Weapon System Engineer

Posting Date: 07 February 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Weapon System Engineer
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Salary: £33,210


About the Role
Here at Babcock International we’re looking several Weapon System 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.

The Weapons Systems Engineering Group (WSEG) is a multi-disciplined group within our Submarine Business Unit that carries out the Installation, STW and Trials of Weapon Systems fitted to Royal Navy Ships and Submarines. As a Weapon System Engineer you will work as part of a multi-disciplined team carrying out on-board commissioning of ships or submarines in Up-Keep and also Operational Support.

If you are an enthusiatic team-player able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of installation, commissioning and defect rectification on equipment / external communication systems on Warships/Submarines, then we would like you to join us in one of the following areas:

  • External Communication Systems on Warships/Submarines including V/UHF, HF, secure speech, antennas and message handling systems.
  • Above Water Weapons Engineers
  • Sonar Engineers
  • EW / Radar Engineers.


What do I need to do the role?
You’ll have an ONC or equivalent in an Engineering / Technical discipline or significant relevant experience gained in a similar position. Proven experience of rectifying operational defects on external communication systems on platforms in fleet-time is also highly desirable.


We would also like you to have some or all of the following Royal Navy WE equipment experience:


  • Warships GWS60, GSA8, DLH, MTLS, ASCG, NCS1. RN Submarine Fire Control or Navigation.
  • S2050, S2008/9, S2054, S2076, HVME, SSE, SAWCS, ES800, Misc Sonars.
  • Warships UAT, ESM, Decoys, Surveillance / Navigation Radars. RN Submarine ESM / Radar.
  • RN WE equipment such as Warships and/or Submarine External Communication Equipments.


Additionally there are further opportunities for candidates with experience and knowledge of External Communication Systems including V/UHF, HF, secure speech, antennas and message handling systems.


What else do I need to know?

  • The successful candidate will hold, or be eligible to acquire, national Security Clearance at the appropriate level for this post
  • Additional hours may be required to support the RN platforms worldwide (CONDO)
  • Passport, Licence and qualification documents must be shown at interview stage
  • Applications are particulary welcome from RN and Service Leavers. Previous experience is desirable but for the right applicant in house and off site training will be provided


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.


We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Application Guidance
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Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.


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.


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: 21 February 2020

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