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Electrical Technician

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£29,799 to £31,661 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
13 Apr 2023

Job Details

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values (Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative) that capture the spirit of how we work.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We have a great opportunity for an Electrical Technician to join Remote Applications in Challenging Environments(RACE). RACE is a business unit, based at Culham, within the UK Atomic Energy Authority, specialising in robotics for hazardous environments.

The role of the Electrical Technician is to undertake the wiring, maintenance, modification, commissioning, and operation of electromechanical RACE robotic, remote handling and associated equipment.

You will be involved in a wide range of applications, particularly in the fields of remote handling and robotics. As an Electrical Technician you will have proven ability to deliver electrical wiring and build tasks as well as ability to produce high quality work to deadlines with flexible working attitude to work as individual and as part of a team. If you are able to coach less experienced staff and you have understanding of Health and Safety and compliance to relevant standards, then we would like to hear from you.

What will you be responsible for?

- Carrying out the build and installation of Electrical systems working on RACE projects involving the research and development of new equipment and tasks and be able to recognise potential issues and use effective communication and interpersonal skills with project team members where an issue has been identified.
- Undertaking the wiring, testing, maintenance and commissioning of circuits and equipment for both RACE and the JET remote handling systems.
- Undertaking the prompt fault finding and repair of Remote handling electrical systems.
- Developing and writing procedures for the set-up, maintenance and testing of equipment.
- Assisting in the reverse engineering of existing systems and equipment and pass information to engineers or Drawing office staff as required.     
- Recording maintenance activities using the operational documentation system (ODS) after training in its use.
- Mentoring an apprentice working within the workshop.

Please note that you may be required to support activities outside normal working hours and you may be required to work in Beryllium and Radiation controlled areas wearing Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) up to and including an airline feed pressurised suit. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Ability to understand and work from drawings and schematics
- Comprehensive knowledge of crimping and soldering techniques
- Experience in electrical wiring and panel build
- Recognised electrical engineering apprenticeship (or equivalent) with relevant qualification in engineering

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- Knowledge and experience of assembly of high-density connectors
- Experienced in fault finding techniques in electrical systems and devices
- Experience in highly regulated industry
- Qualified to the current BS7671 Wiring Regulations

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 13/03/2023. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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 or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  the UK Government website. If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.



Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the place to be and we can offer a range of career opportunities. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. 


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