Principal Stress Engineer

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This is a senior position in a Stress Analysis role. Staff at this level would normally be expected to perform work involving considerable independence in approach, demanding originality, ingenuity and judgement. The individual will make technical decisions and check/approve safety of life analyses.

Job content

Your work at Babcock will involve the analysis of complex mechanical handling and weapon launch systems equipment. You may be requested to work on scoping assessments or detailed analyses dependent upon the maturity of the projects underway.

Specific activities in the role include:
o The origination, checking and approval of stress analyses

o Generation of analysis plans

o Providing guidance to design teams on the strength implications of mechanical designs

o The sentencing of non-conformities

o Development of analysis techniques and company standards

Qualifications & Requirements

You will have:
o Either a relevant HNC/HND qualification or first/further degree

o Over 15 years analysis experience

o A strong background in stress analysis methodologies

o A strong grasp of classical stress analysis techniques applied to a high integrity engineering environment.

o Experience of typical texts by authors such as Bruhn, Peterson, Niu, Blevins & Blodgett

o An understanding of the fundamentals of FE (including its limitations)

o Undertaken shock & vibration analyses

o An understanding of mechanical design at system and sub-system level (including mechanisms & structures)

o Be able to plan and forecast stress analyses in terms of cost and duration.

It would be an advantage to have:
o Experience working in a Defence, Nuclear or Aerospace environment

o Experience of Mathcad & Finite Element Analysis

o Experience of any formal stress analysis codes or standards

Ideally you will be a member of a relevant institution and hold Chartered or Incorporated status.


Babcock expects its senior members of staff to behave with integrity and trustworthiness and to meet their promises at all levels. This is also a role where a willingness to improve our methods and processes is considered integral.


We expect an Engineer to behave as follows:
o Champion the company Health and Safety Management System and promote good practice and effective standards.

o To understand the limitations of their knowledge and SQEP status - IF IN DOUBT, ASK!

o To be familiar with, and ensure that the Design Solution complies to, the statutory obligations associated with the design, supply, support and disposal of equipment relevant to the territory of the customer and/or end user.

o To take personal responsibility for the planning and management of his/her time to ensure that the allocated work, taking into account any necessary iterations and supporting activities, is completed within the agreed timescale and budget.

o To take responsibility for the preparation of information and subsequent presentation of completed designs at formal design reviews, including close-out of review actions in the agreed timescales.

o To maintain rigorous and effective communications with the designers of interfacing equipments, and clearly specify interface requirements at the boundary of their Design Solution.

o Support their leader with accurate forecasting and reporting when required.

o Be committed to personal development, in particular

o The understanding of advances in engineering and manufacturing technology.

o Development and maintenance of proficiency in the use of necessary computer based tools.

o To maintain comprehensive records of design activities undertaken and share expertise/knowledge (both good and bad) via the knowledge management database.