Electrical Systems Design Engineer

  • Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
  • Full-time
  • Department: RACE Operations
  • Salary: £49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
  • Confirmed Grade: Level 5
  • Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

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?

The Electrical Systems Design Engineer is responsible for supporting project managers and technical leads with defining the electrical system requirements across a varied project portfolio: creating design specifications, generating layout designs, overseeing/creating detailed design drawings, developing commissioning schedules and delivering operational systems and equipment. 

As the design engineer, you will be adaptable, with exceptional organisation skills and with a collaborative approach to work. You will have proven ability to deliver electrical engineering projects as well as a passion and and determination to work at pace whilst managing multiple projects. If this sounds like you, read on.

It is an exciting time to be joining the team during this period of growth where you will join a diverse and commercial department, Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE). RACE is based at Culham, within UKAEA, specialising in remote handling and automated systems for challenging environments, working on a range of projects both within and outside of the fusion industry. 

What will you be responsible for?

As an Electrical Systems Design Engineer you will be delivering operational electrical systems for a variety of applications, and will be responsible for: 

  • Defining electrical system requirements and design specifications, along with creating detailed design documents and commissioning schedules
  • Carrying out electrical design in CAD
  • Producing specifications for electrical systems compliant to Machinery and Low Voltage Directives, in particular for automation equipment
  • Preparing detailed electrical schematics and related bill of materials.
  • Reviewing and approving quality of electrical design and documentation created by other engineers
  • Providing technical support for test and commissioning of systems
  • Coaching and supervising less experienced staff
  • Managing projects and subcontractors, including specifying tasks and tracking progress against project milestones

Please note, you may be required to support activities outside normal working hours during busy periods of time. 


Essential skills, experience qualification and competence required

  • Degree or HND/C in a relevant engineering or technical subject, or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience of electrical design using CAD
  • Experience with low voltage and extra low voltage systems
  • Design experience with motor and drive systems
  • Feedback electrical system design, and sensor field wiring
  • PLC wiring architecture design 
  • Competence in electrical calculations
  • Experience of assessing electrical design work
  • Ability to work collaboratively in cross discipline teams
  • Experience of working within a regulated Industry
  • Knowledge of electrical standards and regulations, and electrical principles applied to automation, machinery and distribution systems
  • Demonstrable leadership and line management experience
  • Proven ability to deliver electrical engineering projects

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Experience of design for manufacturing
  • Experience of electrical cubicle design
  • Experience of cable management design
  • Experience of electrical commissioning
  • Experience of working in a safety-related environment
  • Hold, or working towards, Master's degree
  • Membership of relevant professional body
  • Chartered Engineer, or equivalent professional qualification

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. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and 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 7th March 2022. 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.

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