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Senior Mechanical Workshop Technician

Requisition ID:  22936

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  15-Sep-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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


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.


Salary: £27,131 to £28,762 with progression to £31,411 per annum


Closing Date: 07 October 2022


The Role


We are looking for an experienced Workshop Technician to join our team of Mechanical Workshop Technicians who support our Mechanical Workshops, facilities and associated machines and equipment within the School of Engineering.


Our highly skilled and professional technical colleagues are essential to supporting the delivering of successful research and teaching to an international standard within the School and Faculty.  We have approximately 80 technicians employed within the School of Engineering working on our campuses and off-site facilities across the North East of England. We have expertise that spans a wide range of disciplines that make a fundamental contribution towards Newcastle University’s aims.


As a Senior Workshop Technician, you will be responsible for providing technical support for specific workshop research projects. You will be responsible for taking the lead in 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 be required to design and produce jigs, fixtures, and bespoke test pieces and to produce bespoke components, using CAD/CAM software to aid in manufacturing.
We are keen to hear from people with a can-do attitude, who are from a Mechanical Workshop background and have a passion in providing Technical Support in our Mechanical Workshops at Newcastle University


If this is you, please contact John Smith, Technical Workshop Team Leader (


For more information about our technicians community, please click here

For more information about the School of Engineering, please click here


This is a full-time position, with a fixed term contract for 3 years.


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples. 


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experience of working in a Mechanical Workshop
  • Significant  post apprenticeship work experience in a Workshop technical role.
  • Experience of programming and setting of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) on both millers and lathes, and also manual machining experience is required 
  • A good working knowledge of Manufacturing drawing software such as Inventor, MasterCam or EdgeCam
  • Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures within a Workshop
  • 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 projects
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the workshop and laboratory, and  research and teaching priorities
  • A good theoretical and practical knowledge of the design, modification, maintenance, service and repair of mechanical components, equipment and machinery


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Work collaboratively with others, play a positive role in teams and establish and grow relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued
  • Work in a planned and structured way and ensure all activities are completed on time
  • Set own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives and keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Recognise the need for change and forward looking. Promote the benefits of change to others and regularly come up with new ideas. Have 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




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.


Requisition ID: 22936