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Electrical Design Engineer

Job Introduction

Job Description for Electrical Design Engineer:

This is where your skills play a critical role in keeping everyone safe. Working in Safety, Security & Safeguards gives you the chance to make your mark on some hugely interesting projects. NNL does work that nobody else in the sector is doing, and this means we need experts like you to make it possible, whilst keeping everyone safe. We’re committed to using nuclear science to benefit society for years to come. This means that you can build a long and successful career here whilst playing a meaningful role in delivering cleaner energy, reducing waste and keeping colleagues and the public out of harm’s way.

The Remote Engineering Design & Robotics Team supplies bespoke remote handling equipment, tooling, inspection systems and robotic systems and tooling for all aspects of remote operations plant intervention work in the nuclear industry. We cover all aspects of projects including consultancy, optioneering studies, concept design, detail design, manufacture, test, commissioning, and on-site operations. 

Electrical Engineers will work in the supply of remotely deployed equipment for use in active plant, underwater operations, radioactive waste size reduction and processing and decommissioning.

In addition, Electrical Engineers will also be involved in the design, build and operation of inactive test rigs to prove new technology, equipment and processes prior to deployment in active nuclear plant.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Electrical Design Engineer:

  • Use of AutoCAD 2D CAD design package for production of 2D detailed design drawings and schematics to the appropriate drawing standards for control panels, electrical equipment of machinery and instrumentation. 
  • Detailed technical and design calculations. 
  • Involvement with the build, installation, commissioning and operational support of plant-based equipment and inactive development test rigs. 
  • Development of prototype equipment and processes through to supply of end products. 
  • Preparation of product safety related documentation, e.g. risk assessments, method statements, operation & maintenance manuals. 
  • Comply with all legislative, regulatory and company policy standards and procedures e.g. safety, quality, risk, security etc. applicable to the role, including those required for CE marking. 
  • Provision of technical direction to technician and craft personnel.
  • To provide electrical, control & instrumentation engineering consultancy and support for remotely operable systems and equipment for the nuclear industry. 
  • Liaison with suppliers and manufacturers, initiation and progression of the procurement process including production of procurement specifications through to delivery and inspection. 
  • Production of technical reports. 
  • Design, installation and commission of inactive test rig electrical building services. 
  • Survey and document plant-based equipment and systems including electrical building services.
  • Technical direction to Design Engineers to produce accurate detail design work and supporting calculations for checking and approval. 
  • Provide technical advice and guidance on issues appropriate to their working area. 
  • Keep abreast of developments in their own field and applying them to designated work packages. 
  • Travel to other sites in order to attend project and customer meetings.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Electrical Design Engineer:

  • Degree in Electrical, Control & Instrumentation Engineering or closely related subject and a relevant level of experience.
  • Experience with 2D CAD design packages, preferable AutoCAD. 
  • Knowledge and experience of applying the legislative and regulatory requirements relating to engineering product development projects and CE/UKCA marking. 
  • A working knowledge of the relevant safety legislation and quality and environmental standards. 
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplined team. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Problem solving, questioning attitude and solution seeking skills. 
  • Proactive approach to maintaining high safety and quality standards.
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Electrical Design Engineer:

  • Chartered Engineer or working towards Chartered Engineer.
  • Knowledge of nuclear industry and plant operations. 
  • Experience in the development and operation of remote operations equipment. 
  • IOSH Managing Safely. 
  • Capable of attaining Laboratory Task Supervisor role. 
  • Good presentation skills. 
  • Strong and supportive team player. 
  • Self-motivated, high energy contributor. 
  • Good organisational and planning skills. 
  • Ability to work and research independently.

About the Company

NNL is an incredible place to work A place where people do things that have never been done before A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business, and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service, and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

Recruitment Agency Notice


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