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Mechanical Engineer

Job Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world's energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

The Central Engineering Department

The Central Engineering Department (CED) has an extensive portfolio and track record leading projects for the organisation. These activities include the enhancement and maintenance of the two world-class fusion devices and supporting facilities on site as well as providing wider direct support to external Clients realising successive devices proving fusion as a viable energy source for future generations. This includes key strategic CCFE UKAEA programmes strengthening its, and the UK's, position to provide for the future fusion economy as the technology matures towards commercialisation.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We are about to undertake a once in a generation project to decommission the Joint European Torus (JET) Fusion Reactor. This is an ambitious programme to undertake first-of-a-kind decommissioning studies of a tritiated fusion reactor, and to identify components suitable for re-purposing into the wider scientific community within and outside UKAEA.

The team is new, and we have openings for multiple Mechanical Engineers at L4 and L5, specialising in various areas of our Decommissioning and Repurposing projects.This role will allow you to be involved or lead in creating innovative solutions to meet challenging requirements. If you are innovative in seeking creative ways to change, solve problems and push scientific and technical boundaries and have a relevant engineering degree or equivalent, we would like to hear from you. The roles sit within the Central Engineering Department but are focussed on supporting the JET Decommissioning and Repurposing Programme.

To be successful in this role you will need to:

  • Be able to communicate effectively, share information and work efficiently as part of a dynamic team.
  • Have a flexible working attitude with the ability to work as an individual and as a team member.
  • Be able to collaborate with multidisciplinary stakeholders, including engineers, scientists and project managers working on other projects within the JET Decommissioning and Repurposing programme.

What you will be responsible for:

  • Planning and delivering work with oversight and assistance from the Lead Engineer and Head of Engineering for JET Decommissioning.
  • Producing technical documentation as required to achieve project deliverables.
  • Providing input into the planning and costing of activities in your project area.
  • Technical risk management.
  • Involvement in market engagement activities.
  • Management of contracts and coordination of subcontractors as required.
  • Acting as a technical reference in areas of knowledge.


Essential Experience & Qualifications:

Level 4:

  • A relevant engineering degree or equivalent training and experience.
  • Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles.
  • Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials.
  • Good communication and technical writing skills.
  • Supervise the work of others.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Level 5, the following in addition to the above for Level 4:

  • Experience with working to standards and/or regulations.
  • Experience in leading and managing multidisciplinary teams.
  • Commercial acumen with experience of engaging with the supply chain.

Desirable Experience for Level 4 and Level 5:

  • Proven capability in engineering analysis and a good working knowledge of engineering materials and their properties.
  • Experience with relevant environmental factors such as radiation, vacuum and transient magnetic fields.
  • Experience working within a highly regulated environment.
  • Decommissioning of plant systems, equipment and buildings.
  • Repurposing of plant systems and equipment.
  • Attained or working towards Chartered status with a suitable professional institution.

Additional Information

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Rullion celebrates and supports diversity and is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.