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Principal Engineer - Welding

BAE Systems UK

Location: Cumbria

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title: Principal Engineer – Welding

Location: Barrow in Furness

We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

  • Providing welding engineering guidance as well as support to structural and piping areas
  • Undertaking Procedure Qualification Record development, testing and qualification of welding procedure specifications.
  • Monitoring weld quality within structural and piping areas
  • Investigating and reviewing emerging process technology and consumables
  • Liaising with internal departments to ensure welding process control is enforced and maintained
  • Producing monthly defect reports across all contracts for line management review
  • Conducting routine process audits within production areas to investigate defect trends
  • You’ll also have people manager responsibilities in this role.

Your skills and experiences:

  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering subject and Chartered or Incorporated Engineer
  • Recognised Welding Institute Qualifications - European Welding Engineer (EWE) or European Welding Technologist (EWT)
  • Demonstrable experience of developing welding procedure specifications or similar experience and of dealing with weld repairs
  • Broad awareness of ferrous and non-ferrous materials used for structural and piping applications and mechanised, orbital and/or automated welding techniques would be advantageous


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual leave incentive.

The team:

The role of the team is to help to develop weld procedures and provide technical authority on boats in build. You will be tasked with executing, delivering and evaluating, complex engineering as well as cross functional tasks or programmes of work.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.”

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.