Engineering (Mechatronics) Technician Advanced Apprenticeship

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Business Area: Technical/Engineering

Full Time Salary: £11,502 per annum (increased annually)

Post Type: Full time / Fixed term Term 4 years
Closing Date: 14/03/2021
Ref No: 10478

Diamond is currently offering vacancies for an Engineering (Mechatronics) Technician Advanced Apprenticeship to commence in September 2021.

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 Engineering Office Design Practice.

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: 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: you must have achieved (or are expecting) 5 GCSE’s at grade 4/5 and above, including English, Maths and a Science subject (or equivalent qualification).

Special requirement:  you must be able to make your own travel arrangements to Diamond (in Harwell) and to the training centre (in Culham).

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

This role does not meet the required skill level for a Tier 2 work visa and therefore we would be unable to sponsor individuals due to the current Home Office rules. To be appointed to the role, candidates will need to have the right to work in the UK without sponsorship from us.

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