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Principal Mechanical Handling Engineer

Principal Mechanical Handling Engineer

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Position – Principal Mechanical Handling Engineer

Type – Contract

Location – Devonport, Plymouth

Hours – Typically 36 hours per week

Rate – Circa £52.00 per hour Umbrella Co

Determination – Inside IR35

Security – UK SC Security Clearance required

Start Date – ASAP ?

Industry – Nuclear / Engineering


The purpose of the Principal Engineer – Mechanical Handling post is:

To manage the delivery of mechanical handling engineering work packages to the required scope, quality, schedule and cost.

Responsible for managing the technical aspects of the mechanical engineering packages from identification of the need, through to handover.

The Principal Engineer – Mechanical Handling post operates as part of the Major Infrastructure Projects Business Unit.

Tasks / Responsibilities;
Lead and manage one or more technical design packages agreeing project related objectives, managing designer performance and making appropriate technical management responses. Provide Subject Matter Expert advice as per discipline. 
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.

Other Principal Engineers (within 10 Dock team) – to ensure that system delivery of the mechanical engineering packages interface with the other discipline packages to resolve conflicts / clashes.
Operations & Integration Lead – communication of operational capabilities for systems to ensure that the overall operational concept meets the high level capability requirements of the Facility.
Safety Engineers – to communicate design specification enabling justification and fulfilment of any associated Safety Functional Requirements (SFRs).
Project / Package Manager – to communicate on project deliverables to scope, schedule and cost. Raise any technical issues that may have an effect on overall project delivery.
User Acceptance Group (UAG) – demonstration that the designed systems will meet the functional User Requirements
Design Authority (DA) – to advise on technical governance aspects of deliverables to ensure that quality is of required standard.
Engineering Services Technical Authority (ES TA) – to attain information on current systems, learning from experience, dockyard best practice etc.


  • 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
  • Authority;

    Request the necessary support from the Design Manager within the constraints of budget and in accordance with the project strategy.  Liaise with the Design Manager to prioritise assigned projects/work packages.
    Develop & implement the Engineering Management Plan and ensure appropriate direction to ensure the delivery of technical requirements. 
    Audit defined processes and activities within the Engineering Management Plan to ensure compliance and continuous improvement.
    Sanction actions that support the development and implementation of the Engineering Management Plan.


    The following principal reference documents are of relevance to the functions of the Principal Engineer – Mechanical Handling:

    • Corporate Business Management System (BMS) (Agility)
    • SBU(D)-POL-002: Design & Technical Work Output review & approval Policy, Process Overview & Delegation of Authority
    • SI(D)-MAN-012: MIP Design & Safety Manual
    • SI(D)-MAN-004: MIP Technical Governance Manual
    • MIP Requirements and Acceptance Management Manual (RAMM)
    • Project Engineering Management Plans

    Relevant Legislation, Codes & Standards


    A degree in an appropriate engineering discipline.

    Chartered Engineer, registered with Engineering Council.