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Electrical/Electronic Technician

Requisition ID:  1435

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £21,814.00 - £28,331.00 

Closing Date: 28 January 2020



The role



Based in the School of Engineering, the Electrical/Electronic technician will provide support for academic staff, research staff and students within the Laboratories and Workshops within the School of Engineering and the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences as and when  necessary.


You will be a member of a team of electrical and electronic technicians supporting the School’s Research and Teaching by providing electrical and/or electronic technical support within the laboratories and workshops and associated facilities, utilising knowledge & relevant practical experience of standard electrical and/or electronic protocols and procedures. You will be involved in the design, manufacture and repair of bespoke components, equipment and machinery for a number of stakeholders. This will also include supporting the management of safety (Risk Assessments e.g. COSHH, Safety Inspections etc.), as well as managing machinery, equipment and resources.


You should hold an Ordinary National Certificate in Engineering, or equivalent experience with regard to electrical and/or electronic technical support.


You should have a strong customer focus and the ability to work flexibly, efficiently and co-operatively with stakeholders to provide an integrated technical service as you may be asked to work across different areas of the Faculty and should be willing to support these areas as required.


You should also have a good working knowledge of Word, Excel and other relevant software.


You will demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills and be flexible in your approach to undertaking any relevant training as required to meet the needs of the role, from a technical, IT and health and safety perspective.


On occasions you must be able to work after hours to ensure readiness of research projects or teaching laboratories for practical classes, for which time off in lieu is given.


Informal enquiries can be made to Mr Paul Simpson, School Technical Manager: Telephone 0191 2087901 or e-mail paul.simpson@ncl.ac.uk.






Key Accountabilities


  • To monitor the satisfactory operation of workshop and laboratory machinery equipment and instruments, reporting any defects to the relevant senior technician or 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 you are 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 arrangments.


  • To contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and laboratory audits.


  • To consult with academic, senior technical staff, research staff and students to design, manufacture, assemble, install and commission electrical, electronic and instrumentation 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.



The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Relevant post apprenticeship work experience in a relevant technical role. Essential
  • Thorough working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety procedures, and experience of safe waste management within a workshop or laboratory environment. Essential
  • Excellent team working and communication skills. Essential
  • Demonstrates technical and problem solving capability. Essential
  • Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines with a positive and proactive approach to duties and attention to detail. Essential
  • Contribute to design and specification of technical and laboratory equipment to support teaching and research activities. Essential
  • Flexible attitude and the ability to adapt to changes both in  workload priorities and working locations. Essential
  • Experience of working in an Electrical and/or Electronic Workshop and Laboratory environment, and using electrical and/or electronic instrumentation, tools and equipment. Essential
  • BS 7671 Wiring Regulations Certified (Electrical posts Essential) Desirable





  • National Certificate in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering (or Equivalent Level 3 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience. Essential
  • Higher National Certificate in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering (or Equivalent Level 4 Qualification)  Desirable


Attributes and Behaviour


Team-working (Self)

  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued.
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others
  • Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different

Willing to help others and share workloads


Planning and Organising (Self)

  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • Ensures that all activities are completed on time
  • Ensures that others know how processes and systems work

Set own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives

Finding Solutions

  • Looks at ways of overcoming obstacles rather than coming to a standstill

Keeps an open mind to alternative ways of doing things


Delivering Services (Self)

  • Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Has a positive attitude for doing things better
  • Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
  • Co-operates with others to achieve targets
  • Strives to deliver high quality results

Is enthusiastic in getting job done on time


Embracing Change (Self)

Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements.








Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 1435