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Mechanical Engineer

Date Posted: 23-Mar-2018
Closing Date: 22-Apr-2018
Location: Basingstoke, Bedford, Birmingham, Bristol, Chelmsford, Bedfordshire
Salary: Minimum - £48,734.00, Maximum - £55,192.00 per Annum
The Health and Safety Executive is an independent regulator. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industries and the constantly evolving nature of work and technology. Combining experts from numerous fields, our employees strive to keep people and their working environments safe. We dont just inspect workplaces and enforce the law, we campaign for better H&S practice, we shape and review guidance and regulations, we provide specialist products and services both here and overseas, and we produce crucial research and statistics, all towards our goal #HelpGBWorkWell.
This post is advertised for Basingstoke, Bedford, Birmingham, Bristol and Chelmsford.

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy.

Our mechanical engineering specialists help some of our essential industries - with thousands of workers - to manage work safely. And in this role, you can influence not only small individual employers but whole industry sectors, from small engineering workshops to multinational organisations.

We’re interested in hearing from you if you are a qualified chartered engineer with good practical experience working in a variety of engineering roles and a wider appreciation of machinery, industry and processes.

A career with HSE gives you a unique opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers and work activities. You’ll work alongside the widest range of health and safety specialists in Britain to ensure that employers involved in engineering do so safely, and that also means you will encounter a massive range of machinery and process industries, from steam trains on historic railways, to theme park rides or even passenger lifts in shopping centres.

As you can see this role will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other role can.

Together, you’ll be helping to protect thousands of people, whether that is from our offices or out on site.

Key responsibilities

Forensic analysis of mechanical engineering accidents to identify the cause and where necessary, leading the technical aspect of the investigation, calling in other expert support and supporting legal enforcement action to prevent a recurrence;

Inspect a variety of workplaces, either on your own or as an expert team, to make sure mechanical equipment and system risks are managed safely, driving improvements to achieve compliance with the law;

Advise HSE colleagues on technical matters in support of Health and Safety compliance, through mechanical engineering or procedural control measures and how the conditions compare with minimum legal requirements and good practice;

Provide expert opinion in reports and appear as specialist/ expert witness at tribunals, inquests and legal proceedings.

Secure intelligence, share information and advice towards mechanical engineering policy, research, guidance materials to benefit other Government departments, the public, industry, professional bodies and trade associations.

Contribute as a member of the engineering team to promote Health and Safety improvements to national and international standards at UK and European forums, and at relevant conferences.

You should typically expect to spend 2 to 3 days every week out of the office on site visits and interventions.


From day one, you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE, develop your skills and support you in your continuing professional development. For the legal requirements of the role, you will be enrolled on the Legal Unit of the Regulators Training Programme (RTP) and will be required to study for and successfully complete the Unit. You will receive appropriate training and complete a legal assessment.

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Pay and benefits

We invest in our people with;

Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance-related awards

Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 21% of pensionable salary, far more than in the private sector.

Great work/life balance with family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career

Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave

Comprehensive training to become a specialist inspector and support with CPD. As a Civil Servant, you can receive at least five days of learning and development each year to increase your skills and help further your career.

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