Job Description

Principal Structural Engineer - FEA, Abaqas, Chartered

A Principal Structural Engineer with Chartered Status, BS EN 1993 and BS EN 1990 and Abaqas CAE knowledge is required to work on a six month contract, with the possibility of extension for our Defence client based in Cumbria

This is a contract within Naval Defence so needs to be eligible for SC clearance

Overview of the Principal Structural Engineer contract role

The role involves working in tandem with the production engineering department (PED) Designers as well as interactions with internal customers such as the jig design team, transport team, heavy lifting teams and site facility teams to complete production related engineering tasks safely and on time.

The department is involved in the largest and most complex transport, lifting and assembly tasks at the Barrow in Furness site. This involves the engineering and design work required to safely lift, move, assemble and transport structures for the 2 classes of submarine.

The work involves a wide variety of tasks on a unique site and on unique projects, with opportunity to work with and develop world class manufacturing capabilities.

Responsibilities of the Principal Structural Engineer contract

Completion, checking and approval of calculations in support of production related activities

Design compliance with safety related legislation.

Design compliance with department design procedures.

Design compliance with British, European and other appropriate Engineering Standards.

Key skills required for the Principal Structural Engineer contract

The Individual


  • Degree qualified in relevant subject
  • Preferably a chartered engineer

Experience: Essential

  • Engineer with a construction, mechanical, marine engineering or Naval Architecture degree (or equivalent).
  • Experience with design substantiation of lifting equipment
  • Experience of design substantiation of steel structures
  • Experience of working with the restrictions imposed by design codes or standards.
  • Finite element calculation experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to complete work in a safe manner when under time pressures
  • Ability to work around issues by making sensible design changes
  • Good communications, leadership and team working skills

Experience : Preferred

Chartered Engineer or in final stages of working towards Chartered Engineer status

Specific experience with BS EN 1993 and BS EN 1990

Specific calculation experience using Abaqus CAE

The role is based in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria - commutable from Carnforth, Milnthorpe, Lancaster, Morecambe, Penrith, Workington, Whitehaven and The Lake District

If you are a Chartered Structural Engineer looking for a new contract either apply online or if would like to find out about other opportunities please contact Paul Scott on or phone 0161 694 9198

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