Engineering Welding Technician

Location: Derby

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Capability Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Engineering Welding Technician

Hybrid working and Derby

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

As a Welding Technician you will be responsible for providing support for a range of different welding development projects as well as practical support to pre-production heavy pressure vessel manufacture. You will perform welding engineering activities working alongside a Welding Engineer to support design, capability acquisition and delivery of all welds required for manufacturing. This position is suitable for someone who has a competent welding background with good theoretical knowledge and is looking for an opportunity to develop Welding Engineering skills.

Key Responsibilities:

-         Supporting The Welding Institute (TWI) with manufacturing capability development projects.

-         Supporting pre-production welding operations at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) in Rotherham.

-         Working within a wider manufacturing engineering team to recommend and develop methods of manufacture for both heavy pressure vessels and mechanical, electrical and plumbing within a nuclear power plant.

-         Assisting with the creation of welding procedures and technical instructions, as well as technical reviews of development projects.

-         Collaborating with other departments to help develop product designs and internal standards.

-         Establishing welding equipment requirements and their successful implementation into manufacturing via factory acceptance testing.


-         Extensive knowledge of mechanised welding equipment, including operation and programming. Specific knowledge of GTAW cladding of complex geometries with Polysoude equipment is desirable

-         Strong background in manual GTAW & SMAW, specifically welding nickel alloys and stainless steels.

-         Experience of developing procedure qualifications and technical instructions for use in manufacturing.

-         Familiarity with welding engineering principles with knowledge of heavy pressure vessel manufacturing in the nuclear industry. Understanding of ASME standards is desirable.

-         A strong understanding of quality and process control with respect to welding.

-         Good communications skills and ability to interact with people at all levels within the business and appropriate level of IT skill.

-         Apprenticeship in welding and fabrication is desirable.

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.
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.