Mechanical Technician

Culham, Oxford
£32,993 - £37,069
07 Aug 2018
06 Sep 2018
Power, Renewables
Job Type

Mechanical Technician

Job Ref: 2798

Job type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £32,993 - £37,069 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 6th September 2018


Are you an experienced Mechanical Technician with experience of vacuum systems and the ability to understand and interpret RGA data?

Do you have a background in Mechanical Engineering with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?

Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience in conditioning large vacuum vessels?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Mechanical Technician to work within a small team of engineers and technicians under the supervision of the Vacuum Operational Systems Section Leader. You will be a trained Vacuum Systems Technician responsible for the safe operation of the JET and MAST-U vacuum systems during operational periods, and maintenance and upgrades during shutdown periods.

The main responsibilities of the role will include:

-The project management, design, installation and commissioning of new or replacement vacuum systems and equipment.
-The maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting and improvement of the existing vacuum systems and associated infrastructure of the JET and MAST-U fusion machines.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack by clicking the apply button.

Knowledge skills and experience


-HNC in Mechanical Engineering.
-Extensive experience of vacuum systems.
-Extensive experience of helium trace gas leak detection.
-The ability to understand and interpret RGA data.
-Demonstrable high level fault finding and rectification ability.


-Demonstrable expertise in vessel conditioning of large vacuum vessels.
-Experience of working in environments subject to radiological control. 

Special requirements:

-A significant proportion of the vacuum systems plant is located in operational areas that cannot be accessed during machine operation, therefore fault-finding and remedial work must be planned at short notice and often outside working hours.
-Liaison with external suppliers and contractors.
-Willingness to participate in on-call duties to support operations.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

-Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
-Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.
-The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.