The Health and Safety Executive is an independent regulator. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industries and the constantly evolving nature of work and technology. We don’t just inspect workplaces and implement the law, but we also campaign for better H&S practice; craft and review guidance and regulations; provide specialist products and services both here and overseas; and produce crucial research and statistics.
Our Mechanical Engineers help some of Britain’s most essential industries work safely and well. And in this role, you can use your considerable technical knowledge to influence both individual employers and whole sectors. This means you will encounter a massive range of machinery and process industries, from earth-moving equipment on construction sites through to passenger lifts in shopping centres.
You might be investigating the cause of a mechanical engineering accident, inspecting a business to ensure system and equipment risks are handled safely or appearing as a specialist witness in legal proceedings. We’ll expect you to spend two to three days a week out on site, so it’s essential you have the knowledge and experience to analyse systems comprehensively, find faults and spot hazards.
Of course, we’ll provide you with specialist training to understand the legal and enforcement requirements of this frontline role. We will, however, be looking though for substantial practical experience in mechanical engineering and a breadth of knowledge in more than one of the following areas:
- Machinery and equipment design
- Project management
- Installation and commissioning of equipment, process engineering,
- maintenance and operation of plant and equipment
You’ll have an in-depth understanding of the principles of initial integrity, safe design and use, failure mechanisms and risk assessment, as well as degradation of materials and life extension. Familiarity with manufacturing processes is essential too, along with a knowledge of plant and equipment, construction plant, mobile equipment and, preferably, hydraulics and pneumatics.
You will have an honours degree in mechanical engineering or an equivalent qualification, as well as Chartered status with the IMechE. It’s essential that you also have a full driving licence.