As a Product Safety Engineer you will be working in a team containing some of the country’s leading experts in the field of Safety Engineering and working on one of the most complex and high profile Safety Cases in the United Kingdom. You will be embarking upon a career which is intellectually demanding, stimulating and challenging, a career which will equip you with highly sought after expertise and a career which is ample with opportunities.
What you will be doing… (Role Duties and Responsibilities)
The Product Safety Team is responsible for producing the argument that the country’s future nuclear deterrent is acceptably safe. To better illustrate the scale of this task, the team is responsible for demonstrating that a platform, which contains a nuclear power plant, which carries nuclear weapons and other munitions and explosives, which spends the majority of its life in a corrosive environment and accommodates a crew of 100 people is acceptably safe.
The team is also involved in providing support to the Astute Class Safety Case as well as other projects.
The activities involved in constructing a Safety Case for a Nuclear Submarine are complex and wide ranging. A Product Safety Engineer can expect to be involved in activities regarding Safety Case architecture as well as detailed Safety Analysis of the engineering design using tools such as Hazard Identification, Fault Tree Analysis, Functional Hazard Analysis, Event Tree Analysis and many others.
The role of a Safety Engineer requires a unique mind-set in which the question to be answered is not how does it work, but how does it fail. To do this you will acquire an in depth understanding of the engineering design. This is a role which requires relentless intellectual effort in which subjective questions must be answered with a compelling argument supported by a body of evidence. Questions such as how can this piece of equipment or function fail, what would happen if it were to fail, what would be the consequence of its failure, how often will it fail, what safety measures are in place in the event of its failure, how often will the failure result in an accident, what is the risk associated with this failure, is the risk acceptable, has the risk been reduced to As Low As Reasonably Practicable.
Entry Requirements and what we are looking for
To apply, you’ll need to be on course for achieving a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject for our graduate scheme. In addition, you must be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance
Overview of Business Unit
Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.
Today we are the prime contractor in the Astute programme and the UK’s only designer and builder of nuclear powered submarines – one of the world’s most complex engineering challenges. The first three submarines in the class, HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful, are now in service with the Royal Navy and the final four Astute class submarines are at various stages of construction at the Barrow site.
We are also the industrial lead for the Dreadnought programme, the Royal Navy’s next generation of nuclear deterrent submarines. Construction of the first of four submarines, named Dreadnought, began last year
Our Submarines business employs approximately 8,700 people and in 2017 we spent around £700m with over 700 suppliers.
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