Lead Mechanical Design Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£44,959 - £50,272
10 May 2018
09 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Lead Mechanical Design Engineer

Job Ref: 2776
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £44,959 - £50,272 pa (including MPP), dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 9th June 2018

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 draught people to maintain high design standards and integrate design work

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

- Drive and complete complex design activities within allotted time and with high efficiency, and ensuring designs are compliant with correct design files.

- Lead and manage the maintenance, diagnosis and repair of existing UKAEA and JET systems.

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

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience


- 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 work as part of a larger team or group 

- Engineering council recognised mechanical engineering degree or equivalent experience


- Membership of a Professional Engineering Institution would be beneficial 

Special requirements:

Engineers will be required to travel and work offsite in support of RACE project responsibilities

Selection Method(s):
- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.


- 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.

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

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

- 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.

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