Mechanical Design Engineers

  • Job Reference: R14007
  • Date Posted: 1 August 2022
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £33,850 to £50,000
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

AWE is currently looking for Mechanical Design Engineers to contribute to the delivery of Orion, our laser facility that plays a crucial role in supporting the safety, reliability, and performance of nuclear warheads throughout their lifecycle. The successful candidates should have Mechanical Design experience to contribute to the challenges of the design and development of equipment for our world-leading laser systems and the experiments conducted with them.

Location - Reading area (on-site role)

Package - £33,850 - £50,000 pa (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Generous holiday entitlement 270 hours a year (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off

  • Flexible working hours

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Working with our Orion, our petawatt laser facility

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • AWE Life Insurance

  • Salary sacrifice benefits scheme

What will you be responsible for?

  • Contributing to the conceptual design, detail design, manufacture, assembly, and test of equipment

  • Contributing to the production and delivery of technical documents, reports, and presentations including specifications, design reviews, operational documents, and validation evidence for the engineering solutions

  • Identifying and supporting opportunities for cost savings, efficiency, and business improvement

  • Providing support to Senior Engineers in scoping, planning, and estimating future activities

To apply for this role, candidates should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A HNC/HND or Degree in Mechanical Engineering (essential)

  • Practical engineering experience, ideally combined with the use and knowledge of machine tools

  • A good understanding of mechanical engineering theory and practice, with a broad knowledge of engineering design and manufacture

  • Design experience of complex machinery - Ideally supported by experience working with optical systems and/or vacuum technology

  • Experience of 3D modelling and detail drafting including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing - ideally using Siemens NX

  • Experience of managing small engineering projects and delivering to Quality, Time, and Cost

  • A good knowledge of Quality Systems in a highly regulated industry (desirable)

  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to work independently but also within a team, supporting colleagues to achieve the teams' goals

  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)

  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.