Senior Technician, Digital Construction

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
16 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

Closing date 29 Sep 2019 23:00 (UK time)
Salary £32,817–£40,322 (Grade 7)
Location Edinburgh
Department School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Category Technical
Status Part Time

About Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

About our Team

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is one of the UK’s leading institutions for multidisciplinary research and teaching in areas critical to economic development and societal equity. We aim to attain excellence in the teaching of the core disciplines that contribute to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact research and knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges.

The School enjoys facilities consistent with its location in modern, purpose-built accommodation on the Edinburgh campus. The School is well equipped in respect of laboratories for materials, structures, engineering, building services and hydraulics research and teaching. Our research and teaching facilities in Dubai and Malaysia are contained within purpose-built campuses in Dubai Academic City and Putrajaya, respectively.


The School’s undergraduate teaching on our Edinburgh campus covers civil and structural engineering, architectural engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying, geography, urban studies, interior design and the biology suite. On our Dubai campus we teach civil & structural engineering, architectural engineering, architecture, construction management, quantity surveying and interior design. On our Malaysia campus we teach civil engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying and petroleum engineering. We offer a high quality educational experience underpinned by practical and laboratory teaching, and informed by contact with professional practice. Most of our degree programmes hold the appropriate accreditation from the relevant professional body. This educational philosophy ensures excellent employment prospects for all of our graduates. Programmes of postgraduate study are aligned to the expertise contained in each of our research institutes. Our postgraduate students therefore benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge in their chosen study area. You can find further information about the School’s postgraduate programmes at https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/po...


The School is one of the leading research centres in the UK. It has sustained a high reputation for the international standing of its research over two decades.

Research within the School is organised into six Institutes: http://www.sbe.hw.ac.uk/research.htm

  • Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES)
  • The Urban Institute (TUI)
  • Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering (IGE)
  • Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)
  • Institute of Sustainable Building Design (ISBD)
  • Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE)

Detailed Description

Based on the Edinburgh campus the post holder will be responsible for delivering BIM/Revit tutorials and wider digital construction technology support for the School's programmes in Construction Management, Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering. The post holder sits within the Information Services team, one of 8 professional services teams within the School, and is managed by the Information Services Manager. The Information Services team in the School covers IT, Web and Student Resources. The professional services teams within the School are committed to pursuing excellence and within this context aim to provide a supportive and professional environment in which excellent research, education and knowledge exchange can flourish.

The post-holder will be required to liaise closely with members of academic staff and to have a strong focus on delivering high quality support to the student population.

This post has potential to support a wider investment in digital construction across the built environment portfolio at Heriot-Watt University. The successful candidate will work with others to build our cutting-edge teaching in digital construction technologies, including 5D simulation modelling, digital twin strategies, AR and VR capabilities. This role is linked to our Centre for Excellence in Digital Construction in Dubai, and the entrepreneurial GRID hub building in Edinburgh. For the right candidate, the school is willing to provide additional training in these or similar areas.

Key duties and responsibilities

The role is a part-time (0.5 FTE) Digital Construction Technician position, providing BIM/CAD technology and software support across the School's teaching programmes. The successful candidate should have a construction industry or related background. They should be willing to develop as a CAD/BIM teacher so that they can use their skills and experience to deliver a high quality learning experience to the School's students.

This role is semester-time only (September to December and January to May) and a range of working patterns can be considered. The role could be worked on a part-time or full-time basis during semesters or could be split into two positions (e.g. each supporting 2.5 days per week or similar) during the same period. Working patterns will be discussed with shortlisted candidates at interview.

The key duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Organise and deliver BIM/Revit/AutoCAD tutorials and support to students
  2. Design and develop tutorials in BIM and other emerging software applications for construction students, to ensure they support the learning and teaching portfolio
  3. Develop and update online support resources such as video tutorials for off-campus students

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve. We will measure applicants based on the essential criteria, not by the key duties.

Education, qualifications and experience

Essential Criteria

  • In depth knowledge of BIM/CAD technology, techniques and software, typically as used within the construction industry today, for example AutoCAD and Revit.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills to interact positively with the postgraduate and undergraduate level students for learning and teaching purposes.
  • Ability to learn and recruit innovative technologies as they develop.
  • Willingness to develop as an effective CAD teacher. This will require identifying and attending training as necessary.
  • Ability to provide IT support to large group of users with different backgrounds and levels of IT knowledge and experience.
  • Hands-on installation, configuration and updating and fault diagnosis for BIM software packages.
  • Ability to write user manuals, tutorials, etc. for BIM packages.
  • Experience of providing one to one IT training, and supporting group training/teaching

Desirable Criteria

  • Some experience with software applications to meet BIM level 2 requirements of the modern UK construction industry.
  • Existing teaching experience preferably with adult learners.
  • A teaching qualification would be beneficial.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on Sunday 29th September 2019.

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of non-European nationals. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.