Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Vacancy for Band 3 Nuclear Safety Inspector - Civil Engineering

Location Bootle, Cheltenham & London
Salary £67,931 - £80,787 (plus an additional £3,992 London Weighting Allowance if the successful individual is London based)
Close date 23 Nov 2018

Job description

The Nuclear Safety Inspector role

Nuclear Inspectors are expected to be capable of undertaking a variety of roles:

  • Inspecting sites
  • Assessing technical safety cases
  • Enforcing the law and influencing improvement in safety cases
  • Investigating incidents;
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry
  • Managing nuclear research contracts etc

The role of a Nuclear Inspector is varied and you are likely to undertake a range of duties during your career.  Some Inspectors concentrate on undertaking planned and reactive inspections on site, while others will mainly assess safety submissions or manage discrete intervention projects.

However, the focus is on working as teams to ensure compliance, reassure the public and improve safety standards.  When Inspectors find shortcomings in compliance they initially provide advice but may issue verbal and written warnings.  The powers available to inspectors enable them to serve Enforcement Notices and ultimately initiate prosecutions.  There is also a wide range of powers available under nuclear license conditions.

Civil Engineering

What is civil engineering in ONR?

Civil engineering in ONR is concerned with the regulation of the design, construction, testing, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of a wide range of manmade and natural structures.  This includes steel-framed buildings, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures, masonry, foundations, embankments, slopes, tunnels, dock structures, river and coastal defences.  It also includes some of the infrastructure of a nuclear site, such as roads, bridges, ducts beneath roadways, and contaminated land.

The majority of existing civil engineering structures on nuclear sites are unique and range in age from 10 years to over 200 years.  Civil engineering Inspectors also have an important role in the regulation of the design, construction and commissioning of new structures designed to the latest standards and construction techniques.  Earlier designs were based on good practice, with the more modern requirements set out in design standards, both national and international in nature.  Some design standards are specifically for the design of nuclear safety-related structures, dealing with the structural forms most commonly encountered in the nuclear industry and with issues peculiar to the nuclear industry.  Other design standards may be for the design of structures in general.

Civil engineering in ONR includes the concrete pressure vessels and the closure of their penetrations on AGR power stations.  For PWRs, civil engineering includes the containment vessel if, as is usual, it is of concrete.  For chemical plant it may include all the main processing cells and cooling pond structures. Dry and wet dock structures are key civil engineering structures at sites servicing nuclear submarines.

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