Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Technician

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Technician

Job Description

  • Permanent
  • Bath, UK
  • £25138 - £28759 per annum UK / Year

About the role

Based mainly in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Research Centre and the Advanced Composites Centre, you will work as part of a team of multi-skilled technicians to provide technical support for both teaching and research in the Department. Examples of this are timetabled undergraduate teaching sessions, numerous student competition teams and a wide range of research activities.

The role requires use of conventional machine tools (milling machines, lathes) with the opportunity to progress onto CNC machine tools, where training would be provided. The team also provides skills in welding/fabrication in steel, stainless steel and aluminium together with bench fitting and assembly. Composite layup, curing and finishing will also be a requirement of the role however training will be provided if necessary.

This is a student-facing role, so you will be confident working and communicating with a diverse student population. The team are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for students and colleagues and also contribute to the teaching and supervision of undergraduates during laboratory sessions and project activities.

This position is offered on a full-time, open-ended basis. For an informal discussion about the role please contact either Chris Carey, Technical Manager, or Florence Richardson, Technical Supervisor. Please ensure you submit your application through our website.

About you

Our ideal candidate will have:

– Relevant qualifications at GCSE level and City and Guilds or equivalent or experience working in a relevant field
– Good interpersonal and communication skills
– Experience of contributing to the scoping, planning and delivery of simple and more complex projects
– Experience of being responsible for safe working practices

Experience in conventional precision machining disciplines and of CNC machining would be a bonus.

You will have the attributes to develop into a kind and culturally aware leader who fosters an environment where every individual is valued and respected, regardless of their background or identity. You will proactively seek out diverse perspectives, recognizing the richness and creativity this brings to decision-making and problem-solving. You will remain optimistic in the face of challenges, seeing them as opportunities for growth and innovation.

You will understand that change is inevitable and necessary, actively encouraging those around you to adapt and evolve. By promoting a culture of openness and inclusivity, coupled with a willingness to listen as well as a readiness to embrace change, you will contribute profoundly to a dynamic and empowered team that can thrive in today’s rapidly changing world.

About us

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all to study and work in. We have a reputation for outstanding teaching, innovative research and collaborative links with industry. We have over 100 academic and research staff, 1,000 undergraduate students and 200 postgraduate students. The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award, is a leading research and teaching Department and has over 89% of staff being world-leading or internationally excellent in research.

What we can offer you:

– a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
– generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
– we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
– an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
– a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
– a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan

We consider ourselves to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

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Other organisations may call this Lab Technician, University Laboratory Technician, Lab Tech, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Assistant, or Lab Assistant.

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