Senior Remote Handling Operations Engineer

UK Atomic Energy Authority
£48208 - £51385 per annum
18 Sep 2020
16 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Remote Handling Operations Engineer

Job Ref: 4996
Job Title: Senior Remote Handling Operations Engineer
Job type: Permanent, Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £48,208 - £51,385 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 16th October 2020

Are you interested in using new technology to implement robotic solutions for hazardous environments?

Do you have experience setting up and commissioning robotic systems as well as producing formal operations documentation?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced engineer to work on and manage the design and deployment of robotic systems with the opportunity to work and collaborate across a range of international projects. You will be involved in component design, remote handling task development and leading a technical team operating robotics in our multi-million pound environment.

You will be working within our RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) business unit, which is part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, specialising in robotics handling. As part of the global programme for fusion, RACE is developing remote handling systems for the next generations of power stations and is at the centre of the UK efforts to apply novel technologies to all challenging environments for the protection of people and advancement of industry.

Areas of responsibility will include:

- Managing a shift team operating a remote handling system to maintain and upgrade high-value complex machinery in an inaccessible area
- Designing equipment and tooling so that complex operations can be undertaken using a robotic remote handling system
- Completing and presenting feasibility assessments for remote handling tasks
- Specifying physical and virtual mock-ups
- Developing sequence descriptions and remote handling operating procedures

This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic and rapidly growing department which designs, procures and operates the wide range equipment used for maintenance and upgrade of the JET Tokamak as well other commercial projects. The RACE team has more than 35,000 hours of operational experience supporting this world leading fusion science program. This is an exciting opportunity to ensure the delivery of future JET shutdown programmes and provide Operations Engineering expertise to projects across the RACE portfolio.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particular from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our Inclusion Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

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.

Knowledge, skills and experience


- A recognised qualification in Engineering to at least HND level, OR equivalent practical experience
- Experience in supervising technicians
- Experience in generating formal operations documentation or working within a highly regulated environment
- An understanding of Written Safe System of Work and its use to control plant and personnel risks
- The ability to respond to unexpected issues proactively
- Experience in the operation of robotic equipment and tools
- A proven track record in delivering to time and budget requirements


- Knowledge and experience of machinery and industrial robotics regulations, or in the commissioning of such systems
- Registration with a professional body - EngTech, IEng, or CEng
- There is potential for this role to include line management of up to four Operations Engineers, so experience of line management would be an advantage

Special requirements:

- The JET shutdown operations are staffed in shifts and the appointee must be prepared to work shifts or be on call as required. However, this is only during shutdown preparation and operation. (Not full-time shift work. On average about 25% of the year)
- Typical shift pattern when in remote operations are 06:00-15:30 for 2 weeks, one week on base hours (37.5 hours) and 15:15-01:15 for 2 weeks
- The appointee may be required to work in Beryllium and Radiation controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

Selection Methods and Notes:

- 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 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

- We actively promote equality and value 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 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

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