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Our Vacancy

Mechanical Field Engineer / Welding Inspector

  • Nuclear
  • Permanent /
  • Bridgwater
  • 16/05/24
  • On site

Assystem is an international company with one mission: accelerate the energy transition around the world.

Every day, our 7,500 switchers located in 12 countries (Europe, Middle East, Pacific Asia & Africa) connect their six thousand billion neurons to tackle the task of the century: switching to low-carbon energy.

We are a collective committed to the actors who are making the energy switch. Sharing our knowledge, expertise and values allows us to innovate and think differently about the energy transition.

Drawing on more than 55 years’ experience in highly regulated sectors subject to strict security and safety requirements, we provide our customers with engineering and project management services, as well as digital services and solutions to optimize the performance of complex infrastructure projects throughout their life cycle. The Group is currently ranked second in the world for nuclear engineering.

To ensure a viable, efficient, and reliable energy future for all

Job Description

As a Field Engineer / Welding Inspector (FE), you will be responsible to perform Surveillance to give confidence that the Activities are performed in accordance with the Contractor’s Work Information. You will form part of a team with the primary role to deliver the Team Lead duties described in the contract and ensure that HPC Quality needs, targets and expectations are met.

As the FE will be a staunch advocate of our Nuclear Safety Culture and help to embed this approach in all processes and activities undertaken on the Project. The scope will cover all Works associated with the construction of the designated section of the Project and the post holder will perform surveillance on the activities of the Works Contractors. This will include continuous, notified and planned surveillance

You will report to the Construction Superintendent for day-to-day guidance. Input into site wide management issues and a high level of interaction and coordination with other operational members of the site wide team will be required. The FE will have to record and report findings to the Construction and Quality Team, this will usually involve records to be recorded and saved by the FE and distributed accordingly

In addition to reporting and liaising responsibilities, as the FE will be required to adhere to (and suggest enhancements and improvements to) company policies, procedures and protocols for construction, health & safety, and other functions.

The role is 75% site based and 25% office based.

The Field Engineer/Welding Inspector will be responsible for the following key duties: 

  • Check the Works are constructed in accordance with the contract and notify the Construction Superintendent of non-conformance request requirements.
  • Submit details of any non-conformance request requirements to assist in the issuing of non-conformance reports.
  • Proactively communicate with other site teams, maintain good communication links and ensure surveillance is timely reported.
  • Contribute surveillance information to support KPI indicators.
  • Endeavour to identify potential Quality issues before they arrive to enable mitigating actions.
  • Support team instructions to take temporary measures to mitigate and keep works safe and within Quality standards. Follow up by taking appropriate and proportionate action (e.g. issue communications, call meetings) to prevent the halt of works
  • Ensure design decisions are not taken “in the field” by EDF Energy or contractors, but are considered and approved via a formal process.
  • Enhance the team with a good perspective of current and future site activities.
  • Ensure tasks are developed to quality in accordance with the company’s requirement for health, safety and environment.
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of construction drawings, construction activities, Quality Control Plans and Quality Inspection Records
  • Ensure and monitor that Quality Inspection Records are taken and agreed before Works are covered up.
  • Review Contractor performance against the authorised Quality Control Plan


My profile

  • Bachelors / Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering 
  • A Welding Inspector qualification (e.g. CSWIP 3.1 or equivalent) as well as a basic ‘appreciation of NDT’ qualification is strongly desirable. 
    • Higher level qualifications in both welding (CSWIP 3.2, IWS etc.) and NDT (PCN or equivalent) would be desirable although are not essential for the fulfilment of this role.
  • Experience in large power plant design, manufacture and construction
  • Good working knowledge of Quality Management practices, methods and processes.
  • Knowledge of the fabrication and installation of pressure systems.
  • Depending on the scope covered, experience in structural steel, welded pre-fabrication of reinforcement cages and civil/mechanical interfaces is desirable.
  • Good knowledge of pipework, tanks/vessels, steelwork, heat exchangers
  • Experience in punchlist checks and QA/QC experience
  • Broad knowledge and wide understanding of the Engineering Construction industry, materials, trades methods and legal requirements
  • Excellent organisation, delegation, and good communication skills (knowledge of French can be an advantage).
  • Proven experience of writing diaries which are accurate, concise and with relevance to the particular form of contract.
  • Proven track record of working within a large construction team.
  • Good attention to detail when checking work and materials. And the ability to maintain quality standards in a high-pressure environment.
  • Able to establish appropriate working relationships with the contractors.
  • Working knowledge of relevant British & European standards, construction and design codes/guidelines such as RCC-M, BS EN and ASME.
  • Knowledge of the documentation used in safety critical construction and fabrication environments such as Inspection and Test Plans, End of Erection Status Reports.


Due to the nature of work to be undertaken applicants will be required to meet certain criteria in order to attain a minimum level of UK BPSS security clearance if not already security cleared to a minimum BPSS level.

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter !. Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

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