Posting Date: 02 March 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Fabricators (Marine)
Potential Earnings: Up to £35,000
Plymouth, Devon


About the role
Here at Babcock International we’re looking for Fabricators 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 Fabricator you'll play an integral role in ensuring the serviceability of warships and systems through detailed maintenance and refit periods by working within multi–trade teams. Using your experience gained within the Marine industry you’ll undertake structural alterations and repairs on board ships and submarines. Working to engineering drawings and technical specifications, you’ll manufacture structural modules, fabricate and alter structures in a variety of metals and thickness. You’ll also carry out surveys and pre-refit examinations of bulkheads and marine structural systems.


If you can bring technical skills and a safe working attitude, then not only can we provide you with some of the most exciting engineering projects this country has to offer but also excellent development opportunities and benefits package – which will include a relocation package for those outside of the region.


What do I need to do the role?
You'll will have worked in the marine industry with experience of Royal Navy ships and submarines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels or large commercial ships - although other relevant experience may be considered.


It is essential that you hold one or more of the following qualifications:

  • •  Indentured Apprenticeship relevant to the role
  • •  Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in a sheet metal, structural steel or fabrication related discipline
  • •  Level 3 Engineering qualification relevant to the role


You will also need to have the following:

  • •  the ability to read engineering drawings and interpret work instructions
  • •  competency in the use of hand held oxy–fuel burning tools
  • •  competency in the use of general workshop machinery/tools specific to fabricating (grinders, disc cutters, guillotines and band saws)


Lastly, your safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us and health and safety is an integral part of our business. We operate in a high risk environment; therefore we are looking for people who share our understanding and respect for health and safety for ourselves and each other, to ensure that everyone goes home safe every day.


What else to I need to know?

  • We offer a competitive salary, where you have the opportunity to increase your earnings through shift and overtime work, allowing you to potentially take home around £35,000 annually.  Alongside this there is a contributing pension scheme of up to 8% employer contributions. In addition to a competitive salary, you’ll receive additional benefits which make your new role all the more appealing including:
    • 25 days a year annual leave + bank holidays
    • 3 days unpaid leave each year
    • 13:30 finish on a Friday for industrial employees
  • Successful candidates must be eligible to gain security clearance at the appropriate level for this position.


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.


We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Application Guidance

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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


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 click here.


Closing date: 15 October 2019


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