National Physical Laboratory

CMM Programmer

Dependent on experience
01 Mar 2017
29 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) sits at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application. One of the top three National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) in the world, we now have a regional presence and strategic relationships with Surrey and Strathclyde Universities. Our expertise and original research have benefited UK citizens and the UK economy for over a century.

The role is as a member of NPL team based at our metrology laboratory at the University of Huddersfield, reporting into the Huddersfield Business Manager. This is primarily a technical role, delivering inspection and related support to a variety of high value manufacturing Sector customers, most of whom are located in the North of England. Elements of this work will require activities to be carried out on customer sites and may involve one or two overnight visits on a fairly regular basis during certain defined periods. Regular interaction with technical customers and stakeholders will be required, including defining work packages, problem solving, interpreting results and participating in project reviews.

An essential part of the role will be to act as an ambassador for NPL while in customer organisations, able to represent the interests of the wider business during those interactions.

The individual must display a commitment to quality and quality systems, including documentation.

Part of the role will involve networking with colleagues based at Teddington on a regular basis, including occasional visits to Teddington.

Over time, the technical competencies of the role are expected to expand to include additional measurement techniques, being developed by the NPL. Appropriate training will be provided as these techniques are introduced into the capabilities of the laboratory.

The individual must be conversant in at least one CMM programming language, ideally Zeiss Calypso and supporting measurement methodologies. Experience of programming in other languages is also highly desirable (PCDMIS, MCOSMOS, Camio etc). Any experience in use of non-contact measurement systems would also be advantageous to the role.

Specific technical skills desirable include:

  • Offline programming including debugging, documentation and interpretation of results
  • Part testing of CMM programmes.
  • Compiling inspection reports in the customer’s format.
  • Interpretation of drawings and use of CAD data on the CMM
  • Validation of CMM part programs through data analysis & correlation
  • MSA (Measurement System Analysis)
  • Design of measurement strategies
  • First Principle (‘On-Table’) measurement techniques

The role requires experience of carrying out measurement and inspection in a manufacturing environment (or similar) and hands-on knowledge of the measurement of safety-critical, high-tolerance components. The individual shall also satisfy the current baseline security clearance requirements.

The role requires an individual who is self-motivated, requires little or no supervision after appropriate training, with the confidence and knowledge to deliver customer deliverables to cost, quality and time.

NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting its people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities. NPL Management Limited is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter

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