Senior Workshop Technician

Swansea University

Applicants are invited for the position of Senior Workshop Technician within the College of Engineering, to work at the Steel and Metals Institute (SaMI) hosted by Swansea University in partnership with the businesses of Tata Steel UK and the broader steel supply chains, across the UK.

SaMI is a new shared vision creating an ‘Open Innovation’ centre, led by Swansea University, with Tata Steel UK initially aligned as the core partner. The centre will lead a transformation of the strip steel industry in the UK, which supplies major manufacturing activities including; packaging, construction and automotive. Tata Steel have transferred its RD&I (Research Development & Innovation) equipment in the UK to Swansea University in Quarter 4 of 2017, to create phase 1 of this new and exciting innovation centre.

The newly transferred equipment will form an integral part of SaMI, providing the UK with open access Steel Innovation for the 21st century, a resource that the UK desperately requires. The SaMI is located at the former Engineering Building on Swansea University’s Singleton Campus, during phase 1 (2017 – 2019), however, a longer-term project involving the building of a new purpose designed facility (Phase 2), will expand SaMI’s capabilities and partnership potential, creating a network facility known as the National Steel Innovation Centre (NSIC), which is expected to be operational towards the end of 2019.

The successful applicant will join a new team of industry focussed academics, researchers, technologists and industrial experts, who collectively, will transform the UK steel industry, into a global leader in low carbon iron and steelmaking, with particular specialisms in; novel materials development, late stage product diversification, value adding coatings technology and novel construction materials, for creating active building facades. The post holder will be an essential member of the SaMI team, providing core workshop technical support across the research centre to the operational team, primarily providing machining and maintenance based support.

Candidates should be fully conversant with all types of general workshop machinery (Band saws, Millers, Grinders, Lathes) including experience of CNC machine programming and operation; and capable of manufacturing finished items to a high degree of precision and quality. They should hold a minimum of 4 GCSE’s to include Mathematics and English, advanced City and Guilds or higher national certificate in a mechanical discipline, full indentured apprenticeship and relevant working experience, with the ability to operate all conventional tool room machinery to a high standard.

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