Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC241039
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £25393 - £27294
Date Posted 02 May 2017
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 June 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £25,393 - £27,294 
Grade:  C
Hours: Full Time and Part Time hours will be considered
Contract: Open Ended
Closing Date: 11th June 2017
Interview Date: TBC


At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) you belong to a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives. We give you the flexibility, the freedom and the world-class facilities to focus on what you do best, and play your part in achievements that will give you lifelong pride.

We now have opportunities for Mechanical Engineering Technicians to work within the Technology Department’s Technical Systems Group, which operates a manufacturing, support and inspection service to all departments on the RAL site.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

You will be based in the well-equipped Group Manufacturing Facility and will be required to work on the manufacture, development, and integration of precision components and equipment to high standards of accuracy and cleanliness, this will include the use of a wide variety of both conventional and CNC machine tools as well as hand tools and the training of apprentices and less experienced staff in appropriate machining and manufacturing techniques.

Contacts and Communication

You will be expected to communicate effectively with engineers and scientists from all parts of the organisation.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You must have served a recognised apprenticeship and should preferably have some subsequent experience, the nature of the work will require good motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and a calm, reliable attitude to the work. The ability to work as a member of a team is of paramount importance.

Knowledge of CNC machine tools and programming would be an advantage, you should be familiar with the health and safety issues associated with a mechanical engineering environment and you will be expected to work largely on your own initiative from directions ranging from the minimum of verbal instructions to highly complicated detail drawings.

As such, the ability to work with the minimum of supervision and a high sense of responsibility would be essential.

Any other Relevant Information

Involvement in 'Project' work may include travel to other institutions both inside and outside the UK with extended work periods of up to two weeks at a time.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship  
  • City and Guilds Mechanical Engineering.


  • experience of using CAD/CAM software such as ALPHACAM.

Interview Criteria


  • thorough knowledge and understanding of all key workshop practices
  • knowledge and understanding of drawing office practice and geometric tolerancing
  • an understanding of Health and Safety requirements relevant to the post including COSHH regulations.


  • understanding of CNC machining operations and programing.

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • good oral communication skills.

Special Requirements


  • availability to work outside conditioned hours when the need arises
  • availability and willingness to work away from home institution for durations of up to two weeks.


  • physically fit enough to climb ladders and access equipment below ground when required.
In return for your talents, we offer a competitive benefits package including 30 days annual leave, an excellent index linked pension scheme and learning and development opportunities.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 11th June 2017 however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.