Senior Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Abingdon
£32,993 - £37,069 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits 
16 Apr 2019
14 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling) 

Job Ref: 3236 
Job type: Permanent, Full Time 
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire 
Salary: £32,993 - £37,069 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits 
Closing date: 16th May 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 and a relevant qualification in engineering and workshop technology? 

If so, this is an excellent opportunity to join our skilled team and work with leading technologies as a Senior Mechanical Technician. 

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. 

The Benefits 

We offer outstanding benefits, including a world class pension, a comprehensive leave package, exceptional personal development/progression prospects and the chance to share your expertise with a dedicated team. 

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. 

Your Responsibilities 

As a Senior Mechanical Technician, you’ll join the Remote Application in Challenging Environments (RACE) Department, working on a range of small to larger scale projects. 

You will generate documentation and supervise a small team of Mechanical Technicians in assembling and maintaining a wide range of specialist equipment. This includes telemanipulators, transporters, welding, cutting, handling and inspection devices. 

As a Senior Mechanical Technician, you will: 

- Write necessary written safety schema of work, assembly procedures/method statements and risk assessments, hold readiness review prior to task and undertake the assembly, commissioning and rebuild activities 
- Support maintenance activities, ensuring equipment is functionality assembled as originally designed 
- Offer technical support and solutions to rectify any assembly-related issues 
- Attend regular progress meetings with senior managers to report back to the business 

Knowledge skills and experience 


- Extensive experience of working as a technician in an engineering environment 
- Experience of managing tasks in a work hall environment with formal work control 
- Supervisory and/or direct line management experience, including managing a small team of technicians 
- Experience of generating formal work control documentation 
- Proficiency in MS Word and Excel 
- The ability to work from detailed drawings and schematics 
- A recognised engineering apprenticeship (or equivalent) with a qualification in engineering and workshop technology 
- An HND level qualification (or equivalent) or a similar level of experience 


- Previous experience in the operation of remote handling equipment 
- Experience in the manipulation of virtual reality models 
- An EngTech registration 

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. 

Additional Information 

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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