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Engineering Laboratory Technician

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science & Engineering/School of Engineering

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,982 to £38,205 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th June 2024
Closes: 28th June 2024
Job Ref: 10308

Full-time: 35 hours per week (Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00)

Fixed-term: for 12 months

The Opportunity:

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a versatile and experienced Engineering Technician to join its skilled Technical Services team of over 40 technical staff.  The appointee will be primarily responsible for delivery of technical services and support to the huge variety of research activity within the School, particularly related to the Institute of Energy Systems.  The post-holder will contribute to the safe and efficient running of laboratory and workshop areas, including through routine servicing and maintenance of equipment, Health & Safety implementation within labs and workshops, and the transfer of knowledge and practical skills to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as staff (including, technicians and modern apprentices).

The School’s mechanical workshops support teaching and research, as well as the activities of student innovation groups (including, FormulaStudentHypED and endeavour).  Equipment in the workshops includes: fibre laser cutter, hydraulic guillotine, CNC press brake, vertical panel saw, band saw, MIG and TIG plants, CNC plasma cutter, jigging tables, micro-TIG, handheld plasma cutter, conventional and CNC machines (lathes and mills) and printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing. The successful candidate should therefore demonstrate good H&S awareness and familiarity with H&S documentation (e.g., risk assessments, COSHH).  It is not expected for the post holder to be familiar with all of the equipment and apparatus listed above, but they should be eager and willing to learn.  An interest in knowledge transfer and the Continuous Professional Development of themselves and others would be beneficial.

With extensive work experience in a mechanical manufacturing or process engineering environment and with qualifications in a relevant engineering discipline (e.g., recognised apprenticeship, S/NVQ, O/HNC or equivalent ) the post holder will have proven technical abilities. Given the scope of the role, a varied skillset is desirable which might include: fabrication, thermal joining, pipe fitting, machining, analytical instrumentation and technical drawing/CAD skills.

The role is customer facing and the School is a diverse and international community of staff and students.  The post holder will therefore have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a strong commitment to service delivery.

This is a full-time, offered for 12 months on a fixed-term basis.

The School of Engineering is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and we are particularly interested in hearing from candidates from under-represented groups. Please contact Sally Morgan (SoE Technical Services Manager; tsm@eng.ed.ac.uk) if you would like to discuss the role informally.

A full list of main responsibilities and the knowledge, skills and experience required for the role can be found in the full job description below.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Passion for engineering
  • Excellent practical skills and experience
  • Proven technical fault-finding and problem solving skills
  • Good understanding of health & safety regulations and procedures in a laboratory/workshop environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Applicants should include a cover letter, explaining how they fulfil each of the essential criteria listed under ‘Knowledge, skills and experience’, and an up-to-date CV with their application.

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