CNC Precision Manufacturing Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Posted 2 months ago
  • Salary: £31,931 - £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £10,000 per annum is also available for this role.

Company Details

Job Reference Number: 220001CZ

Together, STFC’s scientists, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society.

Come and discover how much you can achieve when you’re surrounded by world-leading experts, encouraged to constantly learn and empowered to explore your curiosity. Your output will support state-of-the-art instrumentation for major international instrumentation projects for the European Space Agency, UK Research Councils and leading national and international customers.

You will produce components, often unique in design, to the most exacting tolerances and dimensions in a modern environment, using highly advanced machinery such as a 5-axis KERN Micro HD, a KERN Pyramid Nano and KERN MMP CNC milling machines and a Precitech Nanoform-X diamond lathe. You will play a crucial role in the precision manufacture of components, offering rapid turnaround manufacture of critical spaceflight and ground-based hardware to meet or exceed customers’ expectations on quality. You will also provide critical close support to other science programmes at STFC that rely on the production of novel miniature complex geometries.

The following criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting and Interview:

  • Quality of cover letter.

It is essential that you have:

  • A recognised apprenticeship in engineering, with at least a BTEC level 3 qualification in an engineering discipline. Appropriate experience may be substituted for formal qualifications.
  • A proven ability in setting, operating and programming 3-axis and 5-axis CNC milling machines and at least one of these controllers; Heidenhain, Seimens Fanuc and WinMAX ,as found on KERN, DMG, HAAS and HURCO CNC machines.
  • An in-depth knowledge of machining equipment, including the ability to use judgement and safe practices along with some experience in offline programming using CAM software.
  • An ability to read, interpret and explain engineering drawings to BS8888 ISO Standard and proficiency in computer applications, including Microsoft Office.
  • Good communication skills and an ability to produce written reports to an appropriate standard for ISO documentation, operational instructions and procedures.

It is desirable that you have:

  • Experience of OpenMind HyperMILL and One CNC.
  • Manual machining experience to support the training of apprentices, and an interest in this training.
  • Experience of precision assembly
  • Experience in using Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) technology
  • Experience in using CNC Coordinate Measuring Machines

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Whatever our role, we have the freedom to explore, learn and connect, as part of a community that loves to share knowledge and support one another.

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, this is a place where there’s always something new to learn –about the world around us, about your career, but most of all, about yourself. Join us and discover what’s possible.

Hours: Full-Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

About STFC 
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 
One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 
How to Apply 
Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 
About UKRI 
Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 
Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK 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
How we support EDI in the workforce 
At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.  For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’  
Disability Confident Employer 
As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 
For more information on this scheme, click here.  
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