Mechanical Design Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£32,993 - £37,069
26 Apr 2018
24 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Mechanical Design Engineer

Job Ref: 2646

Job type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £32,993 to £37,069 pa (including MPP), dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 26th May 2018

Do you want to help shape the future of the world`s energy? Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) is a business unit, based at Culham, within the UK Atomic Energy Authority specialising in remote handling and automated systems. As part of the global programme for fusion, RACE is developing remote handling systems for the next generations of power stations.

RACE is also at the centre of the UK effort to apply novel technologies to all challenging and harsh environments for the protection of people and advancement of industry. RACE designs, procures commissions, operates and maintains the wide range equipment is used for maintenance and implementation of enhancements of the JET Tokamak and is active in the design and development of remote maintenance systems used in ITER and DEMO fusion reactors.

We are seeking a mechanical design engineers to design, develop, commission, test, maintain and operate tools and equipment for these remote handling operations.

The main responsibilities of the role will include:

-Creation and design of effective remote handling mechanical robotic devices and tooling from concept through systems specifications to detail designs

-Supervision of engineers and draughtsman to maintain high design standards and integrate design work

-Liaison with customers to report of project progress and to agree priorities

-Project management of design projects within budgetary and schedule limits

-Managing the acceptance, testing and commissioning of complex remote systems

Knowledge skills and experience


-Engineering council recognised mechanical engineering degree or equivalent

-Experience in mechanism design and actuator selection

-Experience in design substantiation analysis using hand calculation and finite element techniques

-Competent in generating technical documents and specifications

-Experience in using 3D CAD system

-Ability to co-operate and work as part of a larger team or group


Membership of a Professional Engineering Institution would be beneficial

The successful candidates may be required to occasionally work in beryllium and radiation controlled areas, which would involve wearing personal protective equipment. If required all necessary training and registration for this will be provided.

You may also occasionally be required to be on a scheduled call out roster

Special requirements:

Selection Method(s):

-As part of the selection process you will be expected to give a short presentation to demonstrate your experience in the field of Engineering


-Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

-The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role, please discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.

-Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

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