Senior Technician - Fuel Testing Facility (full-time, fixed term)

Job title Senior Technician - Fuel Testing Facility (full-time, fixed term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £26,243, rising to £32,236

Grade Grade 6

Placed on Wednesday 29 May 2019

Closing date Sunday 30 June 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference JB6775

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering requires a highly skilled, adaptable, self- motivated and enthusiastic Rig Operator / Skilled Machinist to provide technical support to the Advanced Fuel Test Facility within the Powertrains and Vehicle Research Centre’s laboratories and workshops. The project is in collaboration with a large, multinational, petroleum company and has been ongoing for the past 4.5 years. This role will provide an exciting opportunity to work closely and interact with our industrial partner and understand the nuances of working on a bespoke diesel rig built in Bath, used to conduct cutting edge fuel research and development.

The successful applicant should have experience in conventional machining disciplines together with fitting and assembly skills to offer technical support for the design, manufacture, assembly and installation of vehicle fuel system components and related equipment. Knowledge of welding, brazing, sheet metal and fabrication skills would be an advantage. The role will require day-to-day operation and maintenance of the fuel testing rigs, preparation and handling of test fuels such as blending of diesel and biodiesel fuels, mixing of additives, collecting samples, replacing filters, monitoring the progress, flushing the rig ready for the next experiment and draining the test fuel and disposing it of correctly, at the end of the experiment. Full training will be provided. 

The role will require good fabrication skills to allow for the repair, modification and design of new and existing equipment and rigs and the manufacture of new components. The emphasis of the post is on possessing practical mechanical skills along rig operation and maintenance. You would be joining a project team which consists of academics in the departments of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, as well as a post-doctorate researcher.

Applicants should have ideally served a recognised toolroom / mechanical engineering apprenticeship, possess a minimum of a City and Guilds qualification or equivalent and have substantial experience of working in an engineering machine shop or toolroom environment using conventional machine tools and associated equipment. In addition, applicants must exhibit a keenness in learning rig operation and working in an R&D environment. 

The post is offered on a full-time fixed term contract, initially to January 2021, with the likelihood of further extension.

For an informal chat about this role, please forward any enquiries to Julian Sulley, Director of Technical Services (

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