Mechanical Design Engineer

Job Description

Job Title: Mechanical Design Engineer
Location: Bristol or Plymouth or Rosyth, UK - Hybrid - working from home options available
Compensation: Competitive Salary + benefits
Role Type: Full time / Permanent
Role ID: SF45684

Build the Future

At Babcock, we're working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Mechanical Design Engineer in Bristol, Plymouth or Rosyth.

As an international defence company, we support and enhance our customers' defence and security capabilities and critical assets, meeting their requirements of value for money, increased availability, modernisation and flexibility.

Marine Engineering & Systems - Shipbuilding Export Variants

Mechanical Design Engineer role is based within Marine Engineering & Systems - Shipbuilding Export Variants.

Babcock is rapidly establishing itself as an international Naval ship designer and builder. We have built on the success of the UK MoD Type 31 Frigate and have secured contracts for frigate export variants (AH140) with overseas customers. As well as supporting exports of frigates the engineering team is actively working on other ship newbuild and life extension programs around the world, from small fast attack craft all the way up to aircraft carriers.

We are looking to significantly expand our engineering and ship design teams in order to exploit these opportunities and so if you are interested in taking your career in an exciting new direction then consider Babcock for your next move.

You will join a national team of over 800 engineers and designers within the Marine Sector of Babcock. We are a leading design consultancy providing naval architecture, marine system engineering, electrical engineering, design modelling and project support services to the marine and defence markets. We have base offices in Bristol, Rosyth or Plymouth, and offer flexible working with office attendance and travel to meet project requirements.

The difference our new Mechanical Design Engineer will make

As a Mechanical Design Engineer, you'll have a role that's out of the ordinary. This is a highly prestigious position within our complex shipbuilding programme, developing designs through concept and early-stage design as well as supporting the bidding process.

Day-to-day, you will be responsible for preparing, developing and substantiating Marine and Mechanical designs through calculations, simulations, commissioning and diagnostic test support. You will contribute to product development throughout the design lifecycle and provide technical support, ensuring efficient and effective delivery of engineering outputs.

Your primary deliverables are substantiation reports/designs for installation solutions; this can include development/analysis and/or verification/validation of Power and Propulsion designs, development of Auxiliary Ship Systems and/or HVAC for existing and new build/concept designs. In addition, you will liaise with design teams and other stakeholders to ensure coordination and functionality of design, including supporting design reviews.

At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you'll continually develop your knowledge and expertise.

We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met.

Essential experience

  • Ideally, you will be Degree qualified but HND/HNC level qualification in an Engineering discipline with extensive experience in relevant field will be considered
  • You will have proven design experience and demonstrable experience in CAD, FEA and CFD would be an advantage
  • You will have experience in mechanical/marine engineering
  • Either already UK Security cleared or able for achieve UK SC clearance


What we offer

Generous benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus 8 bank holidays
  • Reservist in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave
  • Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Employee assistance programme (wellbeing)
  • Flexible benefits (cycle to work, discounts, Shared Ownership)

Babcock International

For over 130 years, we have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate; and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work, but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.


Application Guidance

All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We're committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone's free to thrive.