Mechanical AIT Technician

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, England, Didcot
Up to £31931.0 per annum
Closing date
6 Aug 2021

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Mechanical AIT Technician
Salary: £31,931 per annum
Hours: Full time/Part time (minimum considered 20 hours per week)
Contract: Permanent
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

Ever imagined having something you have built operating in space or on the surface of another planet?

About us

RAL Space is an integral part of STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). RAL Space carries out world-class space research and technology development with involvement in over 210 space missions over its 50+ year history. ​ ​

Working in the RAL Space Production Group as a mechanical instrument Technician, you will become a key member of a small team, involved in the build and test of a variety of complex space and ground based instruments. You will also get to work with other world class space organisations from all around the world all working together to better understand the origins of the universe and improve our understanding of our own planet.


The instrument technician will learn the specific skills required for the assembly and test of both specialised mechanisms and hardware as well as the more general assembly skills. The role is an interesting and varied role, changing on a daily basis to meet the needs of projects across STFC as well as has the potential for you to develop.

The role may include, but is not limited to:

  • Precision assembly of space flight equipment and mechanical assemblies to written procedures
  • Preparation and identification of parts and assemblies using CAD drawings and procedures
  • Providing advice to both mechanical designers and section staff in the techniques to be used in the assembly of equipment
  • Assembly of jigs and fixtures as required to support the operations of the group
  • Laser marking and parts control of flight hardware
  • Carry out precision cleaning activities on flight hardware
  • Carry out inspections and generation of reports
  • Work within the RAL Space ISO9001 system

The role may require occasional national and international travel when travel is permitted and will require the ability to work in a cleanroom environment. Shift work/overtime may be required at certain times.

About you:

  • Apprenticeship, ONC, or equivalent in Engineering or related subject
  • Experience building or handling flight quality aerospace hardware
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings
  • Ability to follow and implement detailed assembly procedures
  • Ability to recognise and record non-conformances
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail


UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and provides a rewards and benefit package including a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, plus 10.5 public and privilege days and a number of other benefits.

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide a CV and Cover Letter providing evidence of how they meet each of the essential criteria.

The Closing date 31stth July 2021


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest 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 engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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