Mechanical Technician - Miller/Turner

University of Glassgow
July 16, 2024
Offerd Salary:£32,332 - £36,024
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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Mechanical Technician - Miller/Turner

Job Purpose

As a specialist in manual and CNC machining (turning/milling), you will provide a professional technical support to research and teaching activities in the College of Science and Engineering, operating within the Technical Services Mechanical Workshop team. Your expert range of machining skills and advanced experience in using mechanical workshop equipment will be applied to world class research projects as well as engaging postgraduate and undergraduate teaching activities. You will also participate in demonstrating practical skills in research labs and in undergraduate teaching lab spaces. In addition, you will undertake a range of technical support activities in line with the College strategy and your expertise.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Using manual and CNC machining equipment (turning/milling), design and manufacture mechanical components and systems to a high standard of finish and accuracy within defined timescales, using a wide range of ferrous, non-ferrous and occasionally exotic materials, using the full range of mechanical workshop machine tools and equipment.

2. Be responsible for the management of technical aspects of the Mechanical Workshop Services, including where relevant, management of the technical resources and technical staff. Maintain workshop consumables stocks and ensure the suitable engineering tooling.

3. Ensure timely delivery of quality machining production, optimising machining processes, testing manufactured component parts, troubleshooting complex technical problems, and seeking continuous improvement.

4. Be responsible for setting up experimental apparatus in the preparation of undergraduate teaching labs, including resolving issues with the design and operation of technical equipment (training will be given on equipment).

5. Provide technical advice and guidance for students and staff on appropriate use of equipment. Deliver verbal instruction to students of assigned engineering application labs on basic engineering skills. (training will be given to deliver verbal instruction).

6. Keep up to date with developments in relevant technical areas and within the mechanical workshop technology to ensure contribution to research goals is optimised. Independently generate ideas and implement agreed proposals for experimental strategies.

7. Where relevant, take day to day control of technical workshop budgets, making informed decisions and advice on purchasing of capital equipment and consumables following consultation with appropriate colleagues.

8. Be responsible for the day-to-day management of and compliance with relevant Health and Safety and/or other specialist legal requirements. Maintain all necessary records in accordance with set requirements. Where relevant, keep up to date with developments or legal changes relevant to the work of the research group and advise and train group members as appropriate. Report any potential issues to the PI/service/facility manager, Safety Committee and/or relevant internal or external bodies timeously.

9. Work collaboratively with others, including within the wider College/Institute/School and where relevant with external contacts, to enhance the delivery of the research aims and support the broader strategic aims of the University. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and contribute to the wider College/School/Group activities as required, including the Technician Commitment key themes, https: // www.

10. Undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by Technical Services Management.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Either Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in a similar role

OR: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 8 Scottish Vocational Qualification level 4, Higher National Diploma or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential :

C1 Demonstrable specialist technical skills in manual and CNC machining (turning/milling). Significant breadth and depth of technical knowledge of mechanical fundamental principles and materials, standard mechanical engineering manufacturing techniques, and recognised as an expert in machining

C2 Solid experience of manufacturing components/apparatus to a high level of precision using a full range of workshop machine tools, developing and refining designs from limited or incomplete information, including evidence of previous outputs and professional development

C3 Significant IT skills, including proficient user of relevant specialist software packages in Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) associated with component manufacturing on CNC milling machines and lathes

C4 Experience of understanding and interpreting complex technical requirements of service users. Able to work from technical drawings/sketches and verbal instructions, interpreting the requirements of service users with limited competence in the mechanical field, and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs

C5 Ability to plan and prioritise a broad range of technical work to meet competing demands, planning and scheduling work, and managing time and service users expectations efficiently

C6 Excellent teamworking skills and experience of operating independently when necessary in progressing and delivering goals within set timescales, under the direction of a lead technicians and managers

C7 Up to date knowledge of legislative requirements applicable in mechanical engineering environment, including but not limited to Health and Safety


D1 Good knowledge of metal joining techniques (welding, brazing, soldering)

D2 Good knowledge of surface grinding and certified in handling abrasive wheels

D3 Experience of verbal delivery to students/apprentices. If not training will be given to attain for Trainers' certificate.

D4 Familiar with and able to use CAD packages such as Solidworks, Fusion 360 etc. (Training will be given if required)

D5 Experience of managing budgets, including approving spends and monitoring outgoings on behalf of others

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 6, £32,332 - £36,024 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended (permanent).

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

The University of Glasgow has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. If you require a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you will be required to meet the eligibility requirements of the visa route to be assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship.

Please note that this post may be eligible to be sponsored under the Skilled Worker visa route if tradeable points can be used under the Skilled Worker visa rules. For more information please visit: https: // www. worker-visa.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 148668 Close Date : 16-Jul-2024 23:45

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