Vacancy Type/Job category
£27,929 - £31,411 per annum
University Of Warwick, Coventry
Permanent position, 36.5 hours per week.
Are you looking for a new opportunity? Do you want to join a friendly team where you will be recognised and rewarded for your contribution?
An exciting opportunity exists to join the Automation Systems Group, part of the world renowned WMG at the University of Warwick to closely work with our industry partners on collaborative research projects on design and build of automation systems.
The Automation Systems Group is seeking to appoint an Engineering Technician (automation). The role involves contribution to funded R&D and commercial projects to develop novel automation and digital solutions to support the manufacturing industry. The role will require design, installation, testing and evaluation of several automation solutions against technical constraints and industry requirements.
The prospective employee will be expected to work as a part of multidisciplinary team of automation and control experts. The ideal candidate will have a background in mechanical build, assembly, and maintenance of bespoke automation systems. Due to the highly technical nature of the role, the candidate is expected to produce, maintain and regularly present a set of documents which include dissemination material, requirement specifications and technical documentation.
You should be able to:
•Liaise with internal and external project team members.
•Apply your knowledge to the practical development of physical systems.
•Make use of specialist equipment, hand tools and software to support project delivery.
•Work on multiple concurrent projects.
The successful candidate will have access to a personal development program and will be offered opportunities to attend specialist training when and if required and approved.
Completion of an engineering apprenticeship is required together with an HNC/ONC Engineering qualification or equivalent.
We will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.
At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
Interview Date: TBC.
To provide technical support on research projects and related automation systems, as required.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To support the design, build, installation of industrial special purpose automation systems for a wide range of applications, to internal and external customer specifications, to very high level of accuracy to support both teaching and research activities in these areas.
2. To consult and liaise with academics, students and other WMG staff on the design, manufacture and use of apparatus and equipment. Dealing with both internal and external customers to meet technical specifications and achieve high levels of customer satisfaction.
3. To provide support for both technical and academic staff student, to advise concerning the feasibility of design, manufacture and use of equipment with regards to, e.g., material selection and machining techniques. To teach and advise staff and students on the use of equipment and apparatus within WMG.
4. Setting up, running and maintenance of the equipment at the WMG Workshops. To advise staff, students and external collaborators on the use of equipment and apparatus within WMG facilities.
5. To ensure health and safety legislation is adhered to by staff, students and external collaborators utilising the WMG facilities. A high level of Health and Safety awareness working within a manufacturing hall environment. To provide health and safety guidance and, when required, supervision for those working within WMG facilities with the use of relevant risk assessments, safe systems of work and COSHH information.
6. To assist in the maintenance and continued development of a diverse range of specialist equipment and apparatus in order to facilitate research and teaching.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
Successfully completed an Engineering Apprenticeship or any other equivalent qualification. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
HNC / ONC Engineering or similar qualification or relevant experience in a related engineering discipline / environment. (a)
Essential Criteria 3
Experience across the build, installation, and operation of automated equipment and systems. (a, b, c)
Essential Criteria 4
Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 5
Excellent interpersonal skills to ensure competent customer interface. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 6
Excellent team working skills. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to work independently to tight deadlines to deliver high quality outcomes. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 8
A high level of health and safety awareness appropriate for the environment, and the ability to guide and supervise others in safe practice. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 9
Use of technical expertise and judgement to provide feasible and cost- effective decisions on the provision of quality equipment and components. (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 1
A high degree of flexibility to respond to the changing needs of both academic and industry led research. (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 2
An appreciation of working with DC voltages up to 600V and high current systems. (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Design and drawing skills using CAD packages. (a, c)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.
For further information about the WMG department, please visit the departmental website.
For further information on the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, please see our website at WMG :: High Value Manufacturing Catapult (warwick.ac.uk)
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We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation.
Automation Systems Group
The Automation Systems Group (ASG) led by Prof Robert Harrison focuses on research and development related to supporting the lifecycle of automation in manufacturing, process control, and embedded systems. A major theme in this work is the virtual engineering of these systems and the direct deployment of control and monitoring capabilities from a common lifecycle engineering model. Full details about the work of this group can be found via the following link: here.
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19 Feb 2023