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Mechanical Manufacturing

School of Engineering Edinburgh University


Mechanical Manufacturing

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Salary £18,068 per year Location EDINBURGH Hours of work Full-time (35 Hours) Training provider Edeta Closing date 14/08/2022 Qualification SCQF Level 6

Job overview

About the University of Edinburgh and summary of what the team does:
To maintain our reputation as one of the world's leading universities, the University of Edinburgh recruits the best people to a variety of support, professional and academic roles each year.

The University offers an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. It supports its employees, nurtures their talent, develops and rewards success and integrates professional and personal development, as well as giving employees' careers the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. University employees also benefit from a competitive reward package and wide range of staff benefits.

The school of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh has nearly 60 laboratories and workshops and is host to a number of small research facilities including, FloWave (, FASTBLADE ( and the Scottish Microelectronics Centre ( The Technical Services team provides support across all of those areas.

Description of work environment.
It is anticipated that the post-holder, while primarily based in the School's FloWave small research facility workshop, and will also spend periods of time working in other labs and workshops within the School(e.g., School's machining workshop; Composite Labs) and also potentially across the wider King's Buildings campus (e.g., Physics & Astronomy) in South Edinburgh.
Working in the School's mechanical workshops, the post-holder will be trained and work in support of a range of manufacturing tasks related to teaching, research, innovation and commercial projects in the School. This will involve familiarisation and training on equipment including: manual machines (lathes and mills); CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) machines; 3D printers; laser cutters; as well as associated software for computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM).

The MA will be working in a team of 35 technical staff, including 5 other MA's.

What might a day in the job look like?
Developing manual machining skill, fabrication and hand fitting skills.

Familiarisation with a range of additive and subtractive manufacturing processes.

Involvement in conceptual design work and manufacturing using CNC equipment (lathes, mills and routers) and 3D printers.

General lab upkeep and housekeeping.

Adherence to good Health & Safety practices.

Assistance with the collection and proper handling of waste and recyclables

Checking equipment and replenishing stock.

What will I learn?

Your apprentice programme will focus on the following;

• Year 1 - Completing Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) SVQ Level 2 (3 Days)
• Year 2 - National Certificate (2 Days)
• Year 2, 3 & 4 - Training in the workplace, working towards an SVQ level 3(Possible HNC Y 3 & 4) Also completion of a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (SCQF Level 6) .

You will attend Edinburgh College (Midlothian) and therefore will need to have your own transport or use of public transport when commuting to work or college when term starts.

• Work with time served colleagues on how to safely set and operate shop floor machinery

• Accurately measuring and working to the product specification tolerances

• Develop Machining and programming skills

• Ensure work areas kept tidy

• Any other tasks required by Production Team. Basic assembly and hand tool skills

• How to interpret engineering drawings

• Manual machining skills

• CNC programming and machining skills

• Latest CAD ( Computer Aided Design ) software

• Latest CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software

• Health and Safety legislation and practices pertaining to Workshops

• Willing to complete relevant SVQs

• Develop problem solving skills and ability to work independently

• Develop communication and customer service skills.

What qualification or qualities are required?

You’ll have a head start in this vacancy if you’ve completed a Foundation Apprenticeship in a related field. We’ll need you to provide evidence of your qualification and show you gained the relevant skills from your placement

You’ll have a head start in this vacancy if you’ve completed a Foundation Apprenticeship in a related field. We’ll need you to provide evidence of your qualification and show you gained the relevant skills from your placement.

Candidates should be enthusiastic team members with a natural interest and aptitude for mechanical engineering. Hold a minimum of 2 Higher Level at (C or above) in Mathematics and Physics/ English/ Science or an NC in Engineering or equivalent.

Educational attainment and a strong interest in relevant subjects (STEM subjects, particularly Physics and Mathematics). Someone willing to learn and commit to a career in Engineering. Willing to participate in a MA Programme and the associated self-study required. Possess good manual dexterity. Hold an interest in and/or hobbies relating to engineering. The ability to work as part of a team and communicate with others.

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