Senior Machine Tools Engineer

  • Job Reference: R22919
  • Date Posted: 30 April 2024
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £35,000 to £56,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: pension
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

AWE Machine Tool Engineering (MTE) are responsible for performing a variety of Machine Tool lifecycle activities from assistance with installation, breakdown, maintenance, servicing, and error mapping in order to optimise plant and equipment availability.

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in Machine Tool design on challenging bespoke projects across a range of facilities.

This will require a focussed and consistent approach working with and directing Capital projects, where the Machinery Directive and associated standards and legislative requirements will be applied in full.

Location - Reading area

Package - Up to £56,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

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.


  • Technically lead a best practice procurement and development service for complex and bespoke machine tools for both Capital and Facility led Project requirements across both AWE sites, with a particular focus on High Hazard or special material processing environments.

  • Compile, review and be accountable for Machine Tool Specifications and Design Packs, Safe Systems of Work and associated machine tool documentation produced by other MTE members or Project teams on behalf of the Principal Machine Tool Engineer.

  • Produce Technical Specifications and Acceptance Test schedules for machine tools.

  • Undertake safety and functional testing of new and refurbished machine tools on behalf of AWE to ensure compliance with Machinery Directive and AWE requirements.

  • Undertake SQEP assessments and development of machine tool engineers to ensure competence to meet business requirements.

  • Provide supervision for machine tool service engineers and contractors (Works Supervisory Officer).

  • Undertake all aspects of Machine Tool commissioning activities including FATs, SATs, Commissioning plans in the capacity of AWE Commissioning Engineer (Machine Tools).

  • Provide technical support, expertise and advice to machine tool staff, suppliers, and customers in the capacity of Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Essential skills:

  • Diagnostics and rectification of machine tool control and servo system faults.

  • Clear and concise communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Computer literate, to enable writing of specifications / test schedules / reports.

  • Ability to mentor others

  • A proven competence with regard to machine tool installations, with experience in the disassembly/assembly of complex precision mechanical assemblies and geometric alignment.

  • A solid understanding of machine tool maintenance, modification, and service delivery.

  • Advanced abilities in fault-finding on electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems.

  • Underlying knowledge of PLC programming and incorporated Machine Tool technologies.


  • Minimum ONC / HNC or equivalent experience in a relevant engineering subject.

  • Appropriate Engineering Apprenticeship or equivalent training and experience of Machine Tool Engineering.

  • Relevant experience of machine functionality and safety.

  • AWE facility access training and AWE mandatory training will need to be undertaken.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas and working away from home (UK and foreign travel) as and when required.