Electro-Explosives Engineer to provide expertise to the Warhead Engineering Sub-Function in support of AWE Programmes. You will apply engineering methods, tools and processes to complex warhead engineering tasks and provide guidance/mentoring to inexperienced engineers about the practical use of engineering methods, tools and processes.

What will the role of an Electro-Explosives Engineer look like for me?

  • Expedite the planning and execution of tasks in order to deliver specific agreed objectives on time; demonstrating control of cost and quality.
  • Lead and influence collaborative working and contribute towards the achievement of project goals.
  • Expedite progress of designs through product lifecycle.
  • Understand hazards and associated risks of any work conducted and, where required, safely use specialised equipment.
  • Lead the delivery of conceptual designs, detail designs, manufacturing specifications, operational documentation and validation evidence for electro - mechanical engineering solutions in relation to defined requirements.
  • Produce high quality scoping documents, plans and estimates for future activities.
  • Where appropriate, discharge the role of professional mentor.
  • Must be proficient with NX or similar CAD programmes.
  • Leading small scale explosives trials (explosives trials knowledge preferred but training can be given to the right candidate).

Whilst not considered a checklist, candidates would benefit from experience in any of the following:

  • Production and delivery of high-quality technical reports and presentations.
  • Identifying and supporting opportunities for cost savings, efficiency and business improvement.
  • Managing stakeholder partnerships to both internal and external customers
  • Aiding development of less experienced engineers through formal and informal, technical mentoring.
  • Organising personal training and development under the guidance of a professional mentor
  • Explosives experience and knowledge.
  • Electronic Data capture methods such as Photon Doppler Velocimetry, Time of Arrival Probes and Data capture software such as KeySight etc.
  • High Voltage and Capacitor Discharge Unit Firing Systems.

To be considered for the role you will have a degree level or relevant qualifications & experience in an engineering discipline coupled with proven experience working in a similar scientific/engineering environment and possess strong communication skills.

What will you get from us?

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours 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.
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution).
  • 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.

Location: Reading

Salary: £29,640-£44,000

Closing Date: 12th July 2024

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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