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Senior Mechanical Engineer

  • Job reference: AD-000856
  • Sector: Aerospace, Defence, Nuclear, Oil & Gas
  • Location: Silchester
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About us
The Advanced Engineering & Technolgoy team within our Defence business is currently expanding to meet strong demand from its main clients and need a senior mechanical engineer with Nuclear experience to join the team.. The team’s work supports a number of key Defence programmes including high integrity structures for new Defence establishments and the UK Submarine programme. We also deliver a significant amount of work aimed at refurbishing or rebuilding facilities, making use of our multidiscipline skills and client knowledge to deliver projects. Engineers working within the team therefore have the opportunity to challenge themselves through delivering interesting and varied projects for a range of different clients and industries. 
We are the largest consultant engineer to the UK Defence market. Our mission is to ensure success for our clients, whatever the challenge. Our multi-skilled experts cover land, sea and air, as well as information and communications and we work across the lifecycle of a platform, system or facility. We achieve success by working in close partnership with our clients, by matching our skills to their needs, being flexible, and by using our resources efficiently. Whether we’re delivering high quality engineering and technical services or programme management, we always deliver the solution that’s right for them.

The Responsibilities
  • To create optimal design solutions to address specified requirements
  • Produce substantiation calculations to demonstrate designs will perform as required
  • Author and update technical documents
  • Manage your delivery against Time, Cost and Quality requirements 
  • Support our QA process through review or checking colleagues’ work
  • Present your work to the client at formal reviews
  • Work within project teams, these may including placements at clients’ sites
  • Take responsibility for the quality and delivery of your work and maintain Atkins’ reputation
The Requirements
  • Degree-qualified or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline
  • Chartered Engineer or working towards chartership
Essential Criteria 
  • A sound understanding of mechanical engineering principles and their application to varied projects and domains
  • Experience in the production of design documentation, including optioneering reports, specifications and requirements capture documents
  • Experience in producing design calculations (preferably using MathCad)
  • Demonstrate creativity and experience across the design lifecycle including undertaking requirements capture, concept generation, development and down selection
  • Competent in producing technical calculations
  • Familiar with working to design codes and industry standards appropriate for a safety critical industry. 
  • Deal effectively with ambiguity and multiple problems whilst working to tight timescales
  • Participate and present material at formal design reviews
  • Be adaptable, supportive and a good listener
Desirable Criteria 
Experience in one or more of the following technical disciplines is desirable: 
  • High integrity mechanical handling equipment and operation in a safety critical environment (e.g. associated with Aerospace, Oil & Gas etc.)
  • Finite Element Analysis (ABAQUS, LS-DYNA or similar)
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Involvement in testing/commissioning of equipment into service
Experience in an equivalent safety critical industry is also desirable.
Although the role is based in Silchester, opportunities also exist at various client’s sites around the country. Flexibility on work location and a willingness to undertake secondments to other sites is essential.


This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Rewards & Benefits

Please refer to our Rewards and Benefits page for details on our full benefits package, which includes 25 days annual leave with the option to buy up an additional 15 more days. Flexible working options will be considered for this vacancy.


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