Mechanical Laboratory Technician

  • Job Reference: R14793
  • Date Posted: 1 June 2022
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £26,500 to £37,000
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Mechanisms Laboratory Technician

The Mechanisms team within AWE are looking for innovative, creative, and highly motivated Mechanical Laboratory Technicians. The successful applicant will join the team responsible for the design, manufacture, assembly and testing of robust miniature weapon safety and environmental sensing Mechanisms. The role will support current and future programs of work at AWE. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in some exciting work here at AWE!

Location - Reading area

Package - £26,500 - £37,000 (subject to skills and experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement 270 hours a year (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

The successful candidate will be driven and passionate about pushing the boundaries of Mechanical design and product realisation, through the application of numerous forefront engineering technologies.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Performing assembly work, testing, validating and approving the Mechanisms component builds within the teams inhouse laboratory facilities

  • Using various types of Laboratory equipment and plant to support the teams deliverables

  • Training and mentorship of others in the use of Laboratory equipment

  • Running and maintaining of the teams Additive Manufacturing equipment

  • Providing technical input and contributions during design team meetings

  • Ensuring laboratory equipment is readily available for use, equipment utilisation and deconfliction

  • Organising and/or supporting plant and equipment maintenance schedules

To be considered for the role, candidates must have the following:

  • Either an ONC, HNC or HND within an Engineering field

  • Experience in Engineering manufacturing techniques including Additive Manufacturing

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work independently but also within a team and willingness to support colleagues to achieve the teams goals

Whilst not considered a checklist, candidates would also benefit from having the following experience:

  • Working within a Laboratory environment is desired but not essential

  • Materials, such as stainless steels, ferrites, ceramics and noble metals

  • Joining techniques, such as welding, bonding, crimping

  • Design of tooling, jigs and fixtures

  • Product testing and validation

This role will require the wearing of PPE. Candidates must be willing to work in designated areas.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. The successful candidates must be willing to travel within the UK and overseas as required, which may entail short stays away from home.