UK nuclear industry adding power to the job market

Written by: The Engineer
Published on: 9 May 2017



A government review of energy policy in 2006 gave the green light to a new generation of nuclear power and the UK civil nuclear power industry is experiencing a period of growth, with major energy companies planning to build up to 16GW of new nuclear power capacity by the mid-2020s. As a result the nuclear industry employees over 65,000 people across the UK, covering a wide variety of roles with the prospect of many more jobs being created.

When you think of the nuclear power industry, the first thoughts that are likely to come into your head are of the vast power stations that have dominated sections of the British landscape for the past half century. But a closer look at today’s nuclear industry reveals a huge supporting network of manufacturers and engineers that are integral to making this a reality.

For over 20 years Fircroft has been supplying workforce solutions to some of the largest operators in nuclear power. Recruiting for roles across the project lifecycle, Fircroft currently has over 500 contractors under management and annual sales to the global nuclear industry of over £50 million.

Below Fircroft takes a brief look at the engineers that keep the UK’s nuclear industry operational on a day to day basis:

A Manufacturing Project Engineer is responsible for the identification, management and delivery of all Manufacturing tasks and deliverables on their allocated projects, from support to tender through to delivery to the customer. Overall they are the single point of contact for manufacturing with other departments, ensuring all teams work together to achieve a shared goal.

Another vital role is a CNC Programmer & Operator who works with computer numeric controlled (CNC) heavy machinery from setup to operation to produce parts and tools from metal, plastic or other materials. These tools then form a vital part of generating nuclear power in the UK.

Finally we take a look at the role of a Project Planner who is primarily responsible for assessing and reporting on all aspects of project planning, reporting to the Project Manager and supporting in regular updates and change requests.

Are you looking to progress your career in the UK civil nuclear industry? Fircroft has a variety of nuclear roles available, apply online today.