Senior/Electronics Technician

Company Details

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

We have two exciting opportunities for Senior/Electronics Technicians to join the Production and Software Group in RAL Space. The Production and Software Group is within the Imaging Systems Division which has a long standing heritage of excellence in Space flight going back over 50 years. We build electronic systems for spaceflight and hence many of our projects are unique, offering a fantastic opportunity for the Electronics Technicians to plan, input into and organise the manufacture rather than exclusively working from drawings.

Reporting in to the Production Scheduler the you will be responsible for electrical, and electronic manufacturing activities within the department. RAL Space works to ISO9001:2008 standards and you will carry out electronics and electrical assembly work to IPC and ESA Standards and other activities relating to the manufacture of electronic assemblies for use in space.

With previous experience in the aerospace/high reliability industry you may join us as a Band C Electronics Technician or a Band D Senior Electronics Technician depending on your level of experience and your ESA certification level. We fully support all of our Technicians to achieve ESA Operator or Operator/Inspector level certification offering an excellent opportunity for you to hone and develop your skills.

Responsibilities as an Electronics Technician will include:

  • Electronic assembly: Soldering conventional and surface mount components by hand onto PCBs to IPC and ESA Standards (Training will be given during an external residential course in Portsmouth’s ESA Training School, if not already ESA Certified)
  • Electrical assembly: Making up cables or harnesses, this could include either solder, crimp or screw terminal connections in a variety of test fixtures, instruments or robotic rovers
  • Electrical/Electronics repair and modification: Conducting rework, changing components on circuit boards, splicing cables, exposing and soldering to inner layers of PCBs etc.
  • Electro Mechanical: Creating test harness or jigs to aid the design and development of Space related systems
  • Documentation: Creating detailed drawings of wiring or cable routing on prototype assemblies, so that the job in question can always be repeated
  • Kitting: Assembling kits of components for Production
  • Procurement: Obtaining quotes from suppliers and placing orders via shared services
  • Conformal coating of electronic circuit boards using hand and spray methods.

In addition to the above, as the Senior Technician you will also have responsibility for:

  • Checking and maintaining the production equipment
  • Suggesting improvements to the RAL Space procedures and update the documents as necessary
  • Providing supervision, advice and training for more junior technicians as well as planning and scheduling work
  • Considering the safety, environmental and health impacts of any work undertaken/planned on both themselves and any staff working with/for them
  • Developing and furthering knowledge and experience of the twenty-six RAL Space ISO9000 production group procedures. These explain how the ESA standards are applied to the work done at RAL and are specific to the equipment and processes used.

We are looking for someone who performs their role responsibly and diligently, to very high standards. A flexible approach, with the ability to work unsupervised and to deadlines is key. Due to the intricate nature of the work we do you will have excellent attention to detail and confidence handling sensitive parts.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

The following criteria will be assessed at either Shortlisting (S) Interview (I) or both (S&I).

Essential at Band C:

  • Qualified to GCSE, or equivalent, in Mathematics and English (S)
  • Previous experience of electronics assembly to at least IPC standard and/or inspection of aerospace circuit boards (S)
  • Experience using production management software (S)
  • Have visual acuity sufficient to train and obtain an ESA operator certificate or already hold ESA certification category 2 (operator) (I)
  • Competency using programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel or equivalent (S&I)
  • Knowledge of Electrical or Electromechanical Components (S&I)
  • Be able to handle small parts (I)
  • Knowledge of an ISO9000 or other quality management system (S&I)
  • Ability to solve technical problems (S&I)
  • Enthusiasm to continue personal development (S&I)

To be considered for the Band D post in addition to the above you will also demonstrate:

  • Already achieved ESA certification category 3 (operator) or category 4 (operator/inspector) (S&I)
  • Attended and passed ESA courses: (S&I)
  • E01 High reliability hand soldering
  • E04 Repair and Modification of PCB and Solder Joints
  • E05 High-Reliability Soldering for Surface Mount Technology
  • E06/E07/E08 High-Reliability Crimping or/and Wire Wrapping
  • Knowledge of Electronic Components (S&I)
  • Knowledge of Mil-Spec / Space Qualified Components (S&I)
  • Knowledge of soldering (TH and SMD) (S&I)
  • Knowledge of a non-conformance system (S&I)
  • Evidence of dealing with suppliers and/or contractors (S)
  • Previous experience of or the ability to train and supervise junior staff. (S&I)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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