Technician - School of Engineering - 81557 - Band 400

Jul 04, 2019
Aug 04, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Position Details

School of Engineering

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £19,581 to £20,939. With potential progression once in post to £25,509 a year.

Band 400


Closing date: 4 August 2019

Job summary

Based at the Edgbaston Campus, the post provides general technical support to the School of Engineering, primarily in the Dept. of Civil Engineering. The post holder is required to use their technical skills and expertise to support across the range of Civil Engineering's activity. The post holder will support staff and students alike and will contribute to the work of the technical team, for instance assisting the preparation of material for laboratory classes. The post requires a good level of knowledge and experience of a variety of tools and the ability to think of practical solutions to technical problems.

The postholder will schedule and organise their own working patterns and complete duties in accordance with desired deadlines, supervising more junior technical staff and where necessary taught students (e.g. laboratory classes) They will prioritise their own workload but is refer to the Technical Manager where needed.

The postholder is responsible for the maintenance of the equipment as outlined in the main duties section and will provide solutions to issues / problems which may arise (e.g. in relation to Health and Safety) based on applying their level of technical knowledge and expertise. They will maintain regular contact with students, technical colleagues and academic staff providing advice and support based on technical knowledge and display a high level of interpersonal skills in dealing with others as required in order to complete tasks.

A full UK driving licence is essential for this post as the role involves operating a fork lift truck.

Main duties

General Technical support

  • Assisting academic and research staff, research students and taught students who are carrying out experiments. This will include: the manufacture and setting up of test specimens and samples for taught laboratory classes and research experiments
  • Demonstration and training in the use of different experimental methodologies, various experimental techniques and the use of technical equipment
  • Work closely with company representatives and clients requiring research and testing in the laboratories, including involvement in discussions about the results required; make suggestions for experimental set-ups and aid with the design and building of equipment and rigs
  • Assist in carrying out experimental work on site with research collaborators and other clients. This will include arranging visits, aiding in experimental work, building equipment and experimental rigs on site or in the laboratories
  • Collection of samples and materials

Control of equipment

  • Assisting in the maintenance, repair, calibration and cleaning of equipment.
  • Ensuring that equipment is safe and working by regular inspection, checks and PAT testing.
  • Organising the repair of any faulty equipment.
  • Keeping records of who has borrowed tools and equipment.
  • Monitoring levels of consumables, arranging for restocking if necessary.

General Buildings support

To provide a wide range of general help and support to the Technical team, this includes:
  • To assist in planned moves of office accommodation and laboratories including the distribution of furniture and equipment around the building.
  • To assist in the fitting and maintaining of security measures in the building (e.g. coded locks).
  • To strip out and dismantle laboratory experiments and equipment (under the appropriate supervision) when required.
  • To provide support for open days, admission days, conferences and meetings through the setting up of rooms / spaces including moving furniture, putting up display stands and moving demonstration equipment.
  • To maintain storage areas ensuring they are in a clean and tidy condition.
  • To assist in the disposal of waste materials in accordance with the University Environmental Policy, including maintaining all necessary documentation.

Project maintenance

  • To assist in providing instruction to students in the effective and safe operation of a range of mechanical workshop equipment and assess their ability to work safely.
  • To help maintain workshop equipment and facilities, reporting any issues or problems where necessary.
  • To support the introduction of any new workshop equipment and undertake training as appropriate.

Health and Safety

  • To be responsible for maintaining a safe working environment including COSHH, risk assessments and electrical safety testing.
  • Following procedures for the safe use of techniques and equipment, including standard operating procedures.
  • Arranging the disposal of waste products in line with University policy.
  • To ensure the cleanliness and good order of all working areas and having the authority to ensure that others follow the School's Health and Safety documentation.
  • To assist in the safe supervision of students (e.g. outreach activities, work experience) during laboratory projects and taught classes.
  • To ensure Portable Appliances Testing (PAT) is carried out in line with University Electrical Safety Policy, removing any failed equipment from use until it has been repaired and passed.

Any other duties

  • To act as fire-warden .
  • Undertake any other tasks, across the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences as a whole that might reasonably be asked by the Operations Manager (Finance) or Heads of Schools and are suitable by way of knowledge or experience, or can be achieved by a reasonable programme of training.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • Education to GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) to include Maths, English and Science.
  • Demonstrably significant relevant laboratory/engineering workshop experience required, including maintenance and repair of equipment.
  • A demonstrable knowledge, experience, understanding and appreciation of health and safety issues is essential.
  • Full UK driving licence essential, for the fork lift element of duties.
  • Demonstrably strong organisational and administrative skills, able to record information accurately using online systems and databases.
  • A demonstrably flexible and proactive attitude is essential, specifically a pleasant, helpful manner which is of utmost importance when dealing with staff, students and visitors including delivery drivers.
  • Demonstrably excellent communication skills.
  • Experienced or willing and capable to train as a banks man, to safely use overhead cranes and the lifting and slinging of goods.
  • Willingness to be trained and act as a fire warden for emergency evacuation of the building.
  • Fork lift truck licence desirable (or willing to train for this, in possession of full Driving Licence).

Informal enquiries to Mark Carter, telephone 0121 414 5094