Senior Electrical Technician

UK Atomic Energy Authority
OX14 3DB, Abingdon
£35,486 to £37,924 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
11 Feb 2021
11 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Electrical Technician


- Full time

- Department: RACE Operations

- Salary: £35,486 to £37,924 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

- Salary band: £30,000 to 39,999 per annum

- Confirmed Grade: Level 4

- Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description


By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) is a business unit, based at Culham, within the UK Atomic Energy Authority specialising in remote handling and automated systems. As part of the global programme for fusion, RACE is developing remote handling systems for the next generations of power stations.


RACE is also at the centre of the UK effort to apply novel technologies to all challenging and harsh environments for the protection of people and advancement of industry. RACE designs, procures commissions, operates and maintains the wide range equipment that is used for the maintenance and implementation of enhancements of the JET Tokamak and is active in the design and development of remote maintenance systems used in ITER and DEMO fusion reactor.

Who are we looking for?

RACE is seeking Senior Electrical Technicians with good technical knowledge and practical skills. You will be expected to supervise and carry out wiring and maintenance activities and undertake modification, commissioning and operations of bespoke electromechanical remote handling equipment and hardware. As a Senior Electrical Technician, you will also be expected to support teams and projects in the development of remote handling systems for the next generation of power stations. Your role will support the UK effort to apply novel technologies to all challenging and harsh environments for the protection of people and advancement of industry.

Special Requirements

Required to work in Beryllium and Radiation controlled areas wearing Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) up to and including an airline feed pressurised suit. All necessary training, equipment and registration for this will be provided by RACE.


During remote handling operations, there may be a requirement to attend the site out of normal working hours on an on-call basis.


What will you be responsible for?

The main responsibilities of the role will be to support technical activities in remote handling and the operations of the RACE facility. This will include:

- Undertake and supervise technicians in the wiring, testing and commissioning of circuits and equipment for the remote handling systems.

- Undertake and supervise the maintenance activities on remote handling equipment, Including the prompt fault finding and repair of remote handling electrical systems.

- Work with the Electrical Implementation Section Leader to prioritise tasks assigned from projects and highlight issues where targets cannot be met.

- Work on RACE projects involving the research and development of new equipment and tasks and the ability to recognise potential issues.

- Ensure the relevant risk assessments and procedures are followed for the safe working within the electrical workshop and work areas.

- Become the Maintenance Responsible Officer for RACE equipment or systems.

- Mentor Electrical Technicians and apprentices working in the RACE Electrical Implementation Section.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

- A relevant engineering degree/HND or HNC/apprenticeship or equivalent with significant industry experience.

- Qualified to the current BS7671 Wiring Regulations.

- Ability to understand and work from drawings and schematics.

- Comprehensive knowledge of crimping and soldering techniques.

- Knowledge and experience of assembly of high-density connectors.

- Experienced in fault finding techniques in electrical systems and devices.

- Experienced in the supervision of a workshop and management of technicians.


What we offer

- A competitive salary  

- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 

- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 

- Flexible working options including family-friendly policies  

- Emergency leave (paid) 

- 30.5 days’ annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 

- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  

- Annual corporate bonus scheme  

- Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice.

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.