New vacancy – Mechanical/Electrical Engineer

Organisation: Cranfield University
School/Department: Cranfield Impact Centre
Based at: Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered. Due to the nature of work, there will be occasions when work is undertaken during weekends and, in addition to, and outside of, normal working hours.
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £25,000 to £29,000 per annum, dependant on skills and ability
Posted Date: 23/04/2024
Apply by: 27/05/2024

Role Description

We are looking to recruit an experienced and motivated Mechanical / Electrical Technician to carry out planned and reactive maintenance within the Cranfield Impact Centre testing facility.

About the Role

You will be responsible for providing technical support to colleagues, on all aspects, to enable CIC to meet customer and legislative requirements.  This can include:

  • Physically preparing and constructing static and dynamic test rigs.
  • Performing mechanical workshop machining tasks, including welding, drilling and marking out of test pieces.
  • Performing electrical fittings such as soldering, wiring leads and cabling.
  • Be responsible for the procedures and tools for mechanical testing, including the operation of existing test machines, instrumentation and photographic equipment.
  • Carry out inspections, maintenance and repairs of existing rigs and tools, to ensure the laboratory is kept tidy and operational.
  • Participate in design and use of CAD software, (Solidworks) for new test rigs or adaptions from existing rigs.

There will be occasions when work is undertaken during weekends and, in addition to, and outside of, normal working hours.

About You

You must have BTEC/HNC or A levels in science/engineering-based subjects or equivalent qualifications. To succeed in this role, you will have demonstrable or comprehensive Engineering Machine workshop experience, as well as practical knowledge of material testing.  Flexible and positive attitude, willing to go that extra mile to meet deadlines is essential, as is attention to detail in terms of quality of work.

It would be advantageous if you have working experience of mechanical crash testing and calibration of instrumentation. Knowledge of health and safety legislation would also be advantageous.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Cranfield Impact Centre (CIC) is a testing laboratory with over 30 years’ experience of testing structures across a variety of industries. We have been at the forefront in formulating legislation for Formula 1 and Coach Industries.

Our unique facilities include a sled track, static test bed and a range of drop towers to perform a comprehensive range of tests.  Structures that we regularly test include Formula 1 nose cones, aircraft seats and medical equipment, for our high profile clients.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Our diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the Centre and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Jim Watson, Cranfield Impact Centre Manager,  on (T): +44 (0)778 9044980 or (E):

Closing date for receipt of applications:  27 May 2024

Interview date:  19 June 2024