Mechanical Engineer – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 29/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Duration:
Open-Ended Appointment
Salary:
Starting from £30,357 per annum.
Benefits:
We offer generous benefits
Team:
Marine engineering team
Location:
Cambridge but with periods at sea or in polar regions.
Closing date:
3 March, 2019 11:59 pm

Description

Do you want the opportunity to work in a small dynamic team of engineers who design, develop and build unique equipment to support our science? We are looking for an enthusiastic person who will be responsible for the specification, design and procurement of new instrumentation. Ideally you have a proven background in developing ideas using solid modelling CAD software and an innovative approach to design and prototype engineering. Experience with Autodesk Inventor would be an advantage but training will be provided for the right candidate. The work is extremely varied, designing bespoke equipment for the use in the polar-regions on land, at sea and in the air. In your role you will be the point of contact for in-coming projects taking ideas from a conceptual phase through to the final product, including documentation and in some cases field trials and support.

You have to be able to work in a team with both internal staff and external collaborators as well as sub-contractors. You will have a flexible approach and be able to manage your own work load and work to tight deadlines when required.

You will be based mainly in Cambridge, but you will visit and work in the polar regions supporting a range of science programmes either on our new state of the art polar science vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough, on one of our Antarctic stations or possibly deep field.

If you are a person who likes to work in a challenging and varied environment and have a range of engineering skills and experience we would like to hear from you.

Purpose

The role of the Mechanical Engineer is to take the professional lead with regard to mechanical engineering within BAS.

Qualification

ONC / HNC in Mechanical engineering (or equivalent).

The job will be based in Cambridge but with periods at sea or in polar regions. It is essential that the individual appointed to the job is flexible, able to work under their own initiative and as part of a team. The person must be physically fit and able to travel and work in the Polar Regions.

To ensure that the job holder has the breadth of knowledge necessary for this role, it is expected that candidates will have a formal qualification and in mechanical engineering together with extensive practical experience of mechanical design and systems. Knowledge of computer aided design systems is essential to this role. BAS will provide training, both on and off job where necessary.

Duties

Technical duties:
- Specification, design and procurement of new instrumentation.
- Development of new systems and equipment to meet customer requirements.
- Initiation and monitoring of in-house projects to ensure design standards are achieved.
- Ensuring installations on BAS ships, aircraft and Antarctic Stations are completed to specification and on schedule. Supporting systems in the field including provision of all necessary spares and maintenance.
- To act as a point of contact for in-coming projects.
- Management of mechanical projects to ensure objectives are achieved and delivery schedules are met.
- Preparation of work plans to include project work, small job requests.
- Liaison with other members of the group, Staff and external collaborators.
- Ensuring external contractors meet specified objectives. Monitoring the use and selection of sub-contractors to ensure that quality and standards are achieved.
- Management of the preparation of documentation including manuals, reports, method statements and inter-departmental procedures. It is essential that the individual appointed to the job is able to undertake a wide range of tasks and duties.
- Other duties as appropriate and as required by the Head and the Director.

Management Responsibilities:
- To act as a point of contact for in-coming projects.
- Management of mechanical projects to ensure objectives are achieved and delivery schedules are met. Preparation of work plans to include project work, small job requests.
- Liaison with other members of the group, Staff and external collaborators.
- Ensuring external contractors meet specified objectives. Monitoring the use and selection of sub-contractors to ensure that quality and standards are achieved.
- Management of the preparation of documentation including manuals, reports, method statements and inter-departmental procedures. It is essential that the individual appointed to the job is able to undertake a wide range of tasks and duties.
- Other duties as appropriate and as required by the Head and the Director.


On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 29/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 3rd March 2019
Interview date: 14th march 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible.

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Able to communicate with a wide range of staff & suppliers. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • CAD experience. Preferably solid modelling. - Essential
  • Working knowledge of Autodesk Inventor. Training will be provided if required. - Desirable [2]
  • Must be able to use office packages. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Good analytical skills. Make sound judgement based on practical experience and knowledge. Must provide solutions and not problems. - Essential
  • Ability to work on their own or as part of a team. - Desirable [1]
  • Experience in the use of sub-contractors. - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • Able to work in teams, scientific customers, contractors and suppliers. - Essential
  • Ability to work on ships and in polar regions. - Essential
  • Experience of small team or remote region workings. - Desirable [1]

Managerial ability

  • Ability to manage their own work load – Must be self-motivated. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Must have good mathematical skills. - Essential

Qualifications

  • ONC / HNC in Mechanical engineering (or equivalent). - Essential
  • Experience / knowledge in the use of sub-contractors for manufacturing mechanical equipment. - Desirable [1]
  • Working knowledge of H&S systems in the work place. - Desirable [1]

Resource Management ability

  • Self-motivated and able to use resources effectively and efficiently. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Able to design and develop mechanical equipment and systems. Develop prototypes and special purpose devices for use in scientific experiments. - Essential
  • Good problem solving skills. - Desirable [1]
  • Able to provide innovative and practical solutions to design problems. - Desirable [1]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
CAMBRIDGE
CB3 0ET
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

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The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

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