Principal Welding Engineer

Posting Date: 07 February 2021

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Principal Welding Engineer
Location: Devonport, Plymouth (working from home is an option, with visits to site required)
Starting Salary: £49,640 - £55,690



About the role
The Welding Design Department supports the repair and maintenance activities on the Royal Navy’s Warships and Submarines at Devonport Royal Dockyard. The Welding Engineering team consists of 7 Welding Engineers who provide subject matter expertise to project and production teams. Welding Design works alongside the Non-Destructive Testing and Welding Compliance Section to ensure the management of a high quality welding.

We’re currently looking for a Principal Welding Engineer to lead the team in developing the welding engineer capabilities of the department. Day to day welding engineering tasks to support production activities and external customers, which will include managing and leading up to 8 Welding Engineers. Providing direction and technical judgement on Welding Engineering projects. Working in conjunction with Babcock’s Weld Quality Management System (ISO3834-2) to ensure quality practises are abided by. The authoring and reviewing technical engineering reports/proposals for bespoke welding techniques utilising materials knowledge. Reviewing and approval of sub-contractor’s quality system. Providing suitable feedback to sub-contractors on their work.


Areas currently being developed include the application of Engineering Critical Assessment and increasing the use of mechanised welding.


The Welding Engineering team interact with many areas of the wider business interpreting welding related problems and working together to share knowledge and increase the expertise of the department.

What do I need to do the role?
The candidate will have a minimum of a Masters qualification in a relevant engineering discipline. They must have an understanding of welding processes and techniques. They will have a high degree of computer literacy; experience in using engineering software would be an advantage. Their experience must demonstrate a working knowledge of submarines / surface ships in both structural applications and pipe systems.

What else do I need to know?
• The applicant must be capable of holding NNPI, PSA and Atomic security clearances.
• Chartered Engineer Status. Applicants who have a CEng application accepted by a relevant Engineering Institute will be considered.
• Minimum requirement for the role is having achieved a master’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline.

About Babcock International
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.
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.

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.
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