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Senior Engineer - Mechanical

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Job Title:        Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Location:        Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth PL1 4SG
Compensation:    £44,205 - £49,625 + pension (up to 8% matched) + 25 days holiday
Role Type:    Full Time, Permeant Role
Job ID:        SF40141


Here at Babcock International we are looking for a Senior Engineer to join our team at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. Babcock are a key strategic partner to our customers, the MOD and the Royal Navy. The Mechanical Handling Technical Authority within ‘Engineering Services – Facilities Engineering Group’ are responsible for providing both technical support and design consultancy on non-nuclear and nuclear Babcock mechanical handling assets within the Devonport site. The Facilities Engineering Group are currently expanding and this is your opportunity to join us at this exciting time.

Who we are looking for?

We are looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer to join our team in managing the reference design of existing mechanical handing assets across the Devonport site and contributing to the design and specification of new equipment.  As a Senior Engineer in the team, you will be comfortable in either producing a new design from your desk or supervising the installation and commissioning of new equipment on a crane. The Mechanical Handling Technical Authority incorporates both Mechanical and EC&I engineers. Therefore, we are looking for individuals that can understand electro/mechanical systems and are able to work collaboratively in multi-disciplined teams.

What will you be doing?
You'll provide professional technical assistance and advice to support ongoing operational availability and maintenance of mechanical handling assets. The secondary purpose of the role is in the design function where the focus of activities are on the provision of new, or modification to, crane designs, lifting equipment and systems as well as injection of new capabilities and undertaking life extension activities.

In fulfilling this, the role involves:
•    Design development through the whole design lifecycle (requirements development, drawings, calculations, specifications and reports).
•    Support to implementation of new designs (Factory acceptance testing, supporting commissioning).
•    Maintaining the content and configuration of the reference design documentation of extant assets through-life.
•    Specifying replacement equipment/components and supporting the production of configuration documentation for permanent modifications.
•    Undertaking asset conditions surveys and producing condition reports / fault-finding on existing assets.
•    Periodic reviews of maintenance regimes and activities.

The experience you’ll bring 
You will be qualified to degree level in a mechanical engineering discipline and have significant experience in the design process and the design / substantiation of engineering systems.

Ideally you will be Incorporated or Chartered, or working towards professional registration.

We would also like you to have the following:
•    Experience of cranes/lifting equipment and crane operations or knowledge and experience of other electro-mechanical/hydraulic systems.
•    Experience of operating within nuclear or other high-hazard environments.
•    Experience in the use of CAD and/or FEA packages.

This position requires someone who has strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and engage effectively with a range of stakeholders at all levels of the business, in order to support the production of new equipment and the ongoing support to existing equipment.

What a role within Babcock offers
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 the site for the maintenance of the Royal Navy’s fleet of 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.
The role will be a mixture of office-based work and time on-site.  We also support flexible working such as home working when this can be supported in terms of project/business need.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

We also offer:
•    25 days holiday entitlements + bank holidays + flexible working
•    Pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary
•    Employee Share plan
•    Autonomy - trusted and empowered to deliver and be your best.

About Babcock 

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.


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Application Guidance: 

All applications should be made online.


We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive 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.

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Closing date: 06/12/21



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