Senior Mechanical Workshop Technician

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587
13 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Support Staff

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 09 November 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1546921WF

A key member of our diverse and inclusive technical team of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton, you will be working at the forefront of fundamental Physics research and teaching at one of the UK’s top Universities.

As a member of the workshop team, you’ll be responsible for the design, manufacture and commissioning of bespoke experimental equipment and subsequent development.  Your work will be used within our research and teaching laboratories and wider University community, developed through consultation with academic and technical staff of the school as well as our external customers to produce high quality end products.

To be successful you will have experience of.

  • Engineering materials, processes and techniques to design and manufacture high quality precision parts within tight tolerances.
  • CAD software to produce 3D models, presentations, drawings and run finite element analysis simulations. 
  • Work to high precision using conventional engineering machine tools including but not limited to, Mills, Lathes, Drills and wood shop machinery.
  • Use of CAM software and CNC machine tools.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills to work in a small workshop team and able to discuss and explain engineering design concepts and manufacturing processes to customers and non-engineering end users. 
  • Able to work individually or manage larger team projects.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a skill level equivalent to Level 6 (Degree) of the National Qualifications Framework in engineering.  Although applications are encouraged from those qualified to degree level, we really do want to hear from individuals who have an equivalent skill level in mechanical engineering, along with other applicable recognised qualifications.  Upon appointment will agree a learning and development plan with your line manager based on your existing knowledge, qualifications and skillset to ensure success in the role together with continuing professional development.

Employee benefits include a generous 30 days annual leave, contributory pension scheme, subsidised health and wellbeing facilities on-site, cycle to work and discount scheme with a range of restaurants, retail and entertainment outlets.

We are signatories of the Technician Commitment and have pledged to support technicians in key areas:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Physics and Astronomy. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the staff and student population, and in recognition, we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018 and the Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion status in 2019. Physics and Astronomy give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, including part-time, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, and onsite childcare facilities as well as provision for paternity leave and carers. For further information please visit We encourage all applications regardless of ethnicity, sexuality or disability.

*subject to qualifying criteria

Please take a look at our website to find out more about our department and our equality and diversity awards.

For informal enquiries about the role please contact

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Lizzie Cessford (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507 or email  Please quote reference 1546921WF on all correspondence

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