Vacancy Type/Job category
Management & Professional
School of Engineering
£32,348 - £42,155 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Permanent, full time role.
The School of Engineering is looking to recruit a Process and Production Specialist to support the Facilities Manager to manage, maintain and develop the Engineering Build Space (EBS) and other related facilities in the School.
The EBS is used by students and staff both within Engineering and across the University. It is a space that allows users the opportunity to be creative and bring their ideas to life.
More information about the space is available here: here
The duties of this post encompass management of the EBS space, technical support, maintenance of resources and mentoring and leadership. The role provides direct support to staff and students in the EBS, providing training in the safe use of equipment and supporting students through informal teaching in the EBS.
The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills with experience of technical facilities management and a high level of skill in relevant technical areas. Expertise across CNC machines, additive manufacturing systems, use and maintenance of hand/powertools, CAD and CAM is essential.
Due to the nature of the facility the working hours for this role are 9am – 5pm Monday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm on Friday. This includes a half hour lunch break.
Weekend and evening work will be required on occasion to support the activities of the Facility, additional hours worked will be compensated through TOIL.
Interview date: TBC.
To support the Facilities Manager (EBS) to manage, maintain and develop the Engineering Build Space (EBS) and other related facilities in the School. To provide direct support to staff and students in the EBS, providing training in the safe use of equipment and supporting students through informal teaching in the EBS.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Managing the Engineering Build Space
• To work with the Facilities Manager to manage and develop the Engineering Build Space (EBS), ensuring the safe operation of the space on a daily basis and adherence to health and safety, compliance and other statutory requirements, this will include carrying out risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work.
• To undertake technical management of the EBS, managing the functional running of the area.
• To work with other stakeholders (including the Head of Teaching, Discipline Stream Leaders, Directors of Studies, and Module Leaders) to ensure that the EBS satisfactorily supports the provision of seminars, courses, workshops and projects across the School of Engineering's degree programmes (including undergraduate, degree apprenticeship and taught postgraduate), providing technical input and expertise to academic staff and students.
• To lead on the design, development and set up of technical research and teaching equipment in the Engineering Build Space (EBS) and related facilities, including provision of specialist knowledge and understanding of systems and contributing to planning, provision of advice and guidance on design and feasibility of projects and diagnosing technical problems, identifying and offering practical solutions.
• To work with the Facilities Manager to manage access to the EBS ensuring appropriate opening hours are clearly communicated and all users are appropriately trained in the use of the specialist equipment with documented training records.
• To ensure the satisfactory maintenance and repair of the equipment, liaising with manufacturers and providers as necessary to resolve any problems with equipment malfunctions or inconsistencies, monitoring material / stock / supply levels within the set budget to ensure the facility continues to function and downtime is reduced for machine maintenance.
• To work with the Facilities Manager to manage software licences and other licences required for the facility to operate. To control and adhere to legal requirements, complying with regulations and observing future changes. To develop protocols, service level agreements and KPIs.
• To maintain knowledge of equipment and supplies required in the EBS and related facilities. Support the technical management of these spaces, develop ideas and provide expert advice and guidance relating to the EBS. Translate requirements, provide solutions and respond to queries
Technical Support and Guidance for Research and Teaching Activities
• Give a technical design for manufacture / CAD service; provide advice on CAM processes and innovative manufacturing processes such as multi-axis machining, additive manufacture, laser, and waterjet cutting, vacuum forming, resin- infused fibre moulding etc., to include tutoring to academics, students, technical and research staff.
• To support researchers and academics with the development of research proposals to ensure they are appropriately resourced. Time estimation of design and manufacturing support will be required for individual proposals to ensure recovery of resource cost.
• To plan and prioritise workload, determining realistic delivery targets for teaching and research projects taking into account internal work loading factors and the cost and availability of external sourcing.
• To support the planning, co-ordination and delivery of EBS activities for open and offer holder days and other public events, this will involve occasional evening and weekend work.
Maintenance of Equipment
• To devise, develop and execute systematic test procedures to ascertain process parameters for manufacture facilities in the EBS.
• To document the process / operating procedures for fabrication methods in the EBS in the form of written documentation or instructional video content as appropriate, ensuring information is accurate and up to date.
• Contribute to the content and development of the EBS and other relevant webpages ensuring information is accurate and up to date.
• Undertake planning, organisation and provision of technical support to visits and events in own area.
• Responsibility for specifying, ordering, planning and monitoring the maintenance of materials/stocks/supplies. Manage resources/equipment and inventory of consumables and equipment. Involvement in outsourcing of services.
• General housekeeping ensuring work areas are well maintained to a high standard.
• Mentor apprentices and undertake supervision and instruction of trainees / students / contractors through seminars / demonstrations / practical sessions / work tasks; assessing user competence and provide support in training of others in the use of equipment. Oversee daily workplans.
• To deputise in the absence of the Facilities Manager.
The above is not an exhaustive list of duties, the post holder will be expected to work flexibly to meet the needs of the facility under the guidance of the Facilities Manager, Head of Teaching and other members of the School Management.
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
A relevant vocational qualification at NVQ level 6 or a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification or significant work experience in a similar role. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Experience of working in and managing a technical role / research facility, with demonstrated experience of design, design for manufacture and manufacture using both manual tools and CNC/CAM. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3
A high level of skill and expertise in relevant technical areas e.g. design for manufacture (and DfAM), CNC machining and additive manufacturing technologies (including FDM/FFF, SLA and SLS). Experience in maintenance and repair of such systems. (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Experience of manual CNC/AM toolpath generation using and maintaining hand and powertools (pillar drills, bandsaws, mill-drills, lathes etc.). Working with a wide range of materials (metals, polymers, wood, composites). (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 5
A high level of skill with CAD (preferably Autodesk Fusion 360), including the ability to produce drawings, model and assembly renderings, mechanical simulation, animation, and CAM (including programming of post-processing scripts). (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 6
Experience of managing budgets with responsibility for contacting suppliers, outsourcing services or requesting/sourcing quotations for equipment, components and services. Ability to input into a tender process. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to work on own initiative, and concurrently coordinate multiple projects or pieces of work. Forward planning schedules for self and others, prioritisation of tasks, decision making and working under pressure to strict deadlines. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 8
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills required in order to exchange information with internal and external customers, provide advice and guidance and represent the EBS at internal and external meetings as required. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 9
Ability to apply learning from training to new processes or practices within own area together with flexibility to learn new areas and technologies and maintain awareness of relevant technological developments and advancements. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 10
Attention to detail and ability to accurately review, analyse and record data / information. Awareness of importance of security of facility / data. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 11
Ability to interpret complicated instructions, analyse requirements and implement detailed specifications; design, develop, build, operate specialist equipment/experiments working from professional diagrams to apply specialist technical solutions. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 12
Draft Standard Operating Procedure, Risk Assessments and procedures including hazardous substances (COSHH), labelling, handling, transporting and disposal of consumables and safe working practices. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 13
IT literacy, including Microsoft, video recording and editing (Davinci Resolve or similar) and knowledge of specialist software packages with the ability to operate computer based equipment. Experience of website development and management. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 14
Ability to coach / mentor colleagues and students and provide training. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 15
Awareness of specific legislative requirements (British Standards, Home Office licence, Acts, Governance) ensuring compliance work area. Up to date knowledge of health and safety legislation, standards and procedures including COSHH regulations. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Previous line management experience. (a,c)
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