Senior Welding Engineer

Posting Date: 24 September 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Senior Welding Engineer


Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth

Starting Salary: £43,445 - £48,770


About the role

We’re looking for 2 Senior Welding Engineers to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure 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.

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.


As the Senior Welding Engineer you will manage the team in developing the welding engineer capabilities of the department. Day to day welding engineering tasks to support production activities and external customers include: managing up to 3 Welding Engineers and their associated projects.

You will be working in conjunction with Babcock’s Weld Quality Management System (ISO3834-2) to ensure quality practises are abided by and you will be authoring and reviewing technical engineering reports/proposals for bespoke welding techniques utilising materials knowledge. Review and approval of sub-contractor’s quality system to ensure the department maintains a high quality of welding throughout the site. Areas currently being developed include the application of Engineering Critical Assessment and increasing the use of mechanised welding.


What do I need to do the role?

You will have Incorporated Engineer Status.


We would also like you to have the following:

  • The candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s qualification in a relevant engineering discipline (applications with degree equivalent experience will be considered on a case by case basis).
  • They must have an understanding of welding processes and techniques. 2+ years’ experience in Welding Engineering is essential.
  • Their experience must demonstrate a working knowledge of submarines / surface ships in both structural applications and pipe systems.
  • Minimum requirement for the role is having achieved a bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline (applications with degree equivalent experience will be considered on a case by case basis).


Lastly it is desirable that you are an International Welding Specialist and completion of CSWIP 3.1 Visual Inspection course.


What else do I need to know?

  • The applicant must be a British National and be capable of holding NNPI, PSA and Atomic security clearances.
  • 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.


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.

Please follow the link to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants.

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.

It is unlikely that shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview in the first instance. Interviews will be held by phone, or you may be asked to complete an online interview. More information will be provided regarding the format by the recruitment team.

All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page.

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.

This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


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 visit our website.


Closing date: 30th October 2020




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