Electrical Systems Design Engineer

UK Atomic
Culham, Abingdon
£36,397 to £52,293
23 Mar 2021
20 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Electrical Systems Design Engineer


Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: RACE Operations

Salary: £36,397 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

Salary band: £40,000 to £49,999 per annum

Confirmed Grade: Level 4 / Level 5

Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description


By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

Job Description


Who are we looking for?

The Electrical Systems Design Engineer is responsible for supporting project managers and technical leads with defining the electrical system requirements across a varied project portfolio: creating design specifications, generating layout designs, overseeing/creating detailed design drawings, developing commissioning schedules and delivering operational systems and equipment. 

As the design engineer, you will be adaptable, with exceptional organisation skills and with a collaborative approach to work. You will have proven ability to deliver electrical engineering projects as well as a passion and and determination to work at pace whilst managing multiple projects. If this sounds like you, read on.

It is an exciting time to be joining the team during this period of growth where you will join a diverse and commercial department, Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE). RACE is based at Culham, within UKAEA, specialising in remote handling and automated systems for challenging environments, working on a range of projects both within and outside of the fusion industry. 

What will you be responsible for?

As an Electrical Systems Design Engineer you will be delivering operational electrical systems for a variety of applications, and will be responsible for: 

- Designing and defining electrical system requirements and design specifications, along with creating detailed design documents and developing commissioning schedules.

- Carrying out electrical design in CAD

- Producing specifications for electrical systems compliant to Machinery and Low Voltage Directives

- Preparing detailed electrical schematics and related bill of materials.

- Reviewing and approving quality of electrical design and documentation created by other engineers.

- Providing technical support for test and commissioning of systems

For the more experienced role, you will also be responsible for:

- Coaching and supervise less experienced staff

- Managing subcontractors, including specifying tasks and tracking progress against project milestones

Please note, you may be required to support activities outside normal working hours during busy periods of time. 

We are recruiting for this role across two levels with the Level 4 attracting a salary range of £36,397 to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) and the level 5 attracting a salary of £49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP). Please do confirm your salary expectations when submitting an application, and your level of experience will be assessed as part of the interview process.



Essential skills, experience qualification and competence required

- Experience of electrical design using CAD

- Experience with low voltage and extra low voltage systems

- Experience of working within a regulated Industry

- HND/C or BEng in a relevant engineering or technical subject

- Ability to work collaboratively in cross discipline teams

- Competent in electrical calculations

- Membership of relevant professional body, working towards Chartership

- Knowledge of electrical standards and regulations

In addition to the above, it is essential for the higher level to possess: 

- Demonstrable leadership and line management experience

- Extensive electrical engineering design experience

- Experience of assessing electrical design work

- Strong knowledge of electrical principles applied to machinery and distribution systems

- Chartered Engineer, or equivalent professional qualification

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- Experience of design for manufacturing

- Experience of electrical cubicle design

- Experience of cable management design

- Experience of LV and ELV distribution

- Experience of commissioning

- Hold, or working towards, Master's degree

Additional Information


What we offer

- A competitive salary  

- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 

- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 

- Flexible working options including family friendly policies  

- Emergency leave (paid) 

- 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 

- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  

- Annual corporate bonus scheme  

- Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 20th April 2021. We may close earlier than this date 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.

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