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Manufacturing Engineer

Job Description

The UKAEA is the world leader in Fusion research are you looking to make a difference like we are?

We are working with research partners and industry around the globe to realise the enormous potential of fusion for generating low-carbon electricity. Increasing demand for energy, concerns over climate change and limited supplies of fossil fuels mean we need to find new, cleaner ways to power the planet. Fusion - the process that drives the Sun - could offer a virtually limitless supply of energy if mastered on Earth. Bringing it to the electricity grid is one of the toughest challenges in science, but potentially one of the most rewarding.

Exciting opportunities have opened for Manufacturing Engineers to join the UKAEA in support of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme. STEP is an ambitious programme to accelerate the delivery of sustainable Fusion Energy. The programme aims to deliver an integrated concept design for a fusion powerplant based on the Spherical Tokamak. It will develop and identify solutions to the challenges of delivering fusion energy, benefiting from Culham's breadth of expertise and its suite of research facilities.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Acting as a key manufacturing focal point for one or more of the STEP product design areas, providing expertise and advice pertaining to manufacturing techniques and manufacturability of concept designs
  • Understanding complex manufacturing issues and then engage the broader manufacturing team at UKAEA to collaboratively address issues which may lie outside the area of your expertise or specialism
  • Identifying and driving advanced manufacturing projects that may cover the full range of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) from relatively low (in academia/research) through to commercial manufacture, testing, inspection and qualification of components/installations
  • Using experience to contribute and provide state-of-the-art knowledge to UKAEA colleagues concerning advanced manufacturing and/or non-destructive testing inspection, recommending testing solutions as needed and drive development in areas of expertise
  • Working within multi-disciplinary teams; as a focal point; and also acting as a technical lead on projects
  • Specification of manufacturing works to be undertaken by others, including procurement and contract management activities
  • Working with external collaborators (including universities, public sector research establishments and industry in fusion and related fields)

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Specialist knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas - manufacturing and processing of materials, additive manufacturing, non-destructive testing and in situ monitoring, welding and joining, design of experiments, qualification and certification
  • Demonstrable awareness of design for manufacture and/or assessment of producibility of engineered designs for complex structures, systems, and components. Familiarity with component design activities in a manufacturing environment and at all stages of the design process (requirements, technical specification, design reviews, procurement, etc) would be a distinct advantage
  • Experience in scoping of technical projects and research proposals
  • Proven technical project management and delivery skills
  • Excellent verbal presentation and report writing skills
  • Experience of dealing with project stakeholders, customers, and internal staff at all levels

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Degree (preferably higher) in materials, metallurgy, mechanical engineering (or related science)
  • Experience of developing complex experiments and testing equipment
  • Possession of, or significant progress towards, accreditation with a professional body (e.g. CEng) preferred

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