Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour isn't possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) ISIS facility, a leading particle accelerator used to carry out research in the physical and life sciences, each problem requires a unique solution, taking advantage of the latest technologies to deliver the seemingly impossible. Our engineers have the freedom to choose their own solution, and the responsibility to take it to completion.
About The Role
We now have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Plant Engineer to lead a small team of dedicated engineers to design, develop and implement improvements to the cooling water systems on our world leading ISIS facility.
ISIS has been operating successfully for 30 years. The facility depends on the efficient operation of a variety of water systems to cool the complex multi-megawatt electrical, mechanical, RF and vacuum equipment that make up the particle accelerator and target systems that generate neutrons. It is now timely to re-examine the existing water systems, review and refine the upgrade strategy, propose improvements, and implement and commission the resultant upgraded water systems.
The Plant Engineer will lead the design of major upgrades to the water plant, as well as managing, tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs, directing the commissioning stage and eventual handover to operational staff.
You will also be responsible for liaising with a broad range of internal staff, including scientists and fellow engineers, as well as international stakeholders. Subsequently the role may require occasional UK and international travel.
You will hold a degree and/or an HNC / HND in an appropriate Engineering discipline. Further qualifications relevant to plant design would also be beneficial.
You will have proven experience in producing water plant designs to high standards, to meet demanding technical specifications, including some of the following fields:
- De-ionised water plant
- High temperature stability water plant
- Chilled water plant design
- Material selection
- Efficient plant design (low energy footprint)
- Flow and pressure drop calculations
- Heat exchange calculations
- P and ID generation
- Control and instrumentation understanding
Further experience of piping manufacturing and installation techniques, along with experience in design risk assessments, and installation method statements will be beneficial. While any experience in active cooling systems and in project management (up to £250k projects) is desirable but not essential.