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Structures Engineer

37,840 P.A. ?
Frazer Nash Consultancy

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Location(s): The ideal candidate will sit in one of the following offices Bristol, Plymouth, Dorking, Burton and Glasgow

Asset Integrity is a multidisciplinary group which supports our clients understand the life, degradation, integrity and performance of components, systems and facilities from concept through to decommissioning and all stages between. We operate in many sectors including energy (conventional and nuclear energy generation, renewables and oil & gas), transport (rail, maritime, aerospace and automotive, industry (process and manufacture) and defence (all domains).

We have a wide range of capability utilising testing, trials, condition monitoring, design codes and computer aided engineering (such as FEA). Our colleagues have a wide range of backgrounds from fundamental materials science, to stress engineering, field based work and plant/facilities operations.

We tend to support projects that are high value, high performance, or safety critical for world class organisations. This can be to substantiate the design of novel products, systems and facilities, to investigate and resolve in-service problems or to extend the life of aging assets. This can require the use of advance methods and novel approaches to answer very complicated problems, and engage in method development to improve our service offer. This can be across all of our sectors.

This particular role is focussing on our structure engineering competency. Fundamentally we are looking at the strength, life, and dynamics of mechanical components, systems, assets and facilities (during design and through life). Typically we use mathematical sciences (code assessment, fundamentals, CAE/FE) to provide this insight. We have particular areas of expertise in fatigue, fracture mechanics, high temperature creep, impact, blast and crashworthiness.

Experience of design/assessment codes, plant operation, pressure vessel and pipe work, rotating machinery would all be advantageous. Experience of toolsets such as FEA and CAD is also desirable.

Depending on experience, the candidate will be involved in the technical delivery and leadership of analysis projects, technical oversight, review of the work of other staff, developing and maintaining relationships with our clients and innovating our service offer.

Working across a wide variety of sectors within; defence, energy and transport. The types of programme they may get involved include:

  • Life extension.
  • Integrity assessment.
  • Design substantiation.
  • Failure investigation.
  • Peer review.
  • Design development.
  • Digital assets


The successful applicant will meet the following minimum requirements:

Predominantly technical but as a consultancy we expect our engineers to be able to work across our business and with our clients. So good interpersonal skills are very important as is the ability to make structured decisions, problem solve and show initiative and ownership. Broadly speaking:

  • Technical knowledge in the mechanical / structural engineering and sciences domain.
  • Business Development – flexible on the level but must show the flair and interest
  • Client facing – able to build strong relationships
  • Team player, willing to working within a diverse, often multi-disciplinary team.

Mechanical Engineering degree is the usual route into this discipline (ideally 2.1 or better). However, a physics or maths degree followed by a Masters or Doctorate in an integrity engineering discipline is acceptable. A Mechanical Engineering degree following by a doctorate would be particularly interesting.

I would expect some experience in some of the following:

Finite Element Analysis (e.g. Ansys, Abaqus, Dyna, Nastran), design codes (ASME, API579, BS7608, BS7910, R5/R6), fatigue, fracture, creep, impact, blast, crashworthiness, shock, dynamics, vibration.

A consulting background is preferred, however those with relevant experience from the industries listed below in desirable would be considered.

It is to your advantage if you meet any or all the following additional requirements:

Industry specific experience:

  • Anything from the power generation/energy sector.
  • Process and industrial.
  • Turbomachinery and rotating equipment
  • Rail and maritime.
  • Upstream / Downstream O&G
  • Transmission (gas/electricity)

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