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Senior Mechanical Technician

Requisition ID:  1328

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date:  29-Nov-2019


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: £25,941.00 - £30,046.00 

Closing Date: 13 December 2019




The Role


You will be one of a team of technicians providing technical support within the School of Engineering Laboratories and associated Facilities, particularly the Strengths/Materials Laboratories, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Ion Beam Facility, and other Labs and Facilities used for Mechanical Engineering UG and PG teaching, and research.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the operation and operational maintenance of equipment and instruments; determining laboratory requirements and keeping up to date with relevant Health and Safety legislation, codes of practice and regulations, particularly good working practice around gases and liquid nitrogen.


You should be able to use precise measuring equipment (Micrometres, Vernier gauge and Dial gauge equipment) and have experience with high voltage battery systems.


You should hold a Higher National Certificate in Science (or Equivalent Level 4 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience. You will have post apprenticeship work experience in a relevant technical role as well as a thorough working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety procedures.


You should have excellent team working and communication skills and demonstrate technical and problem solving capabilities. Also you will demonstrate good organising abilities in order to meet deadlines.  

Please note you must be able to work after hours during term time to ensure readiness of teaching laboratories for practical classes, for which time off in lieu is given.


To support the research and teaching activities of the School of Engineering, Manufacturing Services through the provision of workshop and/or laboratory management and technical expertise. To supervise technical staff in the area as designated by the School Technical Manager under the direction of the Technical Team Leader.


Informal enquiries can be made to Mr Christopher Brown, Technical Team Leader, Telephone 0191 2087902, e-mail christopher.brown@ncl.ac.uk or Mr Paul Simpson,

School Technical Manager,   Telephone: 0191 2087901, e-mail  paul.simpson@ncl.ac.uk   



 Key Accountabilities


  •  In conjunction with the technical 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 activities
  • 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
  • A good theoretical and practical knowledge of the design, modification, maintenance, service and repair of mechanical components, equipment and machinery
  • A good theoretical and practical knowledge of the design, modification, maintenance, service and repair of mechanical components, equipment and machinery
  • Experience working with precise measuring equipment. (micrometers, vernier gauge and dial gauge equipment)
  • Experience working with high voltage battery systems.
  • Having a good understanding of health and safety with a good working practice around gases and liquid nitrogen.
  • Experience working on Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery.


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.
  • 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.



  • 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 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: 1328