Commissioning Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • £38000 - £44000 per annum + Pension USD / Year

Website AWE

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

AWE is currently recruiting for a Commissioning Engineer to provide due governance and management to meet specifications and acceptance criteria, within the QMS and Project Delivery processes and procedures, whilst organising and managing commissioning activities.

Location: Reading area

Package: £33,850 – c£44,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)

  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)

  • Life Assurance

  • Discounts – access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family

  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing – more information available on our careers site

What you be required to do?

  • Act as the Intelligent Customer providing an in-house capability being responsibility for the ownership, management and delivery of any commissioning services being provided by the implementation contractor.

  • Organise and act as Chair for the Test and Commissioning Panel (T&CP) for their assigned projects.

  • Represent commissioning at design review meetings and the production of commission ability reports for each stage of the design as required.

  • Provide technical review of all commissioning documentation being processed through the T&CP within their discipline.

  • Review construction complete documentation to ensure that newly constructed systems are ready and safe for commissioning test activities to commence.

  • Write commissioning procedures or manage their content, production and approval via the T&CP.

  • Ensure commissioning procedures are followed and signed off with full and accurate records of the test results

  • Ensure that sufficient tests are conducted and results are correlated to ensure that the system requirements have been validated.

  • Ensure commissioning records are maintained to support project handover and systems lifecycle.

  • Witness site and offsite commissioning tests as required.

  • Conduct commissioning tests within their discipline as required.

  • Production of Commissioning Strategy and Commissioning reports for their assigned projects.

What will you need to be considered?

  • The Commissioning Engineer shall hold an appropriate qualification in a relevant engineering discipline; Degree/ONC/HNC/HND or equivalent experience.

  • The Commissioning Engineer shall have experience of the process of commissioning new plant in a multi-discipline, safety-critical and highly-regulated industry. Experience within the nuclear industry in particular would be desirable, but is not essential – we will also consider experience with other industries as well, process industry, oil & gas, power generation etc.

  • The Commissioning Engineer shall be able to effectively communicate and influence both internally and externally to AWE. This includes the ability to express clearly the importance of early thinking about commissioning, and to build credibility and support for the commissioning process.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


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