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Design Engineer - Refit Support Equipment


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:              Design Engineer - Refit Support Equipment
Location:              Plymouth, Devon + Hybrid Working Arrangements 
Compensation:    £42,245 - £47,215 dependent upon experience + Benefits
Role Type:           Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:               SF58375


At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Design Engineer - Refit Support Equipment at our Devonport Royal Dockyard site.


The role
As a Design Engineer - Refit Support Equipment, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. The group is responsible for delivering a Technical Authority and Design Agency function, supporting the various business units within Devonport Royal Dockyard and MoD establishments.


Day-to-day, you’ll provide technical engineering support and advice and undertake design activities relating to Refit Support Equipment that interfaces with submarine reactor plant fluid systems and other ship/facility systems.


  • Working within a team of Engineers, planning and organising tasks and facilitating progress against defined objectives
  • Production and where appropriate, checking of design documentation (reports, drawings and analyses), throughout the full design lifecycle (start-up, concept, scheme, detailed and implementation phases)
  • Provision of advice, as directed by line management, on the implementation and maintenance of design documentation and compliance with relevant codes, standards and legislation
  • Representing Refit Support Equipment Group Technical Authority by leading on-site visits and where appropriate, providing guidance and leadership to contract staff
  • Provision of through-life technical support for refit support assets
  • Provision of technical support, advice, guidance and resolutions to optioneering studies, design reviews, HAZOPS etc.


This role is full time, 35 hours per week and provides hybrid working arrangements with 2 days in the office/onsite and 3 days working from home.


Essential experience of the Design Engineer - Refit Support Equipment:

  • Understanding of mechanical engineering principles for the design, operation and maintenance of pressure/pipework systems
  • Understanding of the requirements for Refit Support Equipment connected to various classes of submarine
  • Knowledge of the design lifecycle
  • Knowledge of the general regulations, legislation and standards that are applicable to nuclear process and pressure system design
  • Technical experience with one or more of the following: Pressure systems, CAD, component engineering simulation, system fluid flow analysis, submarine system design


Qualifications for the Design Engineer - Refit Support Equipment:

  • FdSc/HND or equivalent in a mechanical/process engineering discipline, or HNC with substantial relevant experience.


Security Clearance
The successful candidate must be a sole UK national who is able to achieve and maintain Security Check (SC) and Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information (NNPPI) security clearance for this role.


Many of the positions within our company are subject to national security clearance and Trade Control restrictions. This means that your eligibility for certain roles may be affected by your place of birth, nationality, current or former citizenship, and any residency you hold or have held. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (


What we offer 

  • Generous holiday allowance 
  • Contributory Pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme 
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave 
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
  • ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity
  • Flexible working – we give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. 
  • Potential to develop skills.


Babcock International 
For over a century Babcock  has helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. 


We are a disability confident committed employer. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please email with the subject header ‘Reasonable adjustments requirement’. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working – please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Closing date: 21/07/2024



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