Our client, a major nuclear developer require a Mechanical Engineer to support a major UK programme, based in London on a permanent basis.

Role description

Engage and supervise the mechanical design activities, review and accept the mechanical deliverables. Ensure the safety, consistency and integrity of related engineering design.


For identified Projects within the early programme of work, establish the necessary mechanical engineering support to:

  • The Feasibility Studies
  • The basic, detail and execution design
  • The Consent and permit
  • The Business case development


Be responsible to establish the IC and DA required technical capabilities in mechanical areas.

Be responsible to take technical review to safety case in mechanical areas and attend relevant regulatory review meetings.

Be responsible for the establishment and implementation of technical procedures, technical standards in mechanical areas.

Assist the management of scope, quality, technical risk related design contractor in mechanical areas.

Carry out any other engineering works assigned by directors.

Essential skills

To be minimally qualified for this role, a candidate must have:

  • Understanding of the requirements for a UK laws and regulations, what is required, good practice and key elements
  • Understanding of generic Nuclear Safety, Security and Environment Policies and, particularly, those elements relevant to the Safety case
  • Understanding of ALARP and BAT, their application as well as the relevant good practice in the UK. Includes the key application of ALARP in the design and safety case
  • Understand the key elements of Mechanical design in support to a Nuclear Power Plant, including:
  1. Safety Functions and Systems Categorization and Classification within the UK context
  2. Applicable codes and standards, including the relevant Codes and standards for mechanical system design (e.g. Pressure regulations, MCCR, ASME, B31, LOLER, etc.)
  3. Skilled in the following Mechanical Design areas:
  4. Mechanical Design Basics
  5. HVAC design
  6. Auxiliary system design
  7. Rotating mechanical plant system design
  8. Cranes, lifting and handling equipment design, including nuclear lifting cranes
  9. Chemical and process system design
  10. Fire Protection system design
  11. Piping design and analysis
  12. Optimization of the plant heat and mass balance cycle
  13. Equipment Qualification (EQ) of mechanical equipment
  14. Deep understanding of Internal and External hazards, Fault Studies and PSA for a nuclear power plant
  15. Equipment Qualification (EQ) of mechanical equipment
  16. Degree qualification in a relevant subject or able to demonstrate commensurate experience
  17. Excellent project management and organisational skills, secured by practical experience and/ or a qualification
  18. Chartered Engineer, equivalent or journeyman to being Chartered
  19. Preferably, experienced in the delivery of Safety Cases for major nuclear infrastructure projects
  20. Excellent presentation and communication skills; able to effectively interact with senior managers and executives
  21. Exceptional people management skills
  22. Demonstrated influencing and collaborative work style preferably developed while working in complex and international teams
  23. Excellent analytical skills
  24. Good level of knowledge in a range planning, consents, environmental and waste issues for major projects
  25. Good level of knowledge and skill in a range of construction planning activities for major, preferably nuclear, infrastructure projects
  26. Good level of knowledge and skills in the assessment of infrastructure feasibility for major projects
  27. Good level of knowledge and experience with developing Engineering Concept designs for major infrastructure projects
  28. Good knowledge of technical submissions required to the UK Regulators and European Commission over the necessary consents and approvals
  29. Experience of working within cross-functional teams
  30. Excellent and proven ability to communicate with external stakeholders
  31. Ability to cope well under pressure and within tight time frames
  32. Display a logical thought process and a methodical approach to work
  33. Very good ability to communicate the case for change where necessary
Published by Thomas Thor

Thomas Thor Associates is a consulting and recruitment organisation providing services to the global nuclear sector. We represent nuclear industry experts and provide nuclear jobs to our clients for either freelance contract assignments or permanent staff positions.

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