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Engineering Technician (Refugee PPE)

University of Sheffield - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £22,417 to £25,941 Potential to progress to £28,331 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution. (Grade 5)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th September 2020
Closes: 2nd November 2020
Job Ref: UOS026421

Contract Type: Fixed-term until 20th March 2022

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Do you want to make a real difference to peoples’ lives? This is an opportunity to develop your engineering and collaborative skills and help refugees facing the Coronavirus emergency throughout the world. The project will work with the number of groups throughout the University with Universities in Jordan and the UNHCR, (the United Nations High Commission for Refugees). The aim of the project is to help refugees produce their own personal protective equipment (PPE) to help them through the current pandemic and face future challenges.

We're looking for someone who is self-motivated and able translate their creativity into designs suitable for manufacture with the limited technical expertise and manufacturing equipment in a refugee camp. As part of the project you will be working with a diverse group of academics, UN staff and refugees from a wide range of backgrounds. It is therefore important that you can translate your ideas into language that these people will understand. Additionally, you will need to understand the local culture and how this may impact on what is suitable in that environment.

You will have BTEC/NVQ L3 qualification or ONC/OND in a relevant engineering field, supported by the completion of a formal apprenticeship and/or training programme (or have equivalent experience). You shuld have experience of and proficiency in mechanical engineering workshop activities for example, machining: (manual and CNC), wire erosion, fitting, assembly, grinding, drilling. You should also have excellent communication and customer service skills, with experience of responding efficiently and effectively to phone and email enquiries.

Your home department will be Mechanical Engineering and you will directly report to this department’s technical team. The PPE4Refugee project team is split across the Diamond and The Royal Exchange Building so much of your time will be within the University campus. The wider team draws staff from all the other University faculties, the University of London, the University of Jordan and the UNHCR.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University. While this job is advertised as full time, we would be pleased if this role could be filled as a job share.

We are 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 the greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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