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Technical Investigation Engineer

  • Job reference: TR-002703
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Location: Crewe
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Atkins Transportation Division covers all aspects of multidisciplinary design and management from inception to options appraisal through to detailed scheme design and delivery support. Atkins is one of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary consultancies engaged in numerous high profile projects for Clients in both the Public and Private Sector.

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. They build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of new and exciting ideas. Atkins have a vision to shape the future of transportation, to lead where others follow and to deliver the future of mobility today. 

The Technical Investigation Centre within Atkins consists of a team of 12 investigation engineers. In addition to delivering the national Technical Investigation of Infrastructure Equipment framework contract, the section provides a wide variety of specialist technical support to a range of customers.
Atkins is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, flexible and skilled Technical Investigation Engineer into the team which is based in Crewe, Cheshire.

This role is that of a Technical Investigation Engineer within the Technical Investigation Centre at Crewe. Duties will include carrying out technical investigations in order to determine why equipment or system failures have occurred. Guidance, where necessary, will be provided by a Lead Technical Investigator.

Primary functions of the role include :

• Technical Investigation:
o Review of existing failure information
o Research of equipment specification, typical operation and characteristics
o Derivation of suitable tests
o Execution of tests (in workshop/laboratory or on site)
o Commissioning, liaison and management of other specialist services if required, e.g. joint investigations with manufacturers/suppliers, use of specialists including optical consultants, metallurgists etc.
o Analysis of results in context of operational environment and further test iterations if required
o Formation of draft conclusions and recommendations in light of the investigation findings
o Draft production of a detailed investigation reports
• Collaborating with other team members, where necessary providing assistance to others carrying out technical investigations
• Working safely within guidelines, legislation, standards and processes to ensure the safety of self and others
• Actively engaging with clients to establish and maintain relationships, uphold the section’s reputation and where possible supporting efforts to win work
• Understanding investigation requirements, managing self to meet safety, quality, schedule and cost objectives

Essential Qualifications and Experience
• Technically minded/astute
• Some technical knowledge and personal interest centred in one or more of the subject areas applicable to the section’s investigations:
o mechanical engineering
o material properties
o electrical/electronic engineering
o electromechanical engineering
o hydraulic systems
o optical systems
o computer based control systems
o railway engineering (Signalling, Permanent Way, OLE, Track etc.)
• Some knowledge and personal interest in practical testing
• Good communication skills including the ability to write draft technical reports
• Reasonable level of IT skills

Desirable Qualifications and Experience
• Formal qualifications in Engineering / Forensic Engineering or related subjects, preferably degree level
• Any similar qualifications or experience which demonstrate ability in technical investigation
• Some UK Signal Engineering (or other railway discipline) experience or knowledge
• IRSE Technical Investigator licence (must at least be prepared/capable to work towards and obtain a licence)
• UK driver’s licence

Essential Person Qualities
• Enquiring mind
• Attention to detail
• Analytical
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with team members
• Collaborative team player, focused on results
• Can do attitude and flexible
• Willing to work away from home occasionally
• Innovative thinker and problem solver

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.

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