MRF Mechanical Design Engineer
MRF Mechanical Design Engineer
Permanent, Full Time
£30,341 - £50,936 (Including MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
19th April 2020
Are you an integration engineer with the ability to create novel electro-mechanical designs from concept to realisation?
Are you interested in having a direct contribution in shaping the future of the worlds energy?
The Materials Research Facility (MRF) is a state-of-the-art research facility at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, created to analyse material properties in support of both fission and fusion energy research.
As the MRF Mechanical Design Engineer, you will be responsible for designing adaptations to the sample preparation equipment and scientific instruments, so that they can be safely operated with remote handling manipulators or robotic arms.
Key accountabilities will include:
- Creating concept designs of electro-mechanical widgets or adaptations of existing equipment using 3D CAD tools
- Progressing design solutions from concept through to detailed design
- Employing classic or numerical analyses to substantiate design activities, ensuring that detailed designs are appropriately validated
- Specifying electrical/electronical devices (e.g. instrumentation, drivers, and associated wiring)
- Producing technical specifications and tender documentation as required by the projects, and technical reports, notes and journal/conference papers where required
- Proactively seeking to elaborate design requirements and define interfaces where these are design-driving, working to and maintaining established procedures
- Supervising junior engineers and students as well as leading CAD draughtsmen working on detailed engineering designs
- Acting as a technical reference for other group members in your areas of specialist knowledge
- Establishing ways to remotely access/operate equipment via a remote/network link
The ability to work as part of the team gathering requirements and providing a holistic solution is essential to the position. Also, whilst each engineering design task is often relatively simple, the delivery of a complete project is no mean feat and worthy of a committed integration engineer.
We offer a range of excellent benefits including a total of 30.5 days' annual leave (including Bank Holidays, privilege days and time off between Christmas and New Year), a generous pension, a range of personal and professional development opportunities, an on-site sports and social club and much more!
At UKAEA, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the Organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.
The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UKs MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding, two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in people.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- An Engineering Council recognised mechanical engineering degree or equivalent experience
- Experience in mechanism design and using 3D CAD
- Experience in design substantiation analysis using hand calculations
- Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials
- Good working knowledge of electro-mechanical devices
- Competence in generating technical documents and specifications
- The ability to work as part of a larger team or group
Work in radiation and beryllium-controlled areas may be required as part of the role.
Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.
- As part of the selection process, you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.
The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.