Principal Mechanical Handling Engineer

Abbott Risk Consulting
Plymouth, UK
29 Sep 2019
24 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

There is a requirement to modify a number of SRC and 15 Dock services and structures in order to provide a sustainable Fleet time docking capability in Devonport Dockyard.

The purpose of this Programme is to provide a flexible organisation to coordinate, direct and oversee all of the projects and activities necessary to safely deliver the above outcome to time cost and quality.

15 Dock, within the SRC, has been identified as the designated dock Fleet time docking of in service submarines. The Fleet Time Docking capability is key to sustaining submarines at sea.

A programme of assessments and physical works has been ongoing to maintain and improve the performance of the various systems and structures within the Facility under normal and extreme scenarios. However, this will not provide the necessary capability; consequently, Babcock is mobilising a team to undertake the necessary work.


The Key objective of this Programme is to:

Safely deliver a reliable and sustainable Fleet Time Docking capability in 15 Dock.

Main Purpose of Role

As Responsible Engineer for Mechanical Handling Systems; ensure systems are designed against a clear statement of compliance with defined Requirements, including demonstration that the design meets relevant Health Safety & Environmental and specified Nuclear Safety requirements.

·Lead and manage one or more technical design packages agreeing project related objectives, managing technical teams producing the designs and making appropriate technical management responses.

·Ensure that the design documentation covers the scope of operations required by the Project Manager and is produced to agreed standards, schedule and budget.

·Plan for effective project implementation, identifying key factors and leading the project's technical planning process.

·Ensuring effective Quality Management Arrangements operate and deliver through compliance with Babcock's Business Management System and Technical Manual.

·Ensure that the processes and activities being managed are appropriately documented with appropriate records maintained and configuration and quality controls applied.

·Ensure that staff and contractors are familiar with the hazards and risks associated with the work undertaken by the delegated engineering team through effective management and communication of the Risk Assessment.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences

The candidate should have experience in:

·Design of cranes in Nuclear Regulated environment with proven experience in substantiation thereof.

·Knowledge of lifting techniques, processes etc. applicable to a Nuclear Licensed production environment.

·Design of conventional mechanical handling equipment to support production activities within a graving dock facility, particular focus on materials handling and flow required.

·Control and protection systems (including SIL rated).

·Seismic analysis of mechanical handling systems.

·Substantiation of high integrity mechanical handling systems.

This role reports to the Facility Design Manager.


A Degree in an appropriate engineering discipline.

Chartered Engineer registered with Engineering Council.

Nuclear Introductory Course or equivalent nuclear and / or marine system knowledge.


6 months with potential to extend beyond.

Security Clearance

Candidates must be eligible for SC clearance.

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