Engineering (Mechatronics) Technician Advanced Apprenticeship

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Business Area: Technical/Engineering
Full Time Salary: £11,502 (increased annually)
Post Type: Full time / Fixed term
Term: 4 years
Provisional Interview Dates: March 2022
Closing Date: 28/02/2022
Ref No: 10706

About us

Diamond is currently offering vacancies for an Engineering (Mechatronics) Technician Advanced Apprenticeship to commence in September 2022.

As one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, we provide the opportunity to work and learn within an exciting and unique working environment with a vast array of scientific research that really does make a difference in shaping and changing the world and our understanding of it.

Our Technicians are a critical, vital and integral part of Diamond and the work that is undertaken here.  The multi-disciplined approach of mechatronics means you will spend your time learning the essential skills of electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering.

Successful completion of the 4-year programme leads to a Level 3 Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship which follows the Product Design and Development Technician apprentice standard.  As an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Approved Scheme, you will also have the opportunity to become professionally registered as an EngTech with the IET.

The first year is spent training off-site at the Oxford Advanced Skills (OAS) training centre in Culham.  Over the course of the remaining 3 years, you will undertake comprehensive on the job training across a variety of placements on site gaining hands-on-experience in Mechanical Assembly and Fitting, Electrical Assembly and Testing, Vacuum Engineering, CNC and Machining, Motion Controls and PLC controls.

The role will have the following responsibilities:

  • Mechanical and electrical assembly and installation of bespoke, prototype, high-tech equipment.
  • Work on electro-mechanical aspects of the scientific instrumentation including, control racks and field equipment and installation of motors and electrical sensors for items such as vacuum, pneumatics, water flow and temperature monitoring.
  • Assembling, testing, maintaining, and upgrading existing beamline equipment.
  • Assisting in design, installation, and commissioning of further specialist beamline equipment.
  • General work, including electrical cabling, designing, and building simple mechanical devices.
  • Assisting Diamond scientists with user experiments.
  • Carry out regular inspection of installed equipment to comply with safety regulations.
  • Competence to undertake mechanical and electrical / electronic fault finding.
  • Ensuring that all work is carried out safely and using the correct processes.
  • Work with little or no supervision; relying on own initiative.
  • Diagnose and rectify faults on a range of circuits and equipment.
  • Write reports.

Key personal attributes:

  • The ability to follow technical drawings and instructions.
  • A methodical approach to work and using own initiative.
  • An ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • The ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills.
  • An interest in science and technology and a commitment to keep up to date with industry developments.
  • Good practical skills to work with hand and power tools.
  • Good IT knowledge.
  • A thorough understanding of safety rules and regulations.

Qualifications required:

Applicants must have achieved (or are expecting to achieve) X 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/5 and above, including English, Maths, and a Science subject (or equivalent qualification).

Special requirement: 

Applicants must be able to make your own travel arrangements to Diamond (in Harwell) and to the OAS training centre (in Culham).

Starting salary: £11,502 per annum (increased annually).

The closing date for this vacancy is the 28th of February 2022.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 44 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.

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