Senior Support Engineer (M)

Posting Date: 15 September 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Senior Support Engineer (Mechanical) / Mechanical Project Engineer
12 month FTC
Starting Salary: £36,525
Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth

About the role

Here at Babcock International, we’re looking for a Senior Support Engineer (Mechanical) for a fixed term contract of 12 months within the Surface Combatants Projects as part of the Warships Business Unit Devonport to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe.


You’ll work in a key role to help in ensuring 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 the Senior Support Engineer (Mechanical) you will provide technical support and assistance to the Mechanical Production Manager including and support with all aspects of T23 Planning and Bid phase.

You will manage and control the 12 Week Look-ahead and review Risk Assessments and Method statements for Zone 2 (mechanical) tasks, providing the correct technical information.


Other tasks include supporting the production manager with achieving cardinal dates and key events in line with programme schedules, and Zone 2 (mechanical) First Line Management as required with technical information, training and oversight.


Finally you will line manage support engineers and have a high-level overview of System status and WiW control for Zone 2 (mechanical), as managed by direct report support engineers


What do I need to do the role?

You will have the ability to interface with managers and customers and should be competent in verbal & written communications. Other requirements for the role include:

• Recognised Project Engineering / Mechanical Project Engineering / Engineering / Technical Apprenticeship, or similar
• Technical knowledge of MRO on Turbines, Pumps, Diesel Engines etc
• Technical knowledge of marine vessels / heavy engineering industries or similar
• Identifying spares for fault rectification
• Working closely with project teams / procurement teams to solve problems
• Pricing up mechanical packages of work
• Managing sub-contractors
• HNC or equivalent level in an Engineering / Technical subject would be an advantage


What else do I need to know?
• The successful candidate will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.
• We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.
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.
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