Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)
Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)
Job Ref: 3186
Job type: Permanent, Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £25,046 - £28,461 PA dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits
Closing date: 15th March 2019
Are you an experienced Mechanical Technician with a background in workshop practice, and an aptitude for precision assembly work?
Do you have an interest in emerging technology and robotic systems?
If so, this is a brilliant opportunity to join us as a Mechanical Technician and maintain and operate our world-class robotic and remote handling systems.
About the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
UKAEA researches fusion energy and related technologies. Our mission is to lead the commercial development of fusion power and position the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy.
We host and manage the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and are also home to the UK’s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. We also work 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.
We offer outstanding benefits, including a world class pension, a 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.
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.
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.
As a Mechanical Technician, you will 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 handling Mechanical Technician.
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:
- Support the assembly, commissioning, operation and maintenance of specialist electromechanical equipment
- Work with telemanipulators, transporters, welding, cutting, handling and inspection devices
- Maintain complex electromechanical equipment to a high standard of precision and cleanliness, often in challenging environments with high levels of PPE
- Create new and edit existing technical documentation
- Support new project activities and highlight any design/manufacturing issues
- Perform general mechanical workshop activities, including precision assembly, fitting, fabricating, turning and milling
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Experience as a Mechanical Technician, gained in an engineering environment
- Experience with MS Excel and Word
- The proven ability to work from detailed drawings and schematics
- A recognised engineering apprenticeship (or equivalent) and a relevant qualification in engineering/workshop technology
- A qualification and experience in the safe operation of conventional workshop machine tools
- Experience in generating formal maintenance documentation
- Forklift truck driving experience
- CSCS experienced worker
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.
- 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.