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Mechanical Engineer

  1. Silchester, Reading
  1. Security, aerospace & defence

Mechanical Engineer

Empowering projects in a complex world.

The Advanced Engineering & Technology team within Atkins' Defence business is currently expanding to meet strong demand from its main clients and need a Mechanical Engineer to join the team. The team’s work supports a number of key Defence programmes including high integrity structures for new Defence establishments and the UK Submarine programme. We also deliver a significant amount of work aimed at refurbishing or rebuilding facilities, making use of our multidisciplinary skills and client knowledge.

Within the role you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself through delivering interesting and varied projects with the support of senior and principal engineers.  You will enjoy working within a team environment both directly at client sites and within the Atkins offices.

Your purpose

  • To create optimal design solutions to address specified requirements
  • Produce substantiation calculations to demonstrate designs will perform, as required
  • Author and update technical documents
  • Manage your delivery against Time, Cost and Quality requirements
  • Support our QA process through review or checking colleagues’ work
  • Present your work to the client at formal reviews
  • Work within project teams, these may include placements at clients’ sites
  • Take responsibility for the quality and delivery of your work and maintain Atkins’ reputation

What you can bring?

Essential criteria:

  • Degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline
  • You will be recently chartered or on your way to be
  • A sound understanding of mechanical engineering principles and their application to varied projects and domains
  • Experience in producing design calculations (preferably using MathCad)
  • Demonstrate creativity and experience across the design lifecycle including undertaking requirements capture, concept generation, development and down selection
  • Familiar with working to design codes and industry standards appropriate for a safety critical industry
  • Experience in the production of design documentation, including optioneering reports, specifications and requirements capture documents
  • Deal effectively with ambiguity and multiple problems whilst working to high quality standards and tight timescales
  • Participate and present material at formal design reviews
  • Be adaptable, supportive and a good listener

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in the design of high integrity mechanical handling equipment and operation in a safety critical environment (e.g. associated with Aerospace, Oil & Gas etc.)
  • Finite Element Analysis (ABAQUS, LS-DYNA or similar)
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Involvement in testing/commissioning of equipment into service
  • Experience in an equivalent safety critical and or nuclear industry is also desirable
  • Although the role is based in Silchester, opportunities also exist at various client’s sites around the country. You will be required to be flexible in terms of work location and travel. If deployed at client site, you should be geographically mobile and be prepared to work on-site anywhere in the UK.

Why work for Atkins?

Our Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADS&T) teams provide independent and objective advice in mission-critical sectors. Join us to make a direct difference in helping our country to achieve its security and defence goals. From advisory, conceptual design and acquisition, through transformation, manufacture, certification and in-service support. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in the industry.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. So, you'll be part of a culture that wants to see more women in senior roles. We have signed the MoD's "Women in Defence" and "Women in Aviation and Aerospace" charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award.

Meeting your needs

When you start with us, you'll enjoy "Total Reward," a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

Read more about 'Total Reward'.

More about us

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join. We're also a Silver Rating holder in the Aerospace & Defence sector, as per the Financial Times rating of the UK’s leading management consultants.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.


Atkins is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Flexible working

We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Diversity & inclusion

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.


This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.



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