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Mechanical Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
£37860 - £75000 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Defence, Nuclear Industry
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AWE have an exciting opportunity for Mechanical Engineers of varying levels to join our Warhead Engineering Hardware Realisation team. This role would see you responsible for the design, prototype manufacture, assembly and testing of bespoke electronics enclosures and cabling systems.

Location: Reading

Salary: £37,860 - £75,000 per annum (depending upon skills & experience)

Closing Date: 23rd July 2024

The Role?

Key Responsibilities:

  • Produce and deliver conceptual designs, detail designs, manufacturing specifications, operational documentation, and validation evidence for bespoke electronics enclosures, and connectors.
  • Contribute to the underpinning calculations and modelling during the concept development phase.
  • Provide technical input to the design of new PCBs, and cables.
  • Support technical reviews and give presentations on design solutions, when necessary
  • Assist with Project controls, including ensuring delivery dates are adhered to, budgets are maintained and progress, successes and any improvements are reported
  • Support the assembly work, testing, validation and approval of the component builds within the teams inhouse laboratory facilities
  • Follow company design processes throughout a project, identify areas of improvement and make recommendations

Depending on the stage of your career, we would like candidates to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An HNC/HND or Degree in a Mechanical Engineering discipline or consummate experience
  • Understanding of mechanical design and specification
  • Previous experience of the use of design tools and/or product development & realisation
  • Experience of design for conventional and additive manufacture.
  • Knowledge of engineering manufacturing techniques including Additive Manufacturing
  • Ideally previous experience of 3D solid modelling (Siemens NX, Solidworks) and generation of technical drawings including the use of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to work independently but also within a team, supporting colleagues to achieve the teams' goals

Though not essential, experienced candidates would also benefit from knowledge of ANY of the following:

  • Electronic PCB mountings and interfaces
  • Conformal Coatings and Encapsulants
  • Tolerance and Fault Tree Analysis
  • Predictive Modelling - Finite Element Analysis or Rigid Body Dynamics in shock and vibration environments
  • Design of tooling, jigs and fixtures
  • Product testing and validation

What will you get from us?

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 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)
  • 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 necessary security clearance for the role and as the role may require the wearing of PPE, candidates should also be willing and able to work in designated areas.

The successful candidates must also be willing and able to travel within the UK and overseas as required, which could entail short stays away from home.



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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