Mechanical Workshop Technician

Gap Personnel
16 Apr 2017
16 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Our client, a leading public sector body in Bristol is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to join its engineering workshop team based in a purpose built, well equipped facility

'Working alongside technical staff and academic researchers you will support the School of Physics’ experimental research and teaching activities and work on a wide range of tasks including developing, producing and testing often one-off, innovative pieces of equipment or modifying existing equipment to enhance the original design. You will provide technical support to students and academic and research staff and help in developing new projects offering design ideas or solutions where possible. Key tasks will include general engineering such as milling, lathe work and basic welding. Depending on experience, further training may be provided in specialist welding, tool-making, CNC machines and computer controlled water jet cutting. The ideal candidate will be an apprentice-served tool maker or tool-room machinist with a sound practical working knowledge of milling, grinding, turning and other machine shop processes. You will be able to think laterally and should be willing to learn new techniques in order to build complex and innovative equipment from conceptual ideas. You should be able to work from drawings or basic concept designs and be able to produce finished products without drawings.'

This role involves design, manufacture, construction and commission of a wide range of standard and innovative equipment, or specialised adaptation of existing equipment, often based on emergent or early concept ideas and frequently with minimal guidance. Aspects of the responsibilities will be unique and may involve working closely with a researcher to understand what is required before building and helping test the finished project.

  1. To undertake the design and then build or manufacture major pieces of (usually) unique equipment essential to research - often from conceptual ideas.

  2. To carry out general engineering tasks which may include milling, lathe work, grinding and basic welding. Depending on experience, to carry out, and / or acquire skills for specialist engineering tasks such as welding, tool-making or operating the water-jet cutter and other specialist CNC machines.

  3. To assist with the commissioning of scientific apparatus in a research or teaching environment, receiving feedback from staff or students and then further develop the equipment.

  4. To assess and control risks associated with the proposed work and, via the line manager, liaise with the University and departmental safety personnel.

  5. To contribute to the running of the workshop and supervision of students and staff using workshop resources.

  6. To ensure that all health and safety procedures are followed to protect the post holder and anyone else who comes in contact with the machine or equipment that the post holder is using.

  7. To provide technical support to students and academic and research staff and help in the assessment of future projects offering design ideas or solutions where possible.

  8. To find faults, solve problems and rectify equipment-related problems rapidly. To advise and communicate with staff and students at all levels.

    To develop and use effective interpersonal skills so that the maximum information is obtained from the task originator to process conceptual ideas towards workable designs and within an achievable time