Test Rig Mechanical Design Expert

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Development Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Test Rig Mechanical Design Expert

Location: Hybrid working – remote and Warrington/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.

Job Overview:

The Development Engineering organisation is accountable for proving that the SMR power station design meets its objectives and requirements. This encompasses not just the domain of nuclear engineering, but the broader range of engineering functions necessary to deliver a major infrastructure project. The team’s remit includes defining the Verification Strategy for the power station, and also executing any verification activities that involve testing - and these range from laboratory-type tests through to highly complex system-level rig tests in some world-leading facilities.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to be at the centre of proving the design of a new nuclear power station and establishing a world class testing capability. Talented individuals are invited to join the innovative, dynamic, and open culture of the SMR Test Capability Team to deliver this opportunity.

Reporting to the Test Capability Manager, the Test Rig Mechanical Design Expert will be responsible for technical delivery of the mechanical engineering aspects of the SMR test rigs. The role will involve being part of a multidisciplinary engineering team to develop test rig designs through a gated review process, providing technical guidance and supervision, and engaging with internal and external stakeholders.

There are opportunities within the RR SMR programme to contribute to the design of a variety of exciting and complex test rigs which are required to verify the design of the SMR power station’s systems. Tests include challenging thermal-hydraulic rigs and mechanical demonstrators.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide subject matter expertise for a multidisciplinary engineering team to develop test rigs from preliminary concept through to detailed design and support implementation and operation; this will require the use of systems and process engineering techniques to ensure that an optimum design is produced.
  • Lead and guide the design of the following:
  • Valves, pipes, pumps, mechanical joints, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, support structures, actuation methods, heating sources, low- and high-pressure systems.
  • Use model-based engineering applications and tools to analyse test rig life cycles.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to Test Rig Design Engineers to support the generation of: Test rig requirements.
  • Conceptual designs, detailed designs, manufacturing specifications, operational documentation and validation evidence for a range of components and sub-systems. Engineering assessments and analyses for: installation schemes, supporting structures, thermal systems, mechanism designs, component specification and selection, optioneering, heat transfer and heat balances.
  • Safety assessments such as HAZOPs and FMECAs to ensure the test rigs are safe by design. Design documentation such as P&IDs, component drawings, system descriptions, engineering design definition and operating philosophies.
  • Design for all life-cycle attributes (such as manufacture, assembly, maintenance and decommissioning)
  • Ensure quality is maintained throughout the design process by undertaking local technical reviews.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards.
  • Support the procurement team to identify and select suppliers and external facilities to deliver the test rigs.
  • Act as technical authority for test rig mechanical design and participate in technical and project reviews when required.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in engineering, physical sciences, or a related discipline.
  • Chartered Engineer (or equivalent) or working towards professional accreditation.
  • Good knowledge of the design and implementation of mechanical systems for bespoke applications.
  • Good knowledge of relevant design codes and standards e.g. Pressure Equipment Directive.
  • Mechanical design experience, including responsibility for technical leadership in this field. This could be gained from any relevant industry.
  • Familiarity with systems engineering principles is desirable.

To apply please submit your CV or contact Joe Guy at Morson for more information.