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Engineering Technician (Instrumentation) – Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £23,144 to £24,285 with progression to £26,396 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th January 2023
Closes: 9th February 2023

As an Engineering Services Laboratory Technician, you will be responsible for providing laboratory technical support for academic staff, research staff and students within the Marine, Offshore and Subsea Technology Laboratories and Facilities in the School of Engineering.

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.

The appointment is offered on a full-time basis (37 hours per week) and is open-ended, tenable from 1st Mach 2023.

Key Accountabilities

  • To monitor the satisfactory operation of workshop and laboratory machinery equipment and instruments, reporting any defects to the relevant senior technician or technical team leader. Carry out preventive maintenance of machinery,  equipment and instruments in the relevant workshop and laboratory areas. Operation and operational maintenance of machinery, equipment and instruments for research and teaching purposes
  • To support the operation of the workshops and laboratories to ensure effective use and availability for teaching and research. Assistance in the training of academic, technical and research staff, postgraduate and undergraduate project students in specific techniques and the use and application of machinery, equipment and instruments
  • To determine workshop and laboratory requirements, and ensure adequate availability of materials and equipment for workshop and laboratory activities that the post-holder is supporting; and for initiating purchase orders to ensure sufficient stocks of these items
  • To be responsible for keeping up to date with relevant  Health and Safety legislation, codes of practice and regulations ensuring safe handling, storage and disposal of materials in accordance with local rules and legal requirements, including risk assessments and any other stautory or local safety arrangements
  • To contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and laboratory audits
  • To consult with academic, senior technical, research staff and students to design, manufacture, make and construct electrical and electronic components and specialist one off test apparatus for use in the research and teaching laboratories
  • To construct and modify apparatus and instruments from verbal instructions and blue prints to a high degree of accuracy using standard and specialist workshop equipment and techniques to ensure the completion of experimental projects
  • Planning and progress of work after consultation with academic, senior technical and research staff and the provision of assistance to staff in the development, construction and application of equipment and instruments
  • To assist academic, senior technical, research staff and students in the selection of materials and components in the development and manufacture of projects. To keep records of materials and components used, details and specifications of drawings used and any technical data acquired during the development of any project
  • The testing and fault diagnosis of equipment and apparatus using precision testing equipment, maintaining up to date records
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required

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