Blast Engineers


Job summary

Atomic Weapons Establishment: AWE
£60,000 - £69,999
Mechanical, Reliability, Systems Design, Testing
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Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

AWE currently has a great opportunities for Blast Engineers

AWE is looking for Blast Analysis Engineers to work in the Applied Engineering team. It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

The Applied Engineering team help underwrite the performance of the warhead through a combination of dynamic testing and computer simulation.

Role: Blast Engineers

Location: Reading Area

Closing date: 1st April 2024

Salary: £44,990 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site
  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)
  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

Successful Candidates will be responsible for:

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and post analysis of trials to ensure Programme objectives are met
  • Testing activities include trials at the UK's Air Blast Tunnel and other smaller scale tests
  • Post analysis activities will include working with large datasets and some modelling may be required. In the time, the successful candidate may be required to apply their skillset to other Engineering and Scientific problems
  • Training and development will be provided as required

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • Strong Physics and/or Engineering educational background (or equivalent)
  • A good grasp of mathematical and engineering concepts
  • An ability to solve physics and engineering problems
  • An ability work as part of a team with multiple stakeholders

We would like to hear from candidates that could demonstrate knowledge and experience (but not essential) in :

  • Applying a Systems Engineering Approach to planning blast trials (or equivalent)
  • Applying loads to test items and predicting / validating response
  • Post analysis of large datasets
  • Blast modelling and/or testing
  • Scientific report writing

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to travel within the UK and overseas if required.


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