Marine Reactor Fitter

Posting Date: 05 February 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Marine Reactor Fitter 25985

Potential Earnings: Up to £35,000

Location: Devonport, Plymouth


About the role

Here at Devonport Royal Dockyard we’re looking for Marine Reactor Fitters to join the team that is at the forefront of supporting the Royal Navy fleet. You’ll play an integral role in ensuring the serviceability of warships and systems through detailed maintenance and refit periods.

Working on reactor systems and equipment associated with the power plant for Royal Navy nuclear submarines, you’ll provide hands on engineering support within a multi-skilled team environment. You’ll remove, install, repair and maintain reactor systems and equipment on board submarines and in dedicated workshop facilities.

This will include working within the reactor compartments of submarines and within controlled radiation environments. Using engineering drawings and technical specifications, you’ll overhaul and test a variety of mechanical and electrical equipment, which could include lighting, distribution, command and control systems, fluid systems, valves and pumps among other things.

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 ideally have relevant nuclear experience either directly with submarine reactor systems and equipment or within the nuclear power generation industry. Experience in the marine industry with Royal Navy submarines, ships, Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels or large commercial ships is desirable.

Additionally, you’ll need to hold at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Indentured Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in an mechanical discipline
  • Armed Forces PO/CPO/NCO with an mechanical specialisation
  • Level 3 Mechanical qualification


What else do I need?

  • Cleared to SC security level (can be applied for if not held).
  • Already registered/ willing to become a registered radiation worker
  • Willing to undertake specialist onsite training relevant to role.


What else to I need to know?

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.

The role generally requires shift working which attracts a premium on top of basic salary. There are also additional payments for working within radiation areas.

We offer a competitive salary, where you have the opportunity to increase your earnings through shift and overtime 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 and a hugely rewarding career in a great South West location, 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


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.


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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 click here.


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