Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Abingdon
£25,046 - £28,461 PA Plus Benefits
16 Feb 2019
15 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)

Job Ref:3186
Job Title: Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £25,046 - £28,461 PA dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme.
Closing date:15th March 2019

Are you an experienced mechanical technician with a background in workshop practice, with an aptitude for precision assembly work?

Do you have an interest in assembly and maintenance of detailed mechanical assemblies?

Do you have a recognised engineering apprenticeship or equivalent with a relevant qualification in engineering and workshop technology?

Do you have an interest in emerging technology and robotic systems?

If so, we are looking for skilled mechanical technician to maintain and operate our world class robotic and remote handling systems.

RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) develop and operate remote handling systems which use the latest technology in robotics for the next generations of power stations. Your role will be to build, maintain and operate our advanced remote handling systems at our unique facility in Abingdon. We are looking for proactive, motivated and technically skilled fitters to be trained by us as a remote handing mechanical technician.

We offer outstanding benefits including a world class pension, comprehensive leave package, exceptional personal development/progression prospects and full training in the use and maintenance of state of the art robotic and remote handling systems.

You will work on a wide range of electromechanical devices varying in size from small hand tools up to a 400kg capacity robotic arm with a reach of 10 metres.

As a mechanical technician you will be responsible for: 
- Supporting the assembly, commissioning, operation and maintenance of a wide range of specialist electromechanical equipment.
- Work on a regular basis with telemanipulators, transporters, welding, cutting, handling and inspection devices enabling remote handling maintenance, assemble and inspection tasks to be performed. 
- Operate specialist remote handling equipment safely and taking ownership for it.
- Maintaining complex electromechanical equipment to a high standard of precision and cleanliness often in challenging environments with high levels of PPE.
- Creation of new and editing of existing technical documentation related to Remote Handling equipment.
- Support new project activities, highlighting any design or manufacturing issues during assembly and operation, suggesting solutions to rectify these.
- General mechanical workshop activities which include precision assembly, fitting, fabricating, turning and milling.

Due to the nature of the role, the appointee must be prepared to work shifts or be on call as required. However, this is only during shutdown preparation and operation. (Not full-time shift work. On average about 25% of the year). Typical shift pattern when in remote operations are 06:00-15:30 for 2 weeks, one week on base hours (37.5 hours) and 15:15-01:15 for 2 weeks.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

Knowledge skills and experience

Essential- Recognised engineering apprenticeship (or equivalent) with a relevant qualification in engineering and workshop technology.
- Proven capability of working from detailed drawings and schematics.
- Experience of working as a mechanical technician in an engineering environment. 
- Experience with MS Excel and MS Word.
- Ability to co-operate and work as a part of a team.
- Excellent communication skills.

Desirable- Qualified and experienced in the safe operation of conventional workshop machine tools. 
- Experienced in generation of formal maintenance documentation.
- Fork lift truck driving experience
- Crane and slinging certificate
- CSCS experienced worker
- EngTech registration will be advantageous.
- Experience in the manipulation of virtual reality models would be advantageous, however full training will be provided. 
- Previous experience in the operation of remote handling equipment would be beneficial however full training will be provided.

Special requirements: - The appointee may be required to work in Beryllium and Radiation controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by UKAEA.

- The JET Shutdown operations are staffed in shifts and the appointee must be prepared to work shifts or be on call as required. However, this is only during shutdown preparation and operation. (Not full-time shift work. On average about 25% of the year). Typical shift pattern when in remote operations are 06:00-15:30 for 2 weeks, one week on base hours (37.5 hours) and 15:15-01:15 for 2 weeks.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Selection Method(s):
- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises
- As part of the selection process you will be expected to complete a fitting test, manufacturing a small component with basic hand tools.

- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
- Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.
- The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

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