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Senior Mechanical Fitter


Design Unit

Design Unit, Unit B1 & B2
Wincomblee Road
Newcastle upon Tyne



This is a permanent and full-time position (37 hours), available with an immediate start.


£29,605 to £30,487

Date Posted: 

28th February 2024


This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Senior Mechanical Fitter to join the Design Unit (DU) at Newcastle University. The DU is a specialist centre with expertise in Mechanical Power Transmission Systems, delivering innovative design, development and research consultancy services since 1970.  We operate in a collaborative and thriving hub based at Walker Riverside with close links to the School of Engineering in the city campus.

As a Senior Mechanical Fitter you will be guided by the Technical Supervisor in supporting colleagues with their research design and manufacturing projects. Your primary focus will be the assembly and operation of precision test equipment and testing machines which are designed, built, and operated by the DU.

You will have the opportunity to undertake training in Gear Geometry, Gear Metrology, Instrumentation and Gear Failure Analysis and apply this knowledge to the job role. You will on occasion work on-site at client premises (UK and abroad) carrying out machine assembly and commissioning activities.

Our work is varied, and each operation is unique, this means that your time on projects can range from a few hours to several months. If you are a skilled and organised individual with a passion for technical innovative design and development, this could be the career for you.

This is a permanent and full-time position (37 hours), available with an immediate start. Working week to be agreed at offer.

To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.

If you would like to find out more about the role, please contact Mr Dave Clipperton, Technical Team Leader via email: 

Role & Responsibilities:

•    Carry out general technician duties in support of Design Unit activities in the manufacture, assembly and operation of test machines

•    The development, construction and commissioning/calibration of experimental equipment and rigs as required by the Design Unit with special reference made to the use of CNC machine tools for gear manufacturing and measuring machines

•    Setting up of high-power gear test machines where safety and accuracy are of the utmost importance. Ensuring the satisfactory performance of all items prior to commencing experiments and tests for research, teaching and Industry engagement contracts. Generally assisting in running tests

•    Advise on technical specification of new machinery, equipment and processes

•    Assume responsibility to ensure that University, School and Design Unit guidelines on safety are adhered to. Review accident and incident information and prevent their re-occurrence with consideration for best practice

•    Assist with the training of technical and trainee technical staff in workshop procedures and the use of equipment as required

•    Give technical support to undergrad and postgrad as required

•    Maintaining consistent high levels of housekeeping, keeping the work area clear and safe of any hazards

Essential Skills:

HNC or other appropriate qualification, with industrial experience in a mechanical engineering environment

Preferred Skills

•    Co-operates with others to achieve targets
•    Strives to deliver high quality results and continuous improvement
•    Uses initiative to sort things out, is enterprising in effective use of material and resources
•    Looks at ways of overcoming obstacles rather than coming to a standstill
•    Works in a planned and structured way
•    Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
•    Ensures that activities are completed on time
•    Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
•    Willing to help others and share workloads

•    Contribute effectively to the on-going safe working system at DU

How to apply:

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