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Senior Engineering Technician (Teaching)

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom


The Faculty of Engineering at The University of Sheffield is one of the biggest and best in the United Kingdom, and is renowned for its excellence in teaching and world class research.

The Diamond is the latest teaching facility in the centre of the city campus. It is home to a team of professional teaching staff and technicians who deliver learning experiences across a wide range of engineering subjects. Our engineering teaching laboratories contain over £10m of industry standard equipment, giving our students unprecedented access to real-life practical and professional engineering skills. This new resource is one of the best equipped teaching facilities in the UK.

We are expanding our activities in the Machine Shop, Workshop and Project Space areas which house a range of advanced manufacturing and equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters, as well as standard workshop equipment such as lathes, and milling machines. These flexible areas aim to give our students the best possible practical learning experience. We are looking for someone to join a highly skilled team in assisting with practical classes and the development and delivery of teaching sessions. You will assist the Team Leader in supporting and mentoring junior team members and work with them to develop rota’s and timetables for teaching.

You will also be responsible for all aspects of ensuring that the laboratory operations run smoothly, from equipment maintenance, housekeeping and purchasing, to record keeping and health and safety activities We offer exceptional opportunities to develop your professional skills and knowledge, and a supportive environment in which to explore, develop and deliver world-class learning and teaching. Our teaching is based on practical activities, and even if you don’t consider yourself a professional teacher, if you have the right skills, knowledge and experience, coupled with a desire to develop the next generation of engineers, you could be the perfect fit for our team.

You should have a Degree, HND or relevant experience in an engineering subject, with extensive experience of working with machining equipment and be entirely familiar with running a workshop or similar technical facility. Experience of health and safety procedures in a workshop or production environment coupled with an up to date knowledge of the relevant regulation and legislation is also key. You should feel confident and comfortable communicating with large groups of people, and have the ability to work well alongside a team, promoting excellence in others through coaching and mentoring. The ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritising workload accordingly in order to meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail is also essential.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Ensure the ACME team and facilities are run effectively and efficiently, providing a high standard of customer service.

• Work with the ACME teaching team to plan, develop and deliver high-quality and engaging projects and associated teaching materials.

• Lead workshop sessions, advise and assist students in project classes, tutorials, small groups, and in one-to-one training sessions, ensuring a strong emphasis on Health and Safety is maintained.

• Maintain high standards of safety, cleanliness and order within the ACME laboratories, and organise the set-up, maintenance, servicing, calibration, PAT testing and repair of teaching equipment.

• Carry out and document risk assessments on student and staff activities, and liaise with the Departmental Safety Officer to ensure compliance with legislation and University policy.

• Assess student practical work and provide feedback to students, where appropriate.

• Provide high quality administrative support, for example, specify and procure materials, equipment and services, and carry out the requisition and goods receipting of orders.

• Organise and deliver the training of Graduate Teaching Associates (GTA) and monitor their performance.

• Organise and deliver outreach activities, such as open days, in collaboration with faculty academic and administrative staff.

• Assist the team leader in developing capital and consumable budgets.

• Deputise for the team leader as required.

• Provide support for research activities across the faculty within own specialist subject area when required, and carry out specialist projects, e.g. manufacture components and design rigs, for applications within the Diamond and the Faculty of Engineering.


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