Manufacturing encompases all of the processes that bring to life a design using materials, equipment, tools and manpower to produce a finished product.
This may sound like any mundane manufacturing facility. You may be forgive for thinking this but we are talking about manufacturing for the UK nuclear industry so the products that you will be manufacturing can range from a tool supporting refuelling of the current fleet of nuclear powered submarines, a test rig for a nuclear waste carrying flask or a heat exchanger to be used in a reactor primary core.
The manufacturing function can be divided into many different roles but for ease when deciding whether there is a role for you in the nuclear industry we can split the function into three main areas being management, manufacturing engineering and operations.
All the tasks associated with planning, organising, controlling, monitoring of the manufacturing process. Manufacturing Management also encompasses the recruiting and training of the required resources to to deliver to time, costs and quality.
All the work from analysing the detailed design to developing the manufacturing methodology, process flow, plant layout and any required tooling all comes under the remit of manufacturing engineering.
The manufacturing operations process includes receipt of materials, machining, fabrication, assembly, testing and commissioning. All of this supported throughout with quality control inspection which is the key differentiator of manufacturing in the UK Nuclear Industry due to the increase in the quality requirement through documentation, non-destructive testing and additional testing and commissioning requirements.
Okay, so where do you go from here?
Dependant upon your current qualification, skills and experience you may be in a position to apply right for a job immediately or find out more about the training courses available. To find out where you sit in the scheme of things we'll be following this post up with a skills matrix for you to assess your chances of a job in manufacturing in the UK Nuclear Industry.