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Mechanical Engineer

Job Introduction

Job Description:

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

In addition, Mechanical 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

Principal Accountabilities:

•    Production of 3D models and 2D detailed design drawings to the appropriate drawing standards using state of the art 3D CAD workstations.
•    Detailed technical and design calculations.
•    Involvement with the build, installation, commissioning and operational support of plant based equipment.
•    Operation and trials of test rig equipment and processes to client specifications, collating trials results, analysing data and the generation of technical reports.
•    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.
•    To provide mechanical 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.
•    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.
•    Provision of technical supervision for technician and craft personnel.
•    Travel to other sites in order to attend project and customer meetings

The Ideal Candidate

Qualifications & Experience:

Essential Skills/Qualifications

•    Degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related subject and a relevant level of experience.
•    Experience with 3D CAD design packages, preferable SolidWorks.
•    Knowledge and experience of applying the legislative and regulatory requirements relating to engineering product development projects and CE marking.
•    A working knowledge of the relevant safety legislation and quality and environmental standards.
•    IOSH Working Safely.
•    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.

Desirable Skills/Qualifications

•    Chartered Engineer, or working towards Chartered Engineer, with the IMechE
•    Knowledge of nuclear industry and plant operations.
•    Experience in the development and operation of remote operations equipment.
•    IOSH Managing Safely.
•    Capability of attaining Workington Lab 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

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.

National Nuclear Laboratory


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