Mechanical & Electrical Engineer - Devon, Exeter, EX1 3PB
£26,010 - £29,100 per annum plus excellent benefits
Exeter, with regular travel
About the role
Observations are fundamental to almost everything we do at the Met Office - from providing the weather forecasts that millions of people rely on every day to the evidence that validates our expertise in climate change. And behind all of our observations are our incredible infrastructure and people. Our weather radar network is one of the world's longest established networks of its kind and right now, we're working to make it even better.
Joining us as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, your role will be crucial to helping deliver our multi-million pound Weather Radar Network Renewal project. It's our most ambitious Observations project to date. With radar upgrades planned each year for the next three years, this project will enable us to push the boundaries of our research giving us tools to improve the quality of our forecasts and conduct analysis into real-life issues like flooding. Working as part of small, dedicated team of engineers, you'll use your mechanical and electrical engineering skills to modernise our hardware and add new capabilities. It'll be your responsibility to build, test and document radar subsystems, ensuring that everything is ready when we upgrade a site. We have radars at sites right across the UK so, at the time of upgrades, you'll be on-hand to install the components to high quality Met Office standards. The nature of our work means that radars can only be offline for short timeframes therefore it's crucial that all work is well-prepared and carried out efficiently. This is a rewarding opportunity to be part of a dynamic and very important project, and to learn great skills along the way.
You'll need to have the following essential criteria to be considered for the role:
- Proven ability to assemble, test, install and commission mechanical, electronic and electro-mechanical subassemblies to a high standard.
- Qualifications and/or experience equivalent to National Qualification Framework Level 5 (i.e. Diploma of Higher education, foundation degree, HND) in an engineering subject.
- Demonstrable practical knowledge of Health and Safety legislation including evidence of safe systems of work.
- Proven ability to author technical documents such as build instructions and quality management systems.
- Proven ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely to both technical and non-technical persons, written and verbally.
- Demonstrable drive and initiative to deliver project objectives without direct supervision.
- Evidence of good organisational and time management skills.
- Being comfortable working outside in remote locations and at height on structures such as radar towers and scaffolding (don't worry, training will be provided).
- Being comfortable working away for up to two weeks at a time, up to six times a year.
- A valid UK driving licence.
If you have the following desirable criteria too, then even better:
- An understanding of radar principles.
- Experience in assembling, testing or commissioning radar systems.
- Membership of a Professional Engineering body or working towards gaining professional recognition.
- Experience of working on construction sites.
Like millions of others, you probably know us best for the weather forecasts that you hear on the news or read on your phone. But did you know that our forecasts reach as far as space? Or that high profile organisations across the world - from governments and the military, to the NHS and utility companies - rely on our expertise to operate safely and efficiently? Through world-leading science and cutting-edge technology, through idea generation and enthusiasm, we collaborate to challenge the ordinary every day because we believe in the best. The best for our customers, the best for your career. It's a career where you'll be challenged, developed and fascinated; a career where whatever you do, your work will make a valuable contribution to the bigger picture. A career to be proud of.
What we can offer you
We're constantly moving forwards, looking to optimise our abilities. Which is why, joining us, we'll invest in your development to help you be the very best you can be in whatever it is that you do. Rewards? There are plenty of those too. A competitive pension, opportunities for flexible working, performance-related pay schemes, some great benefits as well as 25 days' holiday, which increases to 30 days' after 5 years. And based in our award-winning Exeter headquarters, you'll have world-class facilities all around you.
Closing Date: 31 March 2014
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