Spotlight on… Jobs in Plymouth

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Home to well over 250,000 people, Plymouth in Devon is second only to Bristol in terms of populous areas in the South West. It’s recently been named one of the friendliest places to live in the UK as well as the best city in the UK for families to live.

Shipbuilding Heritage

Plymouth’s Devonport dock has been a key location in marine and shipbuilding since the 16th century. Over the years it has expanded to become the largest naval refit dockyard in Europe, at approximately three miles from end-to-end.

As the sole nuclear repair and refuelling facility for the Royal Navy, it probably won’t surprise you that there is a huge demand for marine and shipbuilding talent here. Currently, Morson have around 400 contractors working on jobs in Plymouth at the Devonport site in a wide range of roles within marine and shipbuilding. These roles are focused around the repair and refitting of Type 43 frigates, submarines and amphibious craft.

Being the prime location for the refitting of naval surface ships and submarines means that our client in the area is looking to maintain and increase its workforce over the next few years, creating hundreds of new jobs in Plymouth. This is not without its challenges, but Morson are uniquely placed to address these thanks to our broad cross-sector expertise. With many roles, from electrical to technical design engineers, there are currently a wide range of positions available in the area, and the skills required for these are often found within other sectors.

Crossover Talent

As with many other industries, there are skills that are used within marine and shipbuilding that are transferable from other fields of engineering. For example, many electrical roles have transferable skills that translate well into fields such as submarine maintenance, and the ability to obtain SC cleared status while working at Devonport can open up your career options across many other sectors and industries. Morson has a unique foothold across many sectors where these transferable skills are particularly relevant for roles at Devonport.

In addition, with the recent announcement of the green light at Hinkley Point C, this area of the country is set to become a hub for job opportunities. Indeed, in the South West region as a whole has a large part to play in engineering in the UK. The vast majority of the largest aviation companies in the world have a sizeable base in the region and one of the key specialisms in the region is new energy systems – specifically nuclear and marine renewables. These provide further opportunities for cross-skilling.

Paul White, Morson Account Manager at Devonport Royal Dockyard, has been a recruiter in the area for many years and explains the wealth of opportunity he sees in Plymouth

We see a lot of contractors moving on from petrochemical shutdowns into marine and shipbuilding. It’s often surprising from just what industries the skills can be transferred from.

Morson are the sole supplier to Devonport for skilled workers on these exciting naval projects, and with the client looking to grow and expand in the near future, with refit work on Type 45 frigates, it’s never been a better time to see what jobs in Plymouth and Devonport can offer you – from whatever career background you might be.

If you’re interested in jobs in Plymouth, please have a look at our current available positions here.



Cx Jobs

Maintenance Engineer

Morson Talent are currently recruiting for a Maintenance Engineer on an initial 12 months FTC basis (Likely to be perm for the right candidate) in the Manchester area. Location Manchester Salary £37,000 + 20% uplift for occasional shift work Hours Days based - Occasional cover shift work (6-2 / 2-10) The Person: * NVQ 3 or above in Engineering ESSENTIAL * Multiskilled - Mechanically / Electrically biased * Various backgrounds considered: Manufacturing, Automotive, Food, Distribution Centres, Automated Warehouse, Recycling, Biomass, Packaging or Printing, Chemical Plant, Brewery, Paper, Manufacturing Plant, Electromechanical / Automated Plant. * Health and safety focused, good awareness and a can do attitude. Desirable: * Bottling, material handling, AGV's, stackers, palletisers * Pneumatics, hydraulics The Job: * Assist with breakdowns maintenance and reliability of electromechanical machinery, equipment, and plant. * Maintenance of various sections of the plant - PPM and fault finding * Monitor production process & machinery performance. * Assist with PPM & breakdown. * Continuous improvement If you are interested in a new opportunity and would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on 07739311930 or reply with an updated CV.

System Engineer

A Systems Engineer contractor is sought for a contract in Stevenage, Hertfordshire for a SATELLITE DIGITAL PROCESSOR SYSTEM ENGINEER position.Our client seek an expert in digital signal processor design and validation to join the design team responsible for the secure telecommand and telemetry system for a military communication satellite.The role requires an all-round grasp of the digital system, which includes both cryptographic and modem equipment, and its hardware implementation in order to support both system analyses and commissioning of prototype hardware. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYProven Ability in any or all of the following topics will be valuable -Failure mode and related system analyses: FMEA / FMECA, single event effects and security analysis;Cryptographic processing and associated security functions;Modem functions (modulation and coding);Implementation of reliable digital signal processing hardware;FPGA-based prototyping and debugging;End-to-end RF communication systems testingSector knowledge: Space / Aerospace / Defence / Communications ADDITIONALTravel - Occasional travel to other UK sitesBase of Work - Following a familiarisation period on site this role will be working from home then working on site once COVID restrictions are lifted by the client - candidates must be able to work on site full time when required

Composite Technician - Aerospace Panels

Morson are currently looking for experienced composite technicians for our client for roles based in Stevenage.Job Profile Assembly and final assembly of sandwich aluminium composite panel production. Inclusive of: - Potting of inserts Bonding of various brackets and equipment Film adhesives Panel completion General hot and cold bonding processes Drilling, reaming etc. High tolerance requirements (typically better than 0.05mm in various areas). Experience Essential:- Ability to work from detailed drawings and electronic work instructions - within specific procedures Experience working to procedures with checkpoints/quality gates Previous experience such as mechanical fitter, close tolerance sheet metal worker, time served mechanical technician Experience in industries such as Space/Aerospace/Automotive/Motorsport etc. Ability to work in confined spaces above floor level Desirable:- Knowledge of satellite structure assemblies or similar Modern apprenticeship Clean room experience Shifts Weekly rotating double day shifts - 06:00hrs to 14:00 hrs 14:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs Some weekend working Saturday or Sunday may be required at peak times. Other There will be a skills test at interview The successful candidate will be required to pass BPSS security clearance before confirmation of contract offer. Free parking is provided for this role in a municipal car park located approximately fifteen minutes' walk from site.

Warehouse Operative

Warehouse operative Principal Responsibilities Health and safety: Must ensure that safe working practices as stipulated by the company are adhered to at all times. Undertake any relevant HSE training as required. Picking: Accurately collect parts from various locations within the warehouse without introducing errors. Packing: To consolidate picked goods in a secure manner for direct shipment to external/internal customers. 100% double check on picked items to achieve very high accuracy levels. Dispatch: Consolidate packages on the relevant pallet and prepare for collection, i.e. pallet wrapping / loading into carrier cages. Goods Inwards: Check deliveries for damage and check against the delivery note to ensure that we have received the correct quantities of the correct products. Using Rf scanners Communication: On a day-to-day basis communication between various departments is normal. Responsibility for dealing with day-to-day enquiries in a friendly yet professional manner applies to all logistics staff. Operation of a Powered industrial truck is desirable if operator holds licence and is authorised. Other key links & experience areas Customer Services Manufacturing/Goods In Carriers/Couriers ISC Office Please note that these roles are currently part time hours from 4pm - 8pm.

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