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Employment Type: 
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  £33,446 to £60,592

West Kilbride, GB

Career Area:  Nuclear & Scientific

Shift Operations Engineer

The Opportunity


Shift Operations Engineer, West Kilbride, Salary from £33,446 to £51,215 & Benefits


Applications are invited for the position of Shift Operations Engineer to work in the Operations Department at EDF’s Hunterston B Power Station.


Hunterston B Power Station is located near West Kilbride, North Ayrshire.  It is one of our Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) power stations and is capable of generating 1080MW of electricity; the equivalent of supplying nearly 1.4 million homes.  At EDF, we’re on a journey to change the way people use energy for generations to come.  Producing low-carbon energy is what we do best, and remains an important part of the UK energy mix.


As a Shift Operations Engineer, you will be working as part of a multi-disciplined shift team directly involved in the safe, reliable generation of low-carbon energy.  You’ll be responsible for the control and supervision of specific plant areas of our Nuclear Power Station, in accordance with all licenses, regulating bodies, company business strategies and industry best practice.  Your role will be either control room based, plant based, or nuclear fuel route based, depending on the business need and candidate suitability. 


The successful candidate will be fully trained in one of these specific roles, following a highly structured and tailored comprehensive training program.  Formal authorisation in the relevant Operations Engineer role will be achieved following the period of training.  You will gain knowledge and experience in reactor and conventional plant design, theory, operation, and fault diagnosis.  You will also be trained and authorised to supervise and implement the company Safety Rules and procedures to provide personal safety from the system and release plant for maintenance.


Whilst this role is primarily shift based, there will be a need for flexibility to fulfil training requirements and support wider station business needs from time to time.

The Person



We are looking for someone who is organised and self-motivated with a positive attitude and an ability to work under their own initiative.  You’ll need drive, a sense of ownership, and a ‘can do’ attitude.  You will be required to demonstrate the highest standards of nuclear professionalism and safety.


You should also have:


  • relevant sound technical knowledge, ideally with an instrument / electrical background.
  • experience in a technical or operations environment.
  • the ability to diagnose technical problems.
  • a proven track record of working to demanding safety standards.
  • excellent interpersonal and team working skills.
  • the ability to influence and motivate others with an attitude that focusses on safety.
  • flexible and pro-active approach to work.
  • a positive attitude to supporting continuous improvement.
  • a knowledge and appreciation of the value of the use of human error prevention techniques to ensure a safe and efficient working environment.

This role will require you to be part of the station’s emergency arrangements.  This involves wearing breathing apparatus, and as such you will be required to pass a medical assessment.


The Skills


As a minimum, applicants will have a relevant engineering, electrical or instrument HNC (or equivalent). 

Candidates with a relevant degree may have an advantage.

Competitive Salary & Benefits


The salary range associated with this role is £33,446 to £60,592; the starting salary for this appointment will be within the range of £33,446 to £51,215 dependant on the successful candidate’s competence, experience and qualifications, with terms and conditions covered by the EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Company Agreement. 


Progression within the range will be subject to the acquisition / use of enhanced competencies.  Progression beyond this appointment range will be subject to business needs.


This position attracts additional shift pay (min £9,975) due to the requirement to work a 5 week shift cycle.


You will receive 28 days annual holiday in addition to statutory public holidays, incremental and competency based progression, a career average company pension scheme, access to benefits including gym membership, cinema tickets, technology offers and cycle to work scheme.  The company also offers all employees at least two days each year to take part in Force for Good Community Volunteering; employees are encouraged to use the programme to participate and engage with the local community EDF serves.


All personal protective equipment will be provided.

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