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Technical Specialist - Forging (315529)

University of Strathclyde - Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £41,526 to £51,034 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th September 2020
Closes: 30th October 2020
Job Ref: 277758

Faculty of Engineering

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), based at Inchinnan near Glasgow’s International Airport, has now been operational for ten years during which time Industrial, Academic and Government partners have worked together to establish a world leading research facility for the shaping of materials. 

The AFRC has some unique capabilities in the area of forging research, and is also in the process of establishing ‘Future Forge’, a high integrity hot forging research environment aimed at establishing and demonstrating a digital future for hot forging.  As such this physical capability will comprise open-die, closed-die, and isothermal forming capability as well as state of the art instrumentation and process control, consistent with Industry 4.0.  Its use is primarily targeted at the highest value forged component applications such as aerospace discs, pressure vessels for steam generating equipment, and subsea installations.  The investment is being made based on a strategic vision for a digital future for forging centred around improved predictive capability and process control.  The centre will work with its many industrial partners including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Aubert & Duval, Timet, Bifrangi, DMG Mori, and Virtalis to ensure the delivery of the vision.  As part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult the AFRC will also drive for the creation of relevant industrial and supply chain development within the UK.

Reporting to the Forging & Incremental Technologies Team Lead, the AFRC is seeking to recruit a Technical Specialist for Forging, a unique role which will focus on developing technical and practical forging expertise for the centre.  In addition to leading the final stages of the FutureForge installation and commissioning, you will have overall responsibility for developing the centre’s practical aspects of forging operations within the AFRC, including the development of proactive approaches to providing support to the forging industry.

With extensive industrial experience of high value (open die, closed die and or isothermal) forging, and/or educated to PhD level in an appropriate discipline, with an excellent appreciation of the practicalities of forging established through other means, you will have an established track record in forging and a network of contacts to go alongside it. You will have in-depth knowledge and sufficient direct experience of a range of forging processes, manufacturing systems and manufacturing capability improvement. You will also have an active interest in the future of manufacturing technology and insight into associated systems.  You will have a belief in the transformational potential from digitalisation and modelling technology and a willingness to develop expertise in these areas.  You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capability of presenting to and interacting with a range of stakeholders from industry and academia both nationally and internationally.  The successful candidate for this unique role in UK forging will expect to become nationally recognised as a specialist in the practicalities of forging technologies. You will have the ability to support, guide and develop forging Technicians, Manufacturing Engineers and Researchers, with a proven track record in staff development through formal apprenticeship or mentoring schemes.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Alastair Conway, Forging & Incremental Technologies Team Lead at

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