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Control & Instrumentation Engineer

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2 May 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?

As an Instrumentation Engineer in the Engineering Trials Delivery Unit (ETDU), you will have the opportunity to lead the formulation of sensor application and data acquisition solutions to meet the customer’s requirements for a diverse array of engineering trials. This is a really exciting opportunity undertake essential work that supports unique trials that take place at AWE, and will give the successful candidate a chance to develop their career within the team.

If you have electronic or test engineering experience then we would love to hear from you!

Location: Reading

Package: £26,200 - £36,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Allowances: £3,500 per annum

Closing Date: 01st May 2024

The Role?

Within this instrumentation engineering role, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake calibration, receipt, inspection of equipment, and routine maintenance activities to support operational trials that take place at AWE & at off-site locations.

Ideally, you will have technical supervisory experience, and be skilled in using data capture hardware and software. You should have knowledge of electronics or electrical test equipment and be able to show aptitude in fault-finding and problem solving. Attention to detail and the ability to work safely in High Hazard areas are essential.

What else will you be responsible for?
  • Assisting & liaising with customers to define their instrumentation requirements and ensure these are met
  • Designing, building, installing, and testing instrumentation systems
  • Maintaining high levels of housekeeping within the Calibration Laboratory and Electrical Workshop environment
  • Fault finding, problem solving, repairing, and maintaining existing systems
  • Working alongside team members on electrical hardware on a variety of voltage systems
  • Becoming a subject matter expert for the work that the team undertake, and providing technical support for other engineers in the team

What will you need to be considered?
  • A technical qualification in engineering, such as a HNC, HND or similar
  • Previous experience in industry in an electrical, electronic or test engineering role. Supervisory or Team Lead experience would be desirable.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)
  • Robust organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Good working knowledge of MS programmes

Training can be provided for candidates & this role is a great opportunity to progress your career, with support in professional development and educational pathways.

What will you get from us?

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)
  • Maternity Leave- 39 Weeks Full Pay & Paternity Leave- 4 Weeks Full Pay!
  • 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

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


Please note that you must be a British Citizen 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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