Senior/Electronics Technician (RAL Space)


Direct Entry Job Permanent Didcot, UK

Uploaded 23 Oct 2019

Job Description

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology. 

As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 210 space missions and operate at the forefront of UK Space Research.

We have two opportunities for Senior/Electronics Technicians to join our Production & Software Group within our Imaging Systems Division. We build electronic systems for spaceflight and hence many of our projects are unique, offering a fantastic opportunity for the Electronics Technicians to plan, input into and organise the manufacture rather than exclusively working from drawings.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Electronic assembly: Soldering conventional and surface mount components by hand onto PCBs to IPC and ESA Standards.
  • Electrical assembly: Making up cables or harnesses, this could include either solder, crimp or screw terminal connections in a variety of test fixtures, instruments or robotic rovers.
  • Electrical/Electronics repair and modification.
  • Electro Mechanical: Creating test harness or jigs to aid the design and development of Space related systems.
  • Documentation:  Creating detailed drawings of wiring or cable routing on prototype assemblies, so that the job in question can always be repeated.
  • Assembling kits of components for Production.

Person Specification

With previous experience in the aerospace/high reliability industry you may join us as a Band C Electronics Technician or a Band D Senior Electronics Technician depending on your level of experience and your ESA certification level. We fully support all of our Technicians to achieve Operator or Operator/Inspector level certification offering you an excellent opportunity to hone and develop your skills.

You will also be experienced in using production management software, as well as being comfortable using Microsoft Outlook. You will show good knowledge of electrical and electromechanical components with the ability to solve technical problems and enthusiasm to continue your development.

For the Senior post, we are looking to find a technician certified to ESA category 3 (operator) or category 4 (operator/inspector) who has previous experience of or the ability to train and supervise junior staff as well as knowledge of Mil-Spec/Space Qualified Components, knowledge of a non-conformance system and knowledge of electronic components.

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

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