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Instrument Technical Support

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Job Introduction

Job Description for Instrument Technical Support

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career.

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

The Instrument Technical Support will report to the Instrument Engineer, based in Central but required to support the Windscale facility as required. Responsible for providing front line technical support to the Infrastructure Compliance Engineering team assisting in delivering expertise in all Instrumentation systems including equipment reliability, radiometric, PES or other specialised subject matter needed to satisfy the multi-faceted needs of the organisation.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Instrument Technical Support:

  • Responsible for development of pragmatic fit-for-purpose Instrumentation solutions that meet the objectives of the organisation in a cost-effective manner.
  • Support maintenance activities by implementing and maintaining the Instrument (radiometric) technical basis of maintenance (TBoM) process across both facilities, in addition they will assist with planning for complex maintenance activities based on insight and equipment experience.
  • Accountable to the Instrument Engineer for ensuring all maintenance tasks are clearly briefed, understood and are performed safely and on schedule to ensure safe operation of the facility.
  • Comply with legislative, regulatory and company procedures and standards e.g. safety, quality, risk, security appropriate to the role.
  • Responsible for ensuring the delivery of work complies with all site requirements and plant and personnel are operating within the safety envelope.
  • Responsible for assisting in the production of any PMP’s required within Compliance Engineering, this will include presenting at committee.
  • Supporting the Instrument Engineer in installation, modifications and commissioning of installed equipment, including identifying and assisting in delivery of plant and process improvements Support with delivering expertise in all Programmable Electronic Systems including equipment reliability, configuration management or other specialised subject matter needed to satisfy the multi-faceted needs of the organisation.
  • Responsible for producing appropriate Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) for any maintenance or breakdown tasks identified by the Engineer.
  • Attend any forums as appropriate to keep abreast of best practice around other facilities, responsible for sharing and implementing any learning around their facility.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Instrument Technical Support:

  • Electrical and Instrument Apprenticeship, minimum HND qualification. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of stated qualification.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of PLC and SCADA or BMS systems.
  • Strong communications skills, ability to communicate key information with customers, suppliers and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of Instrument technical support.
  • Ability to demonstrate conservative decision making, even in pressure situations.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of operational & maintenance requirements.
  • Evidence of self-motivation with demonstrable levels of drive, energy and resilience.
  • Ability to interface on a technical level with Design and Capability teams.
  • Requirement to become appointed as Safety Supervisor.
  • Required to become PMP Manager.
  • Requirement to become appointed as Sub Contractor Supervisor.
  • Ability to obtain DV level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial, criminal record checks, interview plus 10 years of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Instrument Technical Support:

  • Hold IOSH Managing Safely or equivalent as a minimum qualification.
  • A thorough awareness of nuclear, conventional safety and security requirements applicable to their area of responsibility.
  • Ability to demonstrate supervisory experience for operations undertaken within a nuclear plant.
  • Good general safety case awareness with demonstrable knowledge of nuclear safety mechanisms (SM), safety related equipment (SRE) and Safety Features (SF).

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.

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