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Engineering Technician: Water Engineering

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £26,243 to £30,395
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th January 2019
Closes: 10th February 2019
Job Ref: UOS021392

Contract Type: Fixed term for three years (with the potential to move to an open-ended contract – subject to funding) and a start date as soon as possible.
Salary: Grade 6:
£26,243 - £30,395 per annumPotential to progress to £33,199 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with high standards of working to take responsibility for providing a comprehensive technical service for staff, students and external customers across our Water Engineering laboratories and field studies.

The post will involve technical responsibility for planning, testing procedures, organising testing programmes, providing support for and managing the day-to-day operation of a research project in the Water Engineering laboratories, including field studies. The postholder will also be expected to deliver inductions and technical training for new users of the Water laboratory, and will be involved in providing training and demonstrations on the operation of technical equipment and safe working practices. In addition, the postholder will undertake some administrative support tasks.

It is essential that you have a Higher National Diploma or BTEC in a scientific or engineering field (or have equivalent related work experience), along with detailed awareness of relevant Health and Safety regulations (including carrying out and documenting risk and COSHH assessments). You must also be willing to travel to support field work, have experience of maintaining, repairing and modifying a range of technical equipment, along with a good standard of communication skills. Also essential are the ability to devise solutions and develop creative approaches to problem solving, and to possess mechanical engineering workshop skills. Knowledge/experience of water engineering testing techniques, instrumentation or electronics is desirable but not essential.

The main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the principal investigator in delivering their research project.
  • Providing technical support for fieldwork, including site surveying and data logging, and to staff and student projects.
  • The use, monitoring and maintenance of a range of general and specialist technical equipment.
  • Maintenance, servicing, modification and repair of a variety of instrumentation and equipment.
  • Planning, designing, developing, constructing and refining experimental systems, apparatus or equipment to meet the needs of teaching, research and related purposes.
  • Providing safety information to staff and students and maintain appropriate records.
  • Supporting the laboratory supervisor in the daily running of the laboratory.
  • Providing technical support for teaching and research activities within the water laboratory.
  • Use, monitoring and maintenance of a range of general and specialist technical equipment.
  • Providing a high standard of customer service to staff, students and visitors.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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