Metallurgist (6 month FTC)

Posting Date: 15 January 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Job Title: Metallurgist (6 Month FTC)
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Business Unit: Engineering Services

Overall Department Direction
Engineering Services is the professional body that provides integrated technical functions to enable the business to efficiently deliver through life support for both current and future complex assets in Warships, Nuclear Submarines and Deep Maintenance Facilities, in a high hazard and highly regulated environment.

We provide engineering risk-based decision-making and believe that Ships, Submarines and Facilities should be designed to be safe to operate, cost effective and available.


Main Purpose of Role
Based at Devonport within the Engineering Services business and reporting to the Chief Engineer Materials, the role of Metallurgist has several main facets:-


Perform a whole range of metallurgical testing to methods – tensile, hardness, impact, welder approval.
Maintain standard required of a UKAS lab.

Participate in the investigation of service failures and present test results for consideration by senior staff.

Assist in the provision of technical advice on the selection, fabrication and treatment of metallic materials used in marine engineering, in consultation with more senior staff.

Perform Quality Assurance checks for incoming material and components.

Carry out contract review of customer requests for routine testing work.

The role thereby supports the delivery of two key Nuclear Sector objectives, to grow our UK submarine business as the trusted partner to the Submarine Delivery Agency and continue to develop improved in-service and long-term sustainment in support of entire submarine fleet.


Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences
Full training will be available to perform the roles, but any experience will be of significant benefit.

It would be useful but not essential to have submarine platform systems and structure knowledge, with a familiarity working with MoD practices, from either a Dockyard, MoD or Naval operating background. 


A strong technical and practical knowledge of submarine operational and repair requirements is required in order to provide sound judgement when necessary.

A wider understanding of the Safety, Certification and Quality Assurance requirements for Submarine Platforms, Warships and Nuclear Facilities would be valuable, as would a knowledge of the organisation and operation of MoD, RN and other enterprise organisations.

Good written communication skills and practical ability are equally important.


The post holder must be qualified with a degree (BEng or BSc) in Materials Science/Engineering or a related subject covering materials.

The post holder should be seeking Professional Registration with the UK Engineering Council at IEng or CEng level via an appropriate Engineering Institution; membership of a relevant recognised professional institution is desirable.


This position is within the Engineering Services business unit as a Grade 4 which comes with a salary range of £32,450 - £36,380 with DRDL Terms and Conditions.


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.

This role is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard which is located in the vibrant city of Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England. Plymouth is a city with a long and proud military history and more than its fair share of heritage. There is something for everyone here; from a superb coastline if you are a water sports enthusiast or Dartmoor National Park if you enjoy hiking and climbing, or simply enjoy the fantastic scenery. For a great night out we have the historic Barbican area with its wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.

Company Information
This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. The Marine Sector delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services. Ranging from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training delivered through unique owned and managed infrastructure to defence and civil customers across the globe.


Babcock International Group is committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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 fit your specific needs.


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 two week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please visit our website.


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Business Area- Devonport
Babcock International Group owns and operates the main refit, maintenance and workshop area of the 330 acre naval site at Devonport, known as Devonport Royal Dockyard, where it employs thousands of people. The remainder of the site at Devonport is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is known as Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport – one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe.


Babcock and the Ministry of Defence work in partnership to operate and maintain this co-located site by providing through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment.


Babcock has a large design and technology capability providing a wide range of support activities including feasibility and project definition studies, detail design and draughting, development trials, noise and vibration analysis, structural analysis, project management, integrated logistic support and risk management.

Application Guidance
If you are currently employed by Babcock/Cavendish Nuclear please let your line manager know that you’re applying for this vacancy.  You should also let them know if you are attending an interview or assessment for a role.


Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date so you may wish to keep a copy of this advert and any supporting documents for your records.


We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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.

Closing date: 24 February 2020

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