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Mechanical Engineer

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Job Introduction

The Windscale Project Engineering Delivery Team provides multi-discipline project engineering support to active nuclear and non-active projects to be implemented in the Windscale Laboratory. The team cover all aspects of the project engineering stages; scope, planning, concept design, detail design, manufacture, safety case, testing, safe system of work production, installation, and commissioning. Our expertise includes the supply of research and development rigs for non-active use, operational rigs for use in a nuclear environment, and infrastructure improvements to the Windscale Laboratory, all delivered to quality, time and cost agreed with internal customers.

Role Responsibility

The main responsibilities for the role of Mechanical Engineer:

  • The design, build, development, testing, commissioning and on-site installation of active rigs and analytical equipment to support scientific research and development work in the nuclear industry.
  • The modifications of existing active and non-active nuclear facilities (e.g. for infrastructure improvements, changes in process requirements etc).
  • The troubleshooting / fault finding of existing plant and equipment.
  • Ability to produce 2D and preferable 3D CAD drawings, using Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to work to a quality assurance process to produce concept, preliminary, and detail design packages, including: Design Proposal Drawings, General Arrangement, Details, Calculations, and Design Support Documentation.
  • Ability to substantiate equipment designated as safety equipment in a building safety case, preferable to Sellafield.
  • Engineering Standards, and produce substantiation reports to substantiate that equipment to the relevant standards.
  • Familiarity with relevant discipline British Standards and codes.
  • Ability to ensure compliance with all legislative, regulatory and company policy standards and procedures e.g. safety, quality, risk, security etc. applicable to the project.
  • An awareness of PUWER, CE Marking, the Machinery Directive, and Pressure Equipment Directive.
  • Ability to interface with customers, stakeholders, regulators, and contractors as required to provide fit for purpose engineered solutions and products.
  • Ability to produce technical documents such as working instructions, risk assessment, quality plans, commissioning sheets, and maintenance instructions in accordance with statutory and site requirements.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential skills for Mechanical Engineer:

  • Degree / HND in Electrical Engineering or closely related subject together with a good level of experience in mechanical engineering and a minimum of 2 years design office experience.
  • Experience working in the nuclear sector on the Sellafield site, together with a working knowledge of Sellafield, Site Procedures, Engineering Standards and Site License Conditions.
  • Knowledge of the legislative, regulatory, quality and environmental requirements relating to engineering projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, to enable ideas and concepts to be clearly communicated to customers, regulators and key stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of problem solving and seeking solutions.

About the Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials

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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