CAD Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Capability Engineering, Development Engineering, Integration Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

CAD Engineer

Hybrid working and Derby or Warrington

This is more than just a job; this is a legacy.


Rolls-Royce SMR was established with one clear goal - to deliver clean, affordable energy for all.

Rolls-Royce SMR offers a radically different approach to delivering nuclear power. A 90% factory-built solution, drastically reducing project risk, shortening construction times and increasing delivery certainty.

The Rolls-Royce SMR is a world-class global product for a global market - using established nuclear technology developed by a UK-based team building on decades of engineering, manufacturing and nuclear reactor design experience.

About the position

The role is for a CAD Engineer responsible for the delivery of component models and definitions, system P&IDs, and integrated layouts and assemblies for the Small Modular Reactor. The role will involve developing an understanding of the layout and components within an SMR, collaborating with designers and generating CAD Models and definitions to a high standard.

Experience within the following areas are considered highly desirable:

  • Proficient in 3D CAD, preferably Siemens NX.
  • Experience working with Teamcenter.
  • Constructing and configuring a Bill of Materials (BoM).
  • Working with CAD Toolsets to embed data into geometry, including the use of; model-based definitions (MBD), 2D definitions, building information modelling (BIM), and Pipework and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID).
  • The use of 4D tools and methods to support the understanding of construction, installation, and operations.
  • Working with and applying Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Experience with Autodesk Inventor and Revit is desirable but not mandatory.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Production of integrated layout solutions through concept design development and optioneering.
  • Production of component CAD models and component definitions to the Rolls-Royce SMR Standard.
  • Working with Design Engineers from other areas of the business to develop CAD designs from concept through to definition.
  • Production of 2D Pipework and Instrumentation Diagrams.
  • Support the development of product configuration and data management.
  • Ensure that quality is maintained throughout the SMR project lifecycle by undertaking appropriate peer reviews of models and component definitions.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. If you feel you meet 75% of the requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Pay and Benefits

A highly competitive salary is on offer along with a performance related bonus.
A range of flexible benefits are available to choose from, enabling you to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.
Travel: the location of work is Derby or Warrington.
Flexible working / hybrid and remote working patterns are available with agreement.
Working hours are 37.5 hrs per week with some additional hours as and when required.

Who we are?

Rolls-Royce SMR’s small modular reactor (SMR) programme is the first of its kind in the UK.

A Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470mw of low-carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping achieve the Government’s target of 24GW of nuclear energy by 2050.

In addition to stable base load power, Rolls-Royce SMRs will be able to provide energy for the manufacture of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels, to support the path to Net Zero and the decarbonisation of transport.

Out technology is based upon well-established Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) technology, in use all over the world, but Rolls-Royce SMR’s unique approach will see the reactor components built in factory conditions and assembled on site.

Our factory-built model is entirely scalable, as demand increases, we invest in further factories using the same design and management systems used for all our SMRs.

When fully operational the Rolls-Royce SMR programme is forecast to create 40,000 regional UK jobs by 2050 and generate £52bn in economic benefit.  

Having begun the design assessment process with the UK regulators, the organisation is at a point where it needs to significantly increase its workforce, offering candidates the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology within a world-class team.

How to apply

Rolls-Royce SMR is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

However you identify or whatever your path here, please apply if you see a position that interests or excites you. Come join us and help us build a global company where we're all proud to belong. Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate.

Rolls-Royce SMR is a place where everyone can grow, so whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day.

If you are not yet ready to apply, but would like to find out more, please contact to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.