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CEMS-247-23 - Technician (Mechanical Engineering)

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Technician (Mechanical Engineering) Technical Services Location: Canterbury

Salary: £24,285 to £27,131 per annum Grade: Grade 5 Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Permanent Release Date: Monday 20 November 2023 Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 03 December 2023 (unless otherwise stated) Reference: CEMS-247-23

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences in the role of Technician (Mechanical Engineering) and to be part of the technical services team, delivering outstanding student experience and research excellence.

The role of Technician (Mechanical Engineering) is essential to the successful day-to-day operation of the teaching and research activities taking place within the division. Working as part of a technical support team, you will provide a comprehensive, immediate and specialised support service to staff and students within the Division. You will be specifically working with and setting up and preparing resources for engineering or scientific equipment including gear analysis, beam analysis, robots and cobots, 3d printers and laser cutters, tensile test and fatigue test equipment.

You will use your knowledge, skills and experience to solve problems independently, ensuring the effective day to day operation of facilities and resources - providing excellent customer service at all times. You will be working under supervision within a busy technical support team responding to wide range of enquiries so planning and prioritising work will be essential in this role.

This role includes the option for development into a degree level apprenticeship in the field of Robotics and AI. The role will commence immediately with the degree component beginning in September 2024 with a duration of 48 months. Robotics and AI is of strategic importance to the division and as such this role will develop into supporting our 3 robotic labs over time.

As a Technician you will:

  • Under supervision, perform work in accordance with the aims and objectives of a given scenario, raising any issues with senior staff. Deal with both routine and less straightforward queries
  • Assist with purchasing including ordering and distributing goods. Undertake a range of tasks to ensure adequate loan and return of resources
  • Provide local inductions, training and demonstrations of techniques and equipment skills and best practice in the work area
  • Operate basic equipment, carrying out straightforward maintenance. Provide assistance to senior staff support more complex equipment.
  • To be successful in the role you will have/be:

  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise confidently with students and staff at all levels
  • Attention to detail and ability to work accurately
  • Organised with the ability to prioritise a wide range of workload with competing priorities
  • Knowledge of basic safety regulations and procedures.
  • Formal training in mechanical engineering via vocational routes such as BTEC National Diploma, HNC/HND, advanced modern apprenticeship or NVQ.
  • Demonstrable experience in technical support in a mechanical engineering discipline, for example maintenance, machinist, production or automation.
  • If you require further information regarding the application process please contact [email protected] quoting ref number: CEMS-247-23

    We particularly welcome applications from female and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area

    The Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences is a welcoming and diverse environment that has been recognised by Athena SWAN awards. Our staff and students come from all over the world, and we are proud of our friendly and inclusive culture. We support our colleagues through a number of family-friendly policies.

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    Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward.

    Applications must be made via the University's online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

    The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels.


    Job details


    CEMS-247-23 - Technician (Mechanical Engineering)


    University of Kent


    United Kingdom


    November 21, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 03, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    The University of Kent (formerly referred to as the University of Kent at Canterbury) is a well-known semi-collegiate public research university which is based in Kent in the United Kingdom. It was established in the year 1965 and is recognized as a Beloff's plate glass university. In 1960, sponsors of University of Kent sent University Grants Committee a proposal for creating a University in Canterbury. On the acceptance of the proposal, an Interim Committee was set up in 1962 and the university was named. It was in the year 1965 that the university was granted its Royal Charter. The institution started operating this year with just 500 students and 150 staff members. Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent, was appointed as the university's first chancellor. Currently, the university has six colleges and its academic structure comprises of 3 academic centres and 18 academic schools. The university has won two Queen's Anniversary Prizes in eleven years for Higher and Further Education.

    The university has three campuses in Kent. Located in Parkland, the Canterbury Campus is the main campus that includes six colleges, the Gulbenkian arts centre, the Templeman Library and the Mandela Building. The campus is spread across 300 acres and is well-linked to the city centre as well as London. It offers excellent academic, residential and dining facilities. The Tonbridge campus was established in 1982 as the School of continuing education. Currently, it collaborates with the Kent Innovation and Enterprise and Kent Business School. The Medway Campus is situated near the towns of Chatham and Rochester on the site of a former naval base. The campus is divided into two sites, the Dockyard Chatham and Pembroke. Pembroke houses Drill Hall Library, centres for professional practice and journalism, the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the Student Hub social space and the Medway branches of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and the School of Computing. The Dockyard is home to Centre for Music and Audio Technology and the Medway branch of Kent Business School. The university also has centres in other parts of Europe including Athens, Paris, Brussels and Rome.

    The university provides numerous postgraduate and undergraduate a degree programmes in various fields such as architecture, environment, arts, media, English, philosophy, social sciences, history, music, science, pharmacy, finance, sports, medicine, law, journalism, psychology, anthropology and economics. The university has over 20,100 students and more than 2,000 faculty members. 16% of the student population consists of international students. The university has a faculty-student ratio of 1:12. More than 6,700 students and 132 companies were engaged with the nationally-recognized Employability Points scheme of the university in 2015-16. Kent has collaborations with 388 institutions across the world.

    The university has 160,000 alumni over 180 countries including many notable personalities. Gavin William James Esler is a popular journalist, author and television presenter. Kazuo Ishiguro is a novelist, short-story writer and screenwriter. Tom Wilkinson is an actor best known for his roles in 'Michael Clayton' and 'In the Bedroom'. Alan Davies is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer famous for his role in Jonathan Creek, the mystery drama series by BBC. David Mitchell is a novelist whose works Cloud Atlas and number9dream were nominated for the Booker Prize. Paul Telfer is an actor renowned for his role of Xander Kiriakis in the Days of Our Lives. Many other successful people are associated with the university

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