Senior Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Abingdon
£32,993 - £37,069 + excellent benefits
16 Feb 2019
15 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling) 

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Job Title: 
Senior Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling) 

Job type: 
Permanent Full Time 

Culham, Oxfordshire 

£32,993 - £37,069 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme 

Closing date: 
15th March 2019 

Are you an experienced senior mechanical technician with a background in leading small teams to achieve mechanical assembly and maintenance activities? 

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

Have you gained demonstrable experience putting together risk assessments, method statements and written safety schema of work for a range of projects? 

If so, we have an excellent opportunity for an experienced senior mechanical technician to join our team within the Remote Application in Challenging Environments (RACE) Department working on a range of small to larger scale projects. You will ensure the generation of documentation and the supervision of a small team of mechanical technicians for the assembly and maintenance of a wide range of specialist equipment such as telemanipulators, transporters, welding, cutting, handling and inspection devices. 

Key areas of responsibility will include: 
- Write all necessary written safety schema of work, assembly procedures/method statements and risk assessments, to hold readiness review prior to task and to undertake the assembly, commissioning and rebuild activities. 
- Support maintenance activities, highlighting any areas of inconsistency ensuring equipment is functionality assembled as originally designed to maximise equipment reliability within plan and budget. 
- Offer technical support and solutions to rectify any issues that arise during the assembly process, taking the lead with the assembly and rebuild activities. 
- Supervise and lead a small team of mechanical technicians to deliver the work in a safe and effective manner during assembly and maintenance works. 
- Attend regular progress meetings with senior managers to report back to the business. 

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. 

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack. 

Knowledge skills and experience 


- Recognised engineering apprenticeship (or equivalent) with a relevant qualification in engineering and workshop technology. Qualified to HND level or have a similar level of experience in lieu of qualification. 
- Extensive experience working as a technician in an engineering environment. 
- Experienced in managing tasks in a work hall environment with formal work control. 
- Supervisory and / or direct line management experience in managing a small team of technicians, actively driving work to meet the project plan. 
- Experienced in generation of formal work control documentation. 
- Proven capability of working from detailed drawings and schematics. 
- Experience with MS Excel and MS Word. 
- Ability to co-operate and work as a part of a team. 


- Previous experience in the operation of remote handling equipment would be beneficial however full training will be provided. 
- Experience in the manipulation of virtual reality models would be advantageous, however full training will be provided. 
- EngTech registration will be advantageous. 

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. 

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 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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