Nuclear Standards Inspector

Plymouth, UK.
Up to £40 per hour (rate is inclusive of travel and accommodation costs).
Abbott Risk Consulting
Date advertised:
Job details:
The Nuclear Standards Branch (NSB) forms an important part of the governance of nuclear safety-related work conducted on the Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited (DRDL) licensed site. The NSB acts as the independent overseer of a variety of processes and procedures to ensure the required safety and product standards are being complied with using the guidelines and instructions laid down by the technical authority. The NSB is also the centre of excellence for remote visual inspection (RVI) on the Devonport site and supports projects across the M&T Business.

Main purpose of role:

The role of the Nuclear Standards Inspector (NSI) will be to provide oversight of nuclear safety related to the nuclear steam raising plant (NSRP) under Babcock Marine contract control work to rigorously ensure compliance with authorised documentation, cleanliness standards, the integrity of the NSRP and the working practices carried out in the reactor compartment. The successful candidate will also carry out nuclear procedure coordination duties and support the site Nuclear Accident Response Organisation. 

Principal tasks and responsibilities:

  • Responsible care (RC) administration (SBU(D)-MAN-036) 
  • Providing independent oversight of work on the NSRP 
  • Undertaking in-process inspections
  • Controlling material, checking suitability and compatibility for use on the nuclear primary plant 
  • Controlling primary containment (logging breaches) 
  • Undertaking RVI (company wide)
  • Coordination/controlling of corrosion control on Vanguard-class boats
  • SCC/EAC categorisation
  • Weld acceptance/audits
  • Coordinating nuclear procedures
  • Controlling nuclear primary plant system integrity (with sole responsibility for the fitting and removal of dirt, excluding bungs and plugs)
  • Attending meetings as an NSB representative when requested
  • RC environmental control (non-radiological)
  • RC husbandry (for cleanliness and health & safety)
  • Receipt inspection of designated stores
  • Swabbing of primary plant
  • Overseeing refuel and defuel activities
  • Raising deficiency reports through Airsweb
  • Maintaining daily activity boat logs
  • Carrying out ‘policing’ type duties in the RC in pursuance-relevant items listed above
  • Checking and completion of quality documentation
  • Providing advice and guidance to NSB customers regarding standards, methods and requirements for carrying out work on the NSRP
  • Compliance with all company and local corporate procedures relevant to the NSI post.
Required knowledge, skills, experience and competencies:
Relevant nuclear refitting support area experience covering the equivalent of a complete LOP project or two risk analysis and management (RAMP) projects, or equivalent recent relevant experience of operating nuclear plant and facilities, including adherence to written systems of work and working in radiologically controlled areas. 


  • Welding Institute Level 3 – Introduction to welding and NDT 
  • PCN Level 2 certification in liquid penetrant inspection
  • CSWIP 3.0 – weld visuals 
  • NSRP component stain categorisation 
  • ASQEP 
  • BTEC Level 3 – engineering or equivalent.


  • Six months, with potential to extend further. 40 hours per week.
Contact details:
Martin Hamnett, Abbott Risk Consulting, Regus Manchester Business Park, 3000 Aviator Way, Manchester M22 5TG, UK. Tel: +44 (0)161 266 1742; Email:
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