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Maintenance Planner

  • Job reference: AE-000470
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear
  • Location: Columbia, Phoenix, Houston
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins Nuclear seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our nuclear team as Maintenance Planners in the UAE.

  • Critical to readiness to operate and maintain the plant event free is the development of Human Factored Technical Work Instructions that provide information, technical instructions, organizational direction, and guidelines for activities related to the maintenance and (continued) operation of all four production units. These documents include, but are not limited to model work orders, work instructions, maintenance program documentation, and providing input to update/correct: maintenance procedures, instructions, guidelines, data and general technical and business information.
  • The timely completion of maintenance work orders and work instructions is critical to achieve the milestones that support Fuel Load and Commercial Operation Readiness for Unit 1. Model Work Orders and Work Instructions are currently, and will remain, a significant workload for operational readiness and continued success.
  • The purpose of this request is to procure the services of Maintenance Planners to ensure continuity in the development of the maintenance programs, PM project, and Plant Maintenance planning department and processes. The Maintenance Planners will perform duties within maintenance work instruction writing environment and work management processes (T-Week). The Maintenance Planners will be required to work within the functions to complete the writing and review of work instructions to develop complete work packages as required. In addition; field walkdowns, research databases, and researching OEM vendor manuals to support the development of HuP factored technical work instructions will be required.
  • Duration of position is 2 years

  • We are developing Human Factored Technical Work Instructions that provide information, technical instructions, organizational direction, and guidelines for event free maintenance activities required for the initial and continued operation of all four production units.
  • The documents include, but are not limited to model work orders, work instructions, maintenance program documentation, providing input to update/correct maintenance procedures, instructions, guidelines, data and general technical and business information.
  • The Site and Plant Maintenance Departments require the services of a team of consultants to support its efforts to complete writing the initial model work orders and subsequent work instructions for a myriad of FLOCs (Functional Locations).
  • These planners will be dedicated to writing Human Factored Technical Work Instructions within the Maintenance Departments. These consultants will assist maintenance technical specialists with the day-to-day work instruction writing service, as required. The service will include but is not limited to:
  • Creation of initial maintenance work orders and instructions using vendor manuals, industry procedures or procedures as required by the functions in line with internationally accepted standards.
  • Develop the required HuP Technical work instructions to support execution of event free maintenance.
  • Provide information to support generation of Procedure Change Requests (PCRs) by the functions. These Procedure Change Requests are generated on an as needed (daily) basis by the functions as the work performed by the Maintenance Planner(s) may identify procedure improvement opportunities.
  • Reformatting of existing maintenance work instructions in accordance with Maintenance Procedures, Administrative Writers Guide and Technical Writers Guide. These time-lines are determined by Management and the Function in line with critical milestones for the first unit fuel load and Commercial Operational Readiness milestone for Unit 1.
  • Perform technical administrative activities as assigned by Site Maintenance Managers.
  • The contracted Maintenance Planners are fully integrated into the Procedures and Records Management function and systems and make a large contribution in decreasing the work instruction workload of the Function.
  • Possible secondment to other departments as required, in line with skills and work instruction writing requirements.
  • Ensure statutory requirements, as laid out in the Technical Specifications and FSAR, are met through the development and implementation of the PM Program.


  • An engineering diploma (Electrical, Mechanical, I&C) OR equivalent experience & training (craft plus 5 years) at a nuclear power plant.
  • Have at least 5 years planning experience in a Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation & Control or Welding discipline
  • At least 10 years’ experience with advanced print reading skills (electrical, mechanical, P&ID, logic and control) to be able to accurately understand plant drawings.
  • At least 10 years of in-plant experience with maintenance activities, fault finding, technical problem resolution, of which 5 years must be at a Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Full English fluency is required for procedure understanding, print reading, and interfacing with other departments to complete the tasks at hand. A minimum English proficiency of 5.5 in all categories are required on the IELTS or equivalent scale. This is applicable to non-native English speakers and evidence should be submitted.
  • Experience using an Operations Management System (OMS) e.g. SAP. Passport, Maximo, etc. to develop maintenance work packages with integration and scheduling in the work management plans.
  • Per Site working schedule, 38 hours, 4 days per week and may change as directed by Line Manager per operational requirements.


  • Maintenance Planners must be able to understand vendor manuals from a technical perspective and apply that knowledge to work instruction content and to validate or recommend technical information be added to work instructions or procedures to ensure clear, concise and accurate content.
  • The Maintenance Planners must understand the concept of procedure use and adherence and its application to work instructions.
  • Maintenance Planners must be able to demonstrate the ability to develop Human Factored Technical Work Instructions (Training or Certification in HuP Factored Technical Writing Instruction or Professional Procedure Association Certification or equivalent)
  • If the successful candidate demonstrates team leader or lead planner capabilities, reserves the right to utilize the candidate in this capacity.
  • Ability to obtain the required site access to perform work at site. Work will be performed at site. Work hours will be as per contract, typically 38 hours per week, reserves the option to request the Maintenance Planners to work extended hours if required by the project.
  • Maintenance Planners will be required amongst others, to develop, update, technically verify, by desktop, simulator and plant walkdown and format existing and new Human Factored Technical Work Instructions to support event free maintenance activities through:
  • Validating through a review of the background documents, vendor manuals, and drawings as assigned.
  • Supporting revision of work instructions.
  • Reviewing work instructions developed by other departments that may have an impact on Maintenance.
  • Performing technical reviewing of work instructions against Operating Technical Specifications, design specifications, license requirements and documents and guidelines as assigned.
  • Verifying and validating work instructions as required and defined in procedures. This task will include plant walkdowns and require physical fitness to complete.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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