Engineering Technician

Posting Date: 22 October 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Engineering Technician



Starting Salary: £31,470



About the role

We’re looking for an Engineering Technician 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.

Babcock Engineering Services provide staff to act as crew replacement team members (known as S-Role) in HMS BULWARK during her current extended readiness period. This period will include a Docking Period and the post docking readiness preparations for the ship’s next operational period. S-role staff will transfer onto HMS ALBION as she becomes the Extended Readiness Assault Ship.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • To monitor the equipment in their charge, audit associated registers and logs, and carry out rounds of machinery and compartments in their Section as required.
  • To bring to the notice of the Head of Group all defects, and any undue circumstances discovered during maintenance or operation.  To report frequently the progress with defect rectification and maintenance and immediately.
  • To enforce safety precautions as laid down in BRd 3000 Chapter 3 and BRd 167, paying particular attention to ensuring that systems under maintenance are ‘LOTO’ in accordance with the latest instructions.
  • To assist the Heads of Group by ensuring that planned maintenance and defect repair is carried out fully, efficiently and to a high standard to achieve the required standard of availability and performance.
  • To oversee any work carried out by contractors and arrange subsequent compartment inspections on completion of work.  To ensure that work carried out has been completed in accordance with the contract before signing for acceptance of the work.

What do I need to do the role?

You must have the ability to operate and maintain Warship Equipment, undertake repairs and manage allocated sections within the engineering department.  Good knowledge of RN Operating procedures with particular skills in the Marine Engineering discipline.  Particular knowledge of hydraulic systems, associated fixtures, and fittings is important. Experience of operating and maintaining the hydraulic equipment, fixtures and fittings is necessary. You should ideally have LPD experience.

We would also like you to have;

  • The applicants will be ideally qualified to HNC in an engineering / Technical subject or have relevant expertise, experience and specialist Naval support knowledge.
  • The Role requires relevant expertise and specialist Naval support knowledge.
  • Specific to type equipment course training is included in the contract and will vary upon experience of applicant.



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.


  • Babcock offers a supportive environment including: enhanced employment terms and conditions, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours (only non-industrials), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams. Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts.
  • 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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we’re compliant with the latest government advice. We are striving to protect both our current and future employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we face.

Babcock are continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.

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

All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page.

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.

This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


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: 30th October 2020


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