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Senior Mechanical Technician - Engineering Laboratory Services

Requisition ID:  14882

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  15-Jan-2022


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: £26,341.00 - £27,924.00 (with progression to £30,497.00) per annum

Closing Date: 11 March 2022


The Role


The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering is seeking a Senior Mechanical Technician to support the research and teaching activities of the School of Engineering, Engineering Laboratory Services through the provision of laboratory and/or workshop management and technical expertise.


Working in a team of laboratory technicians, your role will involve being the main technical support for specific teaching and research projects.  You will be responsible for taking the lead in designing and scoping, producing components, fitting and assembly, and liaising with colleagues within the School and external suppliers to support the needs of the projects.you will also carry out laboratory inductions and training on equipment (e.g. Laser Cutting Equipment, General Hand Tools, 3D Printers, Drills, Educational CNC Lathe and Milling Machines, etc.)


You should hold a Higher National Certificate in Engineering, or have the equivalent experience.  Experience of programming and setting of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) on both millers and lathes, and also manual machining  is also required.  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.  You should have a good Understanding of good teaching and research practices and techniques, knowledge of scientific methods with good attention to detail.  You should also have a good working knowledge of Word, Excel and manufacturing drawing software.



We’re celebrating 150 years of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. Although a huge amount has changed over the last 150 years, one thing has stayed the same: our commitment to making a difference. We're educating the next generation of experts and tackling the biggest challenges facing our planet. Our innovative work has always focused on making a difference to people’s lives, and you can be part of it.


Thie position available is full-time and permanent. On occasion 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. Holiday requests may not be granted during busy teaching and project periods.


Informal enquiries can be made to Chris Brown (Technical team leader) via Telephone 0191 2087902 or email : christopher.brown@newcastle.ac.uk 




Key Accountabilities


  • In conjunction with the techncial team leader for the activity, be responsible for the day-to-day operation of specific laboratory and/or workshop facilities and items of machinery, equipment and instrumentation. To be responsible to undertake fault diagnosis, testing, repair, calibration and preventative maintenance on machinery, equipment and instrumentation
  • To be responsible for the disposal of hazardous materials according to standard University procedures. Ensure compliance with relevant safety procedures including relevant risk assessments. In conjunction with the Team Leader and School Safety Officer monitor compliance with all statutory and local safety arrangements
  • To train and advise staff and research students in appropriate workshop and laboratory techniques and good workshop and laboratory practice to ensure that they are able to carry out their work in a safe manner. To provide workshop and laboratory supervision and training for postgraduate and undergraduate project students and junior technical staff using the facilities to ensure safe working practices are followed
  • In conjunction with the Academic, Research, other technical staff and students as appropriate, identify consumable and equipment requirements and initiate their ordering according to the School and University purchasing procedures. Keep financial records of any activities as directed by the technical team leader
  • To contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and/or laboratory audits
  • To specify, develop, design and construct specialised mechanical components and equipment for teaching and research purposes within the school and to advise upon best use of modern technology. Some computing programming methods may be necessary
  • To design, modify, calibrate, maintain, service and repair mechanical equipment and machinery within the school from generalised instructions, specifications, diagrams and manuals using specialised fault diagnosis equipment and specialised techniques as and when appropriate for undergraduate, postgraduate and academic requirements to ensure the effective completion of project requirements. To keep records of materials and or components used, details and specifications of drawings used and any technical data acquired in the development of any project
  • To provide general advice and assistance, and where appropriate detailed instruction, to staff or students with respect to tests, experiments and the construction of components and equipment, this may also require the demonstration of various associated techniques. To consult with and advise academic and research staff upon the selection, suitability and use of electrical and/or electronic test and measurement equipment
  • To prepare diagrams, drawings, and mechanical specifications either manually or computerised for use by either research or teaching groups. To Design and manufacture components and equipment for teaching and research purposes. To record and tabulate test data, specifically in computerised format, both for teaching and research purposes
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience


  • Significant  post apprenticeship work experience in a relevant technical role
  • Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Demonstrates technical and problem solving capability
  • Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines, with a positive and proactive approach to duties and diligence and attention to detail
  • Contribute to design and specification of research and teaching activites 
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the workshop and laboratory, and  research and teaching priorities
  • Substantial Experience of working in and managing a Mechanical Laboratory and Workshop, including budgetary and safety issues
  • Experience working on Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery.
  • A good theoretical and practical knowledge of the design, modification, maintenance, service and repair of mechanical components, equipment and machinery


Attributes and Behaviours


  • Team Working
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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




  • Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (or Equivalent Level 4 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 14882