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Control and Instrumentation Engineer

Control and Instrumentation Engineer

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We have an excellent opportunity for a Control and Instrumentation Engineer to join a growing C&I engineering team within the Electrical Engineering Department. You will provide and apply key technical skills related to control and instrumentation, electrical and electronics systems to enable the successful delivery of projects for JET, MAST-U, MAST-UE, ITER, DEMO and for the emerging programmes at UKAEA such as Fusion Technology, Materials Research, RACE and STEP.

You will join a talented team of engineers who lead and deliver the projects that are undertaken on behalf of our customers. The successful candidate is expected to be a C&I Engineer with electrical or electronics experience, who will lead in the specification, design, modification, procurement/construction, installation and commissioning of primarily control and instrumentation systems but may be required to assist with other electrical or electronic systems for the UKAEA.

If you have a practical approach combined with a good understanding of basic electrical and electronics engineering theory, including the manufacturing and build of both electrical and control and instrumentation systems, then we would like to hear from you.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Capturing requirements, developing designs, chairing design reviews and implementing the designs for new pulsed power, power conversion and control and instrumentation systems – including safety and automation systems.
  • Proposing and implementing refurbishments of existing systems.
  • Leading the technical and commercial management of contracts both as Contract Project Manager (CPM) and technical supervisor. 
  • Leading and accepting responsibility for delivery of defined parts of a system from initial design through to final commissioning. 
  • Liaising with multi-disciplined end-users (e.g. professional electrical and mechanical engineers and physicists) to help identify possible ways of meeting their C&I requirements and then throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Preparing safety and system documentation, for example: risk assessments, method statements, reports, testing and commissioning procedures and operating instructions.
  • Supervision and coaching of less experienced staff.

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • An honours degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, or a related discipline, and relevant professional experience in an electrical/electronic engineering role. Or an HND in an Electrical/Electronic discipline, or equivalent qualification level, with a greater breadth and depth of experience/knowledge.
  • Demonstrable experience with C&I for high-power/HV electrical systems, motion control and automation systems, interlocks, and fast data acquisition.
  • Significant experience in programming and integrating advanced control and data acquisition systems including PLC and SCADA systems on both hardware and software levels.
  • Significant experience in design and implementation from component through to system level, with knowledge of relevant standards and regulations. 
  • Experience of preparing safety documentation for the delivery of projects on site.
  • Leadership and line management experience.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Competent with remote handling and robotic systems.
  • Programming PLC Systems – Siemens and Beckhoff
  • Experience of a wide variety of Safety Devices – generally Pilz
  • Knowledge of project engineering and contract management, or exposure to commercial processes with competitive tendering.
  • Experience of working in a regulated industry.
  • Professional registration
Additional Information

What we offer

  • A competitive salary  
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
  • Emergency leave (paid) 
  • 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme  
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 15th December 2021 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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.

Electrical Engineering
Type of Employment
£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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