United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Are you an experienced lead mechanical technician with a background in aerospace, turbo-machinery, pharmaceutical, scientific research, automation or similar high technology sectors?
Have you served a recognised mechanical engineering apprenticeship and hold an Engineering ONC or equivalent qualification? Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and capabilities in a cutting edge nuclear-fusion research environment?
The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Mechanical Technician to join their team within the Plasma Heating Engineering & Installation Section. The team consists of circa 7 technicians who are responsible for the maintenance, improvement and modification of the JET and MAST nuclear fusion experimental facilities.
As the Mechanical Technician, you will support the experimental facilities by leading and undertaking a wide range of hands-on duties from small mechanical workshop tasks to leading multidisciplined working parties and co-ordinating contractor support on larger projects during planned plant shutdowns. The team is also required to react flexibly to plant breakdowns to maximise the availability of the plant during experimental campaigns.
Key accountabilities include:
– To participate in the mechanical maintenance, improvement and modification of JET/MAST experimental facilities. The job holder will often lead working multidisciplined parties in carrying out these tasks.
– To input to development projects or manufacturing contracts with specialist firms. This may involve the writing of documentation, off-site factory acceptance testing and on-site commissioning in order that the timely provision of items is achieved to the required quality standards.
– To proactively liaise with members across the UKAEA and co-ordinate term contractors required to support tasks in your area of responsibility. Clear, proactive communication is absolutely key in this role!
– To document processes/procedures for the maintenance/installation/testing of equipment in your area of responsibility.
– You will be responsible for compiling work control documentation for work to be carried out (Safe System of Work). These tasks may be complicated by the availability of resources and the fragile and complex nature of the equipment involved. The job holder will be competent in drafting work methods and performing risk assessments. Further training in this area will be given but prior experience is highly desirable.
At UKAEA, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the Organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.
The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UKs MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding, two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in people.
Knowledge, skills and experience
– Recognised engineering apprenticeship or similar demonstrated experience.
– ONC or equivalent qualification in Mechanical Engineering.
– Extensive experience in a high-tech mechanical environment.
– Detailed knowledge of modern manufacturing techniques.
– Experience of working under and producing Safe Systems of Work for site working.
– Previous experience as lead technician or charge hand.
– Experience of vacuum systems and system requirements.
– Experience of managing contractors (services and goods).
– HNC or HND in an engineering discipline supported by experience in a relevant field.
– Working towards Engineering Technician (EngTech) or Incorporated engineer status (IEng).
– This role will require you to work occasional overtime and be flexible in your availability during breakdown recovery periods
Selection Methods and Notes:
– As part of the selection process, you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.
– Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
– Please note, UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.
– The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.
– Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance.
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