Ocean Engineering Technician

National Oceanography Centre - Sensors and Moorings Group, Scientific Engineering, National Marine Facilities (NMF)

About the role:

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the sea.  The oceans contain the world’s largest ecosystem and are responsible for transferring heat around the planet.  Exploring and discovering this huge wilderness requires a vast array of equipment from simple grabs that can take a sediment sample from the sea bed 5000 metres below the surface to unmanned vehicles, packed with sophisticated electronics hunting new life forms in the darkest reaches of the ocean.  All this is only possible with the backing of a team of highly skilled technicians.

You will be a key member of a team within the Sensors and Moorings Group supporting the NERC Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) through provision of safe, efficient and effective functioning of NMF marine science equipment and support infrastructure, both ashore and at sea. This support will include complex marine instruments, equipment and systems. 


The salary will be £22,224 to £24,112 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. An additional allowance of approximately £8,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 90 days per annum) is paid on a per day basis.

About you:

You will have a BSc or recognised apprenticeship in electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering or BSc in Oceanography with suitable employment experience in this discipline. Alternatively, you will have substantial knowledge and experience of oceanographic instrumentation and practical experience through employment and training.  Experience in the use of conventional workshop machines and tools are essential. You will have the ability to diagnose faults and provide solutions under adverse conditions and will possess excellent problem solving and communication skills. You must be prepared to travel worldwide.

What we can offer you:

We offer a competitive remuneration package, including RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking. 

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognises excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

How to apply:

All applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information and to apply, please visit our website at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc242735_7531.aspx quoting reference number IRC242735. Please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Closing date:  22ndOctober 2017 

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