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Security Maintenance Engineer

United Kingdom
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?


Would you like to work in a business which is critical to UK defence, UK Threat reduction and the UK’s Nuclear deterrent?

This is a site-based role in the Reading/ Berkshire area so no more travelling over large distances to conduct your work.

Our Teams of Security Maintenance Engineers may be having a day of conducting Defence Nuclear Security Regulated Maintenance and breakdowns but on another day, may also be involved in supporting commissioning of major projects, supporting contractors installing kit or helping security verify Operational Requirements capability.

Salary: c. £35,000 (dependent on experience) + allowances = Gross salary normally in excess of £40,000 (plus On-Call allowance and Over time)

CLOSING DATE: 8th March 2024

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Leading planned maintenance tasks and breakdowns on site security system equipment. Specifically building intruder alarms, card access control systems, perimeter intrusion detection systems, CCTV and the Security management networked systems controlling these
  • Provide support for On-Call Rota to maintain system 24/7 (Allowances to conduct this work)
  • Implement safe systems of work and work instructions, demonstrating understanding, competence, and adherence to all relevant legislative and company standards within area of responsibility
  • Demonstrating the business behaviours and be a a professional and effective communicator to Customers, stakeholders and other members of your team
  • To undertake technical investigations and generate reports to support modifications, abnormal events or design reviews
  • Aide with extra tasks such as install, commissioning and capital projects where required

To be considered for these roles, you must have an engineering apprenticeship with a minimum NVQ/Diploma Level 3 in a relevant technical discipline or relevant NVQ/Diploma level 2 plus industrial experience.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work complete specific training to work in designated areas of site


Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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