Junior Composite Technician (CNC)

University of Sheffield - Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre - Composite Centre, AMRC with Boeing

The Composite Centre undertakes advanced research projects primarily for the aerospace, automotive, rail, and renewables industries. Our goal is to provide world-class solutions to genuine manufacturing challenges faced both within the supply chain and by the OEMs of these industries. With the growing drive across the globe towards manufacturing excellence, the Composite Centre is looking to increase research activity levels across all stages of the composite manufacturing process, and particularly the machining processes. As a result, a Junior Composite Technician is required who shall provide support to the Composite Centre staff and others within the AMRC during research projects which require some form of CNC machining programming and operations to be undertaken.

Having progressed from post-apprenticeship status, the suitable candidate shall have mastered the basics of shop floor manual skills and have amassed significant experience with a particular type of automated composite manufacturing machinery operation. In this instance an ability to autonomously operate 3- AND 5-axis CNC machine tools is required. In addition, you will be capable of undertaking more complex, challenging processes related to their core machine competency in addition to further improving on knowledge and experience with the wider composite manufacturing process capabilities at the AMRC. You will be competent at using integrated software, such as CATIA/CREO, associated with the usage of CNC machining equipment. You should be able to demonstrate high performance and manufacturing quality using all manual equipment available if supplied with standard AMRC quality documentation as required with minimal training and support. You will be capable of following instructions supplied in the form of signed-off route cards supplied by others with minor support from senior technicians and engineers. In addition, this role includes supporting Apprentice staff on quality process/procedural uncertainties.

Applicants should be qualified to NVQ level 3 with a BTEC National Certificate (or equivalent), and have served a recognised engineering machining apprenticeship or have equivalent relevant experience. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a significant level of experience of working in an environment in which health and safety procedures and regulations associated with CNC machining or composite manufacturing were implemented. Further essential criteria required of the candidate shall include: capability to manage and organise own time during involvement in multiple concurrent research projects; ability to assess and organise resources including standard CNC equipment, materials, and consumables; ability to order resources including standard CNC equipment, materials, and consumables using the University purchasing system; communicate in a clear and concise manner on technical topics via conversation, phone, and electronic methods; demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary research team; ability to record data from various machining trials and experiments; ability to maintain project documentation including route cards, risk assessments, and other required AMRC documents; planning and progressing work activities including machine maintenance and other planned down-time activities; ability to adapt own skills to new circumstances during research projects; positive pro-active attitude to the working environment; and dedication to achieving team research objectives.

In addition to these essential criteria, experience of manufacturing and machining aerospace engineering materials and parts would be a distinct advantage. Specific benefits linked to this post shall include support to study a professional qualification and being part of a world-leading research team.

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