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Assistant Engineering Technician (Micro-Preparation)

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield is seeking to appoint an Assistant Engineering Technician in the Materials Sample Preparation Laboratory. This laboratory supports many of research groups and undergraduate teaching facilities within the Department Reporting to a Technical Engineering Team Leader you will provide high quality technical support in the field of metallographic sample preparation and light microscopy. You will have an interest in, or experience of using techniques such as polishing, cutting, grinding, etching and sample mounting. Whilst experience in this area would be of a distinct advantage additional training will be provided.

In addition, you will administer the booking system for the laboratory, assist in promotion and implementation of Health and Safety procedure and provide cover for colleagues in other areas of the Department as required. Educated to a minimum BTEC or equivalent in an appropriate Engineering or Science related subject you will contribute to development of this Departmental facility. We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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Main Duties and Responsibilities

● Provide technical support on a range of issues across the Micro-Preparation Laboratory. This includes liaising with customers regarding potential work and carrying out the experimental procedures. Report technical issues to senior staff as appropriate.
● Use, monitor and maintain a variety of general and specialist technical equipment (grinding and polishing wheels, optical microscopes, mounting presses, cutting equipment, electro and chemical etching equipment and all associated consumables ) to meet the needs of the Department with regard to research, teaching and experimental work.
● Plan, design and manufacture components to high standards and engineering tolerances for both teaching and research projects.
● Carry out carry out experimental testing including the recording, interpretation and dissemination of data to customers, ensuring all appropriate services are recharged to service users.
● Support the Engineering Team Leader in the daily running of the facility to ensure a continued safe and efficient working environment.
● Prioritise own work within a general plan or schedule to meet deadlines and appropriate standards and assist supervisors and other senior staff in the planning for future
● Provide technical support to staff and student projects, including advice, training and the set-up, modification and use of laboratory equipment.
● Provide a high standard of customer service to staff, students and visitors. Make suggestions for improving service and refer customers to senior colleagues where appropriate.


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