Electrical Control and Instrumentation Project Engineer

Full Time
Job Description

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.

Who are we looking for?

UKAEA have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Electrical Control and Instrumentation Project Engineer to join the Electrical Engineering Department, supporting numerous programmes and projects across the organisation. Primarily focusing on new projects, design work and refurbishments in control and instrumentation, electronics and power supplies, this role would suit an engineer who has experience leading on projects whilst taking a practical approach to their work. Preparation of safety documentation for the delivery of projects is critical within the role.

If you are a team player and have experience in both the design and implementation of electronics, control & instrumentation systems from component through to system level, you could be a great fit for the role. In addition, a good understanding of electrical and electronics theory, including the manufacturing and build of power electronic systems with experience in power electronics is key.

Job Description

What will you be responsible for?

The job holder will lead in the specification, design, modification, procurement/construction, installation and commissioning of both continuous and pulsed power conversion plant for the UKAEA. These power converters have a range of technologies including electrical systems, power electronics, small-signal electronics and control & instrumentation.

Key accountabilities include:

– Capturing requirements, developing designs, chairing design reviews and implementing designs
– Leading the technical and commercial management of contracts
– Leading and accepting responsibility for delivery of defined parts of a systems
– Analysing behaviour of existing systems to identify faults and propose solutions
– Proposing and implementing refurbishments of existing systems
– Working with other team members to design and implement control, instrumentation and protection systems for existing and new plant
– Preparing safety and plant documentation
– Leading and supervising staff and contractors


Essential skills, experience and competences 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/Electronics discipline, or equivalent qualification level, with a greater breadth and depth of experience/knowledge
– Significant experience in design and implementation of electronics, control & instrumentation systems from component through to system level
– Experience of preparing safety documentation for the delivery of projects
– 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 & instrumentation systems.

Desirable skills, experience and competences:

– Knowledge of project engineering and contract management, or exposure to commercial processes with competitive tendering

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) increasing 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 Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10 minute walk from Culham Railway Station.

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated 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.