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Design Engineer - Nuclear Process


Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid: 

Job Title:        Mechanical Design Engineer
Location:        Plymouth
Compensation:    £39,408 + Competitive + Benefits
Role Type:    Full time / Permanent 

Job ID:       SF44996


We have a new permanent opportunity for a Design Engineer to join a growing team in providing technical design support to the business at Babcock. Working within the Nuclear Process Group, you will be part of the Facilities Engineering Technical Authority, responsible for delivering a Technical Authority and Design Agency function, supporting the various business units within Devonport Royal Dockyard (DRD), and Ministry of Defence (MoD) establishments. This position has flexible working arrangements with time spent remotely, office based and on-site, including in radiologically controlled areas.


Who we are looking for?

You will have an understanding of mechanical engineering principles for the design, operation and maintenance of pressure/pipework systems, or chemical engineering principles relating to process systems. You will have a background and an education in engineering to underpin this understanding but will also be willing to learn and further develop your skills. You will be given the support and means to do this while contributing to the defence capability of the UK in a fast-paced and challenging engineering environment.

What will you be doing?
As a Design Engineer in the Nuclear Process Group, you will be responsible for providing technical engineering support and advice, as well as undertaking design activities relating to process engineering supporting dockyard facilities. This includes the maintenance and control of modifications to the design intent of nuclear process plant and equipment across Devonport Royal Dockyard’s Nuclear Licensed Site and the MoD’s Authorised Site.


Responsibilities will also include:
•Leading or working within a team of engineers, planning and organising tasks and facilitating progress
•Production of design documentation and supporting assessments, acting as lead author where appropriate
•Development and delivery of designs in accordance with the design process (Start-up, Concept, Scheme, Detailed and Implementation phases) and relevant legislation
•Provision of advice, as directed by line management, on the implementation and maintenance of design documentation and compliance with relevant codes, standards and legislation
•Performing, and where appropriate checking, design analyses and associated activities
•Representing Nuclear Process Group Technical Authority by leading on-site visits and where appropriate, providing guidance and leadership to contract staff

The experience you’ll bring 
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 one or more of the following:
•    Knowledge of pressure systems (pipework, tanks, pumps, overpressure protection etc.)
•    Experience in Computer Aided Design
•    Experience using engineering software for stress analysis or fluid flow
•    Experience in nuclear plant design, operations or maintenance
•    Knowledge of legislation, engineering standards and design codes
•    Experience of having applied the whole design lifecycle.


You will need to satisfy security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.

What a role with Babcock offers? 
•    Enhanced employment terms and conditions
•    Money purchase pension scheme
•    Life assurance
•    Share ownership scheme
•    Occupational health services
•    Flexible working hours (only non-industrials)
•    Career opportunities, advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams
•    Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts

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. 

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Application Guidance: 

All applications should be made online.


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.
Please follow the link when you apply to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants.

Closing date: 30/11/2022


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