Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Vacancy for Band 3 Nuclear Safety Inspector - Electrical 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/ Principal Responsibilities

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

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.

Electrical Engineering

What does electrical engineering mean in ONR?

Within the Office for Nuclear Regulation Electrical Engineering specialists are required to work on the safety assessment and inspection of the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and operation of electrical engineering systems needed to meet requirements of providing energy to support the operation of safety systems, structures and components. Many electrical systems at nuclear facilities use well proven techniques, such as the application of diversity and redundancy, in order to meet challenging availability targets. Such systems require the application of rigorous design analysis, a comprehensive programme of qualification and commissioning of equipment prior to first use followed by a programme of proof tests and other maintenance work through operational life of the system until its ultimate decommissioning.

Who do we need?

We are looking for people with in-depth knowledge of the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and operation of electrical systems including those used in an emergency role in the event of the failure of the grid based power supply systems. Ideally we would like you to be able to demonstrate practical knowledge of the design and commissioning of high integrity standby electrical power supply systems of the type found in nuclear installations, high hazard facilities or in applications such as electrical support for mission critical services. The main criterion is that you have experience in the design, maintenance, operation and safety analysis (or mission critical analysis) of electrical systems with high availability targets (e.g.  99.99% or better) when called upon to operate. The design and analysis of such systems requires people with good knowledge of the application of redundancy and diversity techniques, advanced protection coordination, transient and stability studies, loading and sequencing of diesel generators, earthing systems and performance under normal and fault conditions of major components such as switchgear, transformers and electrical protection systems.

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