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Diagnostic Technician

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Reading, Berkshire
£35720 - £50000 per annum + negotiable
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Nuclear, Other
Defence, Nuclear Industry
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AWE are looking for a Diagnostic Technician to join our Engineering operations team. The role will see you responsible for setting up, testing, and fielding a range of scientific equipment on hydrodynamic trials & capturing high quality data. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in building and testing new diagnostic equipment, working alongside our incredibly knowledgeable Scientists and Engineers. This role will open different career development opportunities and at AWE we thrive in developing our staff in these roles.

Location: Reading

Package: £35,720 - £50,000 per annum

Closing Date: 03rd June 2024

The Role?

· Operating various data acquisition systems on hydrodynamic trials, such as high channel count digitiser systems, optical velocimetry systems and streak & framing imaging systems.

· Building and testing different probe assemblies and cables to customer specification

· Performing maintenance on existing equipment for upcoming trials

· Testing and operating high voltage initiation & lighting systems

· Fault Finding equipment which may break during routine maintenance or trial exposure

· Researching, designing, building and testing new recording systems for future trials

· Working with the Electronic Lab team to help use and maintain high voltage and high-speed imaging systems.

· Supporting teams, onsite and offsite, at various trials

· Undertaking work in compliance with company processes, standards, and procedures

· Maintaining high levels of housekeeping within the Lab environment

· May be required to carry out additional safety related roles

What will you need to be considered for this role?

Ideally you will have experience in using data capture hardware and electronics test equipment and be able to show aptitude in fault-finding and problem solving. A sound approach to electrical & laser safety is essential. Knowledge of fibre optics, lasers & working with high voltages would be beneficial, although full training will be provided. In addition, the successful candidate should have the following:

· Attention to detail

· A willingness to learn

· Strong communication skills (written and oral)

· Strong organisational and problem-solving skills

· Good working knowledge of MS programmes

What will you get from us?

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year, including Bank Holidays, plus every other Friday off)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.



We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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