Mechanical Support Technician

The Science and Technology Facilities Council brings strategic leadership to UK investments in large national and international research facilities, together with delivering world class science and technology. The Council operates some of the world’s most advanced facilities, such as ISIS. ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

A vacancy exists for a mechanical support technician in the ISIS Ancillary Plant Section, which is part of the ISIS Accelerator Division, to provide support for much of the equipment associated with the smooth running of ISIS. The section is looking to recruit a practical mechanical technician who has served a fully recognised apprenticeship or is similarly qualified. The plant includes large evaporative and air blast cooler systems, water treatment plant, de-mineralised and de-oxygenated water production systems, chilled water systems, air conditioning units and compressed air systems. The ancillary plant runs 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities:

You will report to the Ancillary Plant Maintenance Manager within the Accelerator Engineering Group and will be expected to undertake the following duties:

  • to be responsible for a given area of work associated with the build, assembly, modification and installation of ancillary plant connected with the running of ISIS facility
  • to be responsible for the initiation of the repair and maintenance of a wide range of installed components/equipment throughout ISIS
  • to install pipe work of varying size and material, e.g. PVC, ABS, copper, steel and stainless steel
  • to produce machining work when required to tolerance, working to sketches, engineering drawings and verbal instructions as appropriate and to produce jigs and fittings as necessary
  • to be responsible for a given area of work, for the work of others including apprentices and contractors and be able to develop appropriate work plans
  • to be responsible for establishing and maintaining safe and efficient working arrangements for himself/herself and for all staff working under his/her control with particular reference to work in radiation area.

Contacts and Communication:

The successful candidate should have:

  • the ability to communicate effectively with all colleagues throughout ISIS Accelerator Division
  • good writing skills/record-keeping and PC literacy e.g. Windows/Office/CAD.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

The successful candidate would be expected to have experience in:

  • experience of ancillary plant systems on a large-scale facility
  • a sound understanding of mechanical engineering workshop practice
  • a recognized mechanical engineering apprenticeship
  • installing pipe work
  • refrigeration plant
  • the maintenance of complex ancillary plant systems
  • good interpersonal skills, well-motivated and able to motivate others
  • the ability to work to fixed schedules.

Any other Relevant Information:

The successful candidate would be expected to:

  • be willing to enter radiological designated areas
  • be willing to participate in out-of-hours overtime working where required.

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