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Senior Technician - CNC Machines

Engineering and the Built Environment

Location:  City Centre Campus (Millennium Point)
Salary:  £29,221 to £31,761 per annum
Closing Date:  Sunday 01 December 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  112019-497

Located in a modern £300M campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Engineering and the Built Environment is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in student growth and in sustained advancement of research activities, the school has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments.  The schools laboratories and workshop have recently received a £7M investment including the refurbishment of the workshop and the addition of 6 new CNC machine tools.

The school is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and organised senior workshop technician with a background in manufacturing engineering to join the multidisciplinary technical team.  The primary responsibility of the role is to manage the day to day running of the workshop with guidance and support from the technical manager.  The role requires specialist expertise in the operation, setting and programming of CNC millers, lathes, and multi-axis machining centres, as well as the knowledge of manual machining techniques.  The post holder will aid in the delivery of a busy timetable of taught practical sessions, and be responsible for advising on the manufacture of components for students and researchers working on projects.  It is a hands on and student facing role requiring excellent communication skills and a creative and flexible approach to training people from a wide range of backgrounds, creating an inspiring learning environment.  The successful applicant should also be responsible for ensuring a health and safety orientated culture.

Main Duties

  • To provide specialist support to learning and teaching activities, primarily in the workshop, and in other labs as needed.
  • Provide technical advice, guidance and assistance to students, academic colleagues, and external clients in manufacturing engineering.
  • Demonstrate the use of both CNC and manual specialist workshop machines.
  • Manage a timetable of safe access to the workshop facilities for students working on projects outside of taught sessions. 
  • Setting up equipment and materials in preparation for classes.
  • Undertake routine maintenance and repair of complex equipment, ensuring a schedule of planned preventative maintenance, and where necessary, make arrangements for external service.
  • Manage day to day relationships with suppliers and service contractors.
  • Ensure that working spaces and equipment are properly maintained and kept in good order to ensure an appropriate academic and technical working environment.
  • Support academic staff with the purchase of equipment and materials for learning and teaching.
  • Maintain electronic and hard copy records relating to equipment and consumables (such as inventories, records of stock levels).
  • Preparation and maintenance of documentation to support training in safe working practice.
  • Ensure that standards of work are fully compliant with University health and safety policy and relevant regulations.

Skills and Experience

  • A degree in a relevant subject or able to demonstrate a combination of qualifications, skills and experience at an equivalent level.
  • Experience of, or a qualification related to teaching or training is desirable.
  • Significant practical experience and experience of delivery of technical support in a relevant occupation, either from industry or an educational environment.
  • IT skills including knowledge of specialist systems and software relevant to technical areas and familiarity with Microsoft Office.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Specialised knowledge of equipment, technology, processes and techniques
  • The ability to engage the interest of students and support their learning.
  • Ability to make the best use of technical resources and develop technical support services to meet emerging needs.
  • An understanding of relevant health and safety requirements
  • An organised approach to work with the ability work on own initiative
  • The ability to prioritise different tasks efficiently.
  • The ability to organise technical resources and facilities to effectively meet demands.

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.

We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.

Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.

To apply for this role, please complete the online application form and attach a copy of your CV. Candidates are advised to remove personal information, including names to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process. 

Further details:
Please note that this role is not capable of sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.
Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.
Birmingham City University holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and promotes the advancement of gender equality through Representation, Progression and Success for All. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


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