Composite Technician (CNC)

University of Sheffield - Composite Centre, AMRC with Boeing

Faculty: Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Location: Composite Centre, AMRC with Boeing, Wallis Way, Advanced Manufacturing Park, Catcliffe, S60 5DJ

Salary: £21,585 - £24,983 per annum. Potential to progress to £27,285 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.


A Composite Technician (CNC) is required who shall provide support to the Composite Centre staff and others within the AMRC during research projects which require some form of NC programming and CNC machine tool operation to be undertaken. The successful candidate shall be based in the Composite Centre within the AMRC. The Composite Centre undertakes world-leading 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 AMRC’s Composite Centre is looking to increase research activity levels across all stages of the composite manufacturing process, and particularly the machining processes.

This role requires a stand-alone skilled craftsperson with extensive experience of operating at least one type of manufacturing equipment associated with the composite manufacturing process including a 5-axis CNC machine. Autonomous activity is required for this role. You will be very comfortable working to high quality standards without supervision. You will have the ability to apply your current skill set to new processes and become proficient in performing relevant composite manufacturing shop floor tasks as required during research activities. The suitable candidate shall be capable of receiving a technical job in the approved quality format from an engineer with manufacturing requirements and is then able to identify the correct process and complete the job. You will demonstrate leadership potential through the high quality of your work and through informal coaching of those junior to you.

Applicants should be qualified to NVQ level 3 with a BTEC National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent), and have served a recognised engineering 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; an ability to perform both offline and online NC programming given appropriate Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) information; 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; an ability to order resources including standard CNC equipment, materials and consumables using the University purchasing system; an ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner on technical topics via conversation, phone and electronic methods; a demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary research team; an ability to adapt own skills to new circumstances during research projects; a 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 access to a range of learning and development courses to support personal and professional development (where there is a business need) and being part of a world-leading research team enabling high-impact manufacturing within UK industries.

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