Mechanical Engineer


Job summary

Atomic Weapons Establishment: AWE
£40,000 - £49,999
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

AWE currently have a great opportunity to join the Mechanical Engineering Team as a Mechanical Engineer, within the Engineering Trials Delivery Unit (ETDU). This is an exciting time to join the group as we face the challenge of developing our capability and techniques to deliver the future programme as well as the continuation of AWE's current programme.

This role would suit a current Mechanical Engineer, Technician/Specialist or a dynamic technician looking for a career challenge. The role is to deliver Mechanical Engineering in support to AWE Programmes such as Assembly/Disassembly of complex trial units both onsite and offsite, Manufacturing components & tooling using machine tools and carrying out maintenance activities.

Location: Reading

Package: £29,640- £42,000 per annum (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 20th June 2024

The Role?

The successful candidate will be providing mechanical engineering support to trials and assembly engineers in existing and new facilities, ensuring the programme is delivered and operated within Systems Engineering methods including Environmental, Safety, Health & Quality tools and processes are used to best effect.

What will you be accountable for?

  • Assist the delivery of engineering solutions that meet safety and performance requirements.
  • Comply with the design intent across the full engineering lifecycle.
  • Plan and execute basic tasks in order to deliver agreed objectives to time, requirements, quality and cost.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality.
  • Additional accountabilities for this job profile may be defined and appointed through the Chief Engineer Management Arrangements, with appointees contained within the Company Design Authorities and Technical Authorities listing, as held in the company management system.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Assist delivery of Mechanical Engineering solutions in relation to defined requirements, across the full engineering lifecycle, to a high standard.
  • Carrying out Assembly/Disassembly of trial units in accordance with trial specifications.
  • Carrying out machining tasks to drawing and quality requirements using Milling machines, Lathes and hand tools
  • Support Team Leader and Senior Engineers to deliver the programme of work.
  • Take ownership of own training and development, agreed objectives and project deliverables.
  • Develop engineering skills and experience relevant to engineering domain.
  • Support scoping and planning activities as required.
  • Identify and support opportunities for cost savings, efficiency, and business improvement.
  • Maintenance and breakdowns through the AMS system
  • Support configuration control, scheduling of work and de-confliction of tasks
  • Work with the operations team to implement and ensure compliance with the safe operating envelope.
  • Being accountable for the escalation of significant issues to the operations management

Whilst not to be considered a checklist, we would like to hear from candidates who have some of the following;

  • ONC / HNC / HND/ NVQ3 / NVQ4 level or equivalent in a STEM vocational qualification supported by practical experience
  • Awareness of technical assessments of existing products
  • Awareness of the development, testing and evaluation of theoretical designs
  • Awareness of estimated budget and scope of project
  • Experience of working in a mechanical engineering environment
  • Experience of workshop operations is essential
  • Understanding of engineering drawings
  • Proven track record of delivering on time and to cost and quality
  • Good working knowledge of IT software systems, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc

What will you get from us?

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
  • 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

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


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