Senior Technician (Mechanical)

Cardiff, Wales
22,017 - 26,243
Aug 14, 2019
Sep 13, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type

Senior Mechanical Technician
Cardiff School of Engineering

Working as a member of the mechanical and manufacturing technician's pool, you will carry out precision machining on a range of equipment including manual and Computer Numerical Control machines, and be responsible for tool making and the manufacture of parts and equipment in support of the School's research and teaching activities. In addition the role will involve the support of teaching and other student activities within the mechanical and manufacturing engineering workshops as well as providing comprehensive technical support to the School.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week and open ended.

Salary: £22,017 - £26,243 per annum (Grade 4)

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Andrew Rankmore, Technical Supervisor at
For informal enquiries about working for the University please contact Gaynor James at
Date advert posted: Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Closing date: Friday, 30 August 2019
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

Job Description:
Key Duties
  • Following established guidelines train technical staff and students in technical procedures and in the use of equipment.
  • To carry out precision machining on a range of equipment which includes manual and Computer Numerical Control Machines, tool making and the manufacture of precision parts on a varied large range of equipment in support of the School's research and teaching activities.
  • Understand the customer's needs and adapt the service provided to best meet them.
  • To support the teaching of machining processes within the mechanical and manufacturing workshops, tailoring the learning material to the needs of the learner.
  • To provide additional resource as required for the advanced Manufacturing Engineering Commercial Services Operation in the areas of:
  1. Selective Laser Sintering /stereo lithography Apparatus parts manufacture and finishing.
  2. General Machining.
  • To undertake a review of technical processes and procedures and advise the Line Manager on options for improvement in the service.
  • To support the line manager in the implementation of new procedures and systems.
  • To carry out mechanical handling work.
  • To assist academic, students and research staff with tooling and machining issues within research programmes.
  • To operate, maintain, service, adjust, test and repair complex equipment and apparatus and to ensure the proper functioning of the equipment, tools and the workshop area.
  • Participate in the development, modification and construction of special equipment and apparatus.
  • To create and maintain lists of material stocks and consumables (if and when required) and to take responsibility for stock levels, security, maintenance and cleanliness of materials, apparatus and equipment within work area.
  • Set up experimental systems and research apparatus, assisting students and staff in the use and construction of equipment and apparatus and with tests and experiments.
General Duties 
  • Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties.
  • Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
  • Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Additional Information:
IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable criteria.
As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance, 8408BR.  

Person Specification:
Essential criteria

Qualifications and Education

1.     A relevant City and Guilds, NVQ level 4 or BTEC certificate and time served in mechanical engineering or equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2.     Expert in precision machining and measurement. Including the use of manual (Milling and Turning).
3.     Specialist knowledge and experience of maintain, servicing and using appropriate equipment and apparatus
4.     Ability to set up and review standard technical processes and procedures and recommend improvements to the service provision as appropriate and capable of working to tight tolerances from Technical drawings.
5.     A good range of practical skills that can be applied generally within the mechanical and manufacturing workshops.

Customer Service, Communication and Team Working

6.     Ability to communicate specialist and complex information effectively and professionally to a range   of customers with varying levels of understating
7.     Ability to train students, researchers or apprentices in workshop procedures and in the use of equipment and instruments.
8.     Evidence of ability to explore customers' needs and adapt the service accordingly to ensure a quality service is delivered. To time manage and meet project deadlines.

Planning, Analysis and Problem Solving

9.     Evidence of ability to solve problems using initiative and creativity; identify and propose practical solutions and to resolve problems where there are a range of potential options available.
10.     Proven ability to work on own initiative, planning, organising and setting priorities for own work appropriately and to plan and manage small projects.

Desirable Criteria

1.     Precision machining or tool making Background with manual and CNC equipment or willing to learn.
2.     Experience of training apprentices or students.
3.     Evidence of ability to work as an active and effective team member, and to act as point of contact.