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Junior Test Operator

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Recruiter: Science and Technology Facilities Council
Listed on: 15th December 2020
Location: Didcot
Salary/Rate: £25,198 - £27,390
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is an entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

The UK has invested £99m in the National Satellite Test Facility, in construction at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell. This facility will provide a world class set of co-located families for the assembly, integration and testing of space payloads and satellites. The facility will have the capability to conduct Vibration, Acoustic, Thermal, Pyroshock, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and antennae testing for payloads up to 7 tonnes within clean room conditions. The NSTF is currently in the early construction phase, anticipated to finish construction in 2020, and moving into facility commissioning in 2020/21.

About the role

You will be operating testing in Thermal Vacuum Testing groups. Working under the direction and supervision of a principal test engineer or test operator, you will be working on a range of test activities conducted in our existing and future facilities. As the training develops, more autonomy will be given and less direct supervision will be required. During the test campaigns there will be the requirement for 24hr shift working, the current practice is a 12 hour shift pattern, for which additional payment will be made.

The duties and responsibilities are:

  • Engaging and following procedures and practices.
  • Engage with technical equipment, understanding the operation and maintenance required.
  • Preparing and conducting the tests, under the supervision of a test operator
  • Responsible for the safe operation of the equipment
  • Train in and follow the operational procedures relevant to the equipment

About you

You will be able to demonstrate technical competence in a related field and the ability to quickly understand technical systems. The ability to understand and learn to operate complex technical equipment and to listen to and follow technical instructions is essential for this role. You will also be an excellent communicator both written and verbal with a strong customer focus within the bounds of the contracted service. You will be dedicated, self-motivated with a responsible approach to health and safety management and be able to multi-task and prioritise against a heavy workload.

What we offer

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days' annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2021