Engineering is a very broad term; a quick google search of "become an engineering in the nuclear industry" brings up a very wide range of varying results so it is a good idea to be clear in what is meant by engineering in the intent of this section.
For purpose of what we are trying to do here Engineering encompasses the disciplines associated with the design elements of nuclear work including Mechanical design, Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I) design, Process design, Civil, Structural and Architectural (CS&A) design and Analysis. All elements associated with Project Management, Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE), Manufacture and Site Works are covered elsewhere.
There are various roles available from Principal to Design Engineer. in all of the Mechanical, EC&I, Analysis, Process and CS&A functions. All roles revolve around the production of designs which satisfy a technical specification and certain user requirements. They need to be supported by providing verification and validation of these designs, participating in any radiological and conventional safety reviews and providing the required documentation which will be enable the project to take the design from paper to realisation and completion.
The profile of an engineer in the UK Nuclear Industry is very much job specific regarding qualifications and experience. The aim of getintonuclear.com is not to go into the details of each specific job role. The best place to look for job descriptions is on the job advertisements themselves. To help you with this we have pre-searched a couple of them below for you so that you can find out further information and more about the specific requirements of any one role.
It is however worth considering that as a minimum the below will be included within the criteria:
Hold an Engineering qualification such as NHC/HND
Are or on the way to becoming a chartered engineer
Worked previously in a design project environment - ideally in the nuclear industry
Proficient in the use of the required software (AutoCad, ProE, Inventor)
Being able to meet the vetting requirements.
Getting Into Nuclear
These roles have historically - and for a long time - been a closed shop for workers who are currently working outside of the nuclear industry. However, the increase in demand for such roles within the Nuclear New Build (NNB) projects means that the industry will need to broaden the opportunities to 'non-nuclear' engineers. This has lead to the creation of the Nuclear Sector Deal which has brought about the term Sector Jumping.
If you believe that you have the skills and experience to bag yourself a role it is worth checking out the Nuclear Skills Academy for Nuclear's (NSAN) Nuclear Skills Passport (NS4P) which is a competency framework which is a way for you to demonstrate that you are SQEP to work in the nuclear industry without having actually worked in the industry.
Additionally check out our FREE membership services on all of the training available to you to help you up-skill wherever you feel that you need to do. There are many opportunities out there in the UK Nuclear Industry particularly in the Engineering Function and now is a great time to start to assess and understand where you fit into the picture.
So what are the salaries like in Nuclear Engineering?
Okay, let's be honest, this is the main reason you came to the site and this particular page. There is nothing wrong with that as once of the biggest reasons for going to work is for your return in salary. To quote Jim Rohn "your salary is equal to the value that you bring to the marketplace". This is certainly true of the nuclear industry in the UK and explains why there is a very good chance that you would get a pay rise if you did chose to sector jump.
It is very difficult to give a specific value or percentage increase you would get but as a guide the Telegraph report that starting salaries in nuclear engineering begin around £27,000 per annum, while those earning in the top 10% of the profession (principal engineers) bring home upwards of £110,000 each year. The average salary for all engineers working nuclear in the UK is close to £40,000 per annum.
The Six Steps To Get Into Nuclear
getintonuclear.com is uniquely positioned in that we support the UK nuclear industry employers in attracting top talent from outside of the sector. We have created a website that has information on the nuclear industry in plain english that is easy to understand and have developed the six-steps to getting into nuclear which is a guided programme to enable you to identify your perfect nuclear role.
Membership is currently free - but it won't be for long. This is a high-touch service for people who are serious about making a substantial investment in identifying their transferrable skills.
Whether you are just starting your career or have years of experience we can help you to find a role in nuclear. We offer a CV review and writing services, information on training courses and we can put you in-front of Nuclear Employers. We are here to support you every step of the way.
We have a unique resource pool which means employers look to recruit and post roles on our network and you get to benefit of exclusive roles that will not be available elsewhere in the marketplace.
You can check it out and sign up - for FREE - using the link here.