Our Technicians are a critical, vital and integral part of Diamond and the work that is undertaken here. Our apprentices undergo comprehensive on the job training in order to gain relevant skills and experience. As an apprentice you will study part time at the Oxford Advanced Skills centre (full time during the first year) to gain a level 3 Advanced Engineering qualification. This will provide opportunities to move into a permanent technical role and beyond that study to higher level qualifications (including degrees) in Engineering. All while earning a wage.
This role involves assembling, testing, fault finding and maintaining scientific instrumentation. This includes sensitive electro-mechanical devices such as high precision motion control systems, diagnostic devices and automation systems that may be found in vacuum and/or cryogenic environments. As a technician you will work with scientists and engineers in designing and installing new equipment as part of upgrades; and will also help scientists, machining small pieces of equipment such as sample holders using conventional and 3D printing techniques, and integrate ancillary equipment into the experimental areas. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines. As an apprentice you will be study and gain competences to become Mechatronics multi-skilled technician in electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering.
This role involves working to ensure the protection of the particle accelerator creating the light and the scientific equipment on beamlines. You will be working with Programmable Logic Controllers and industrial networks. You will gain experience in programming PLCs, human machine interfaces, and robots. You will also be competent in fault finding and assembling electrical and electronic equipment. Your will work with Engineers and Scientists from different disciplines to design and create interlocks for vacuum environments, precision motion control with alarm monitoring. As an apprentice you will study and gain competences to become a Controls Technician in electrical and electronic engineering.
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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