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Mechanical Engineer

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Mechanical Engineer
Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Salary: £37,165 - £41,710


About the role
We’re looking for a Mechanical Engineer to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting them in Devonport and around the world, delivering complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes and applying our core strengths of technology and expertise to sustain critical and complex assets to help maintain national security.

As a Mechanical Engineer you’ll work within the Facilities Engineering Technical Authority where you'll provide engineering support and deliver design solutions in support of naval nuclear refit and maintenance activities across the Devonport Nuclear Licensed Site and MoD Authorised Site.

Your primary focus will be to maintain and control modifications to, and deviations from, the design intent of nuclear implicated process/pressure systems, acting as the custodian of reference design documentation. You'll be responsible for undertaking design activities from requirements capture, design development, implementation and close out, to through-life support, decommissioning and disposal. You'll be focused on ensuring compliance with Licence Conditions, statutory legislation and design codes/standards, producing design guidance, substantiation and analyses, and delivering against agreed budgets/timescales.

And as you’re supporting our business, we’ll be supporting you. So as well as offering competitive benefits, you will be given the appropriate training to fulfil your role and will have the opportunity to expand your skillset within the engineering industry. Continuing professional development is also encouraged and fully supported.

What do I need to be able to do the role?
You’ll have a minimum of HNC in a relevant engineering discipline and have a proven background as a Design Engineer.

We would also like you to have the following:
•    Knowledge of pressure systems (pipework, tanks, pumps, overpressure protection etc.)
•    Experience in Computer Aided Design and engineering
•    Experience in stress analysis of pressure equipment
•    Demonstrable experience of having applied the whole design lifecycle.

Lastly, you’ll have good interpersonal skills and be competent in verbal and written communication with the ability to operate and interface effectively with Senior Managers, internal and external stakeholders.
What else do I need to know?
•    The successful candidate will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.
•    You will be required to work in radiologically controlled areas (training will be provided)
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.
About Babcock International and Devonport
For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.

You will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.

Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.
Application Guidance

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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.


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Armed Forces Covenant
We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please visit our website.


Closing Date: 18/10/2021



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