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Engineering Workshop Technician, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

We are looking for an experienced mechanical/electro-mechanical workshop technician to produce bespoke scientific research field and lab equipment in our Engineering Workshop, which services the needs of scientists across all CEH sites. You will be part of an active research focused team based at our Wallingford site, developing leading-edge sensor systems and monitoring networks, survey equipment and experimental apparatus for all manner of research. You will need to be enthusiastic, proactive and highly motivated with dedication to your role and have flexibility to achieve the required outputs. If you like a challenging but exciting environment where your best skills can be used visit our website to view this fantastic opportunity.

Skills Required

  • You will have a good deal of experience in a machine shop, preferably having completed a modern or a time-served apprenticeship.
  • You must be able to read drawings and work to the appropriate tolerances, limits and fits.
  • You will be able to demonstrate an interest in sensors and instrumentation.
  • You will have some experience in constructing electro-mechanical assemblies.
  • You will demonstrate an interest in the natural environment and outdoor working at all times of the year across the UK, sometimes alone, and occasionally spending nights away, a  full driving license is essential.
  • You must be highly motivated, enthusiastic and proactive in your work.
  • You will be able to show examples of good team-working and the ability to fit into a small closely-knit team.
  • Good verbal communication is required.
  • Experience of working to health and safety best practice in a workshop environment is expected.
  • You should have a sound understanding of applied engineering principles, materials and techniques.
  • Physical fitness is required, particularly for outdoor work, where materials and equipment may need to be hauled short distances, from the closest vehicular access point.
  • Knowledge and experience of quality assurance systems (e.g. ISO9001) is advantageous.

What we can offer you

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support

How to Apply: Applications are handled by UKSBS to apply for this role please visithttp://topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc221528_6292.aspx and search for reference IRC221528. If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact UK Shared Business Services Ltd by telephone on 01793 867000.

Eligibility to apply: To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit. CEH can only apply for a work permit in cases where there are no suitably qualified or experienced resident workers; otherwise applicants should normally be resident in the UK or a national of the European Union.
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