Fuel Handling Engineer

Location: Derby

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Development Engineering

Required Security Clearance: security clearance required

Morson Talent are working exclusively with Rolls Royce SMR (Small Modular Reactors) to recruit a Fuel Handling Engineer to join their team in Derby.

The Company

Rolls-Royce SMR is a start-up joint special purpose vehicle (SPV) business, specifically created to design, construct and deliver a new fleet of Small Modular Reactors power plants that will be a critical and strategic player in the race to Net Zero carbon emissions globally. Spun out of Rolls-Royce with its pedigree in engineering excellence but also attracting world class inward investment this is an exciting new business with an optimistic opportunity to be a global player in the coming years.

The Post

The fuel handling system manages the reactor’s fuel from the initial receipt of new fuel onsite through to operation and then long term storage of spent fuel. A Fuel Handling Engineer is required to design fuel handling components such as fuel racks, gates, pool structures, storage stands, and casks, and to integrate the components into fuel storage and movement systems taking the designs through the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process.

The fuel handling systems engineer will be familiar with the criticality requirements with fuel storage and transport solutions and have a pragmatic approach to problem solving with good communication skills and an ability to work with people from different disciplines in a flexible working environment.

Key Responsibilities

• Research fuel handling methods and techniques, future innovations, regulatory guidance and other relevant content.
• Design components including fuel racks, RPV internals storage stands, pool structures, gates, and dry storage casks to meet the customer requirements in respect of quality, time and cost.
• Design to enable rapid build to meet UK SMR build schedule goals, including factory manufacture and on-site assembly.
• Design systems including sizes, layouts, and other attributes that meet the customer requirements in respect of quality, time and cost.
• Create different design options, conduct trade-off studies and select the optimum solution.
• Complete preliminary calculations for assessment of designs.
• Provide inputs to specialist assessments such as Shielding, Criticality, Stress and Thermal.
• Engage with manufacturers and suppliers to mature designs.
• Communicate with other teams such as Fluid systems, Mechanical Handling, Electrical Controls and Instrumentation to develop designs.
• Work with the Computer Aided Design team to define the design models.
• Produce and manage Requirements at the system level.
• Produce Mechanical Sequence Diagrams, design schemes and component definitions.
• Author reports, including nuclear regulatory submissions.
• Present work at technical reviews and provide the required inputs to the main project technical review gates.

Qualifications & Experience

• It is preferable that you are Degree Qualified or Apprentice Trained in a relevant engineering discipline, however this is not essential as experience is equally beneficial.
• Experience in the development of design solutions
• The following skills are beneficial but not essential:
o Experience of System Engineering techniques.
o Knowledge of design codes.
o Experience of the Nuclear industry including areas such as Radiation protection, decontamination, and defence in depth.
o Experience with IBM DOORS.