Trainee Workshop Technician

University of Reading - Information Techonology

We seek to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Trainee Workshop Technician into the University Technical Services Operations team.

The successful candidate will provide technical and general infrastructure support across all aspects of the Operations Cluster using campus workshop facilities to manufacture and repair equipment used in teaching and research activities.

As a trainee you will work towards employing a wide range of technologies including 3D Printing, laser cutting, computer numerical control machining and general engineering machining procedures. You will report to the Infrastructure Manager with general supervision and guidance will be provided by the Senior Operations Technicians within the Cluster. Training will be catered for and appropriate study on a day release basis provided. Once qualified you will be transferred to the appropriate qualified technical grade within the Operations Cluster.

The level of responsibility will develop as experience and training progress.

You will have:

  • A minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and Science; or an equivalent qualification e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction.
  • A mechanical/engineering aptitude.
  • A proactive approach with good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The ability to work carefully and accurately using your own initiative.
  • Good IT skills and be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel or equivalent software.

Informal contact details
Contact role: Operations Cluster Manager
Contact name: Mr Nigel White
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 7538
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Infrastructure Manager
Contact name: Mr Andrew Whittam
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 6065
Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by the UK Border Agency and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

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