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Date Posted
15th September 2018
Race Mechanics, Technicians
Bolton / UK

Position:                               Technician / Demonstrator – Motorsport Engineering

School/Service:               National Centre of Motorsport Engineering

Reference:                           ENG-114/P

Grade:                                    Grade 5

Status:                                    Permanent

Hours:                                    Full time

Responsible to:                Director of Motorsport Engineering


Main Function of the Post:

  • To act as a support for student learning, teaching and research across the portfolio of academic disciplines including support for students’ projects and self-directed study in Motorsport Engineering.
  • To provide a demonstrator/technical support service which meets the needs of academic staff and students, and enables optimum use of University resources. The role includes support and demonstration of a range of equipment and associated processes and first line maintenance.
  • Assist the teaching team in demonstrating experiments and making/assembling of cars with students. Staff, manufacturing companies, schools and colleges.
  • A key aspect will be the ability to oversee a student motorsport racing team both within the University and at appropriate race venues.  To assist the team by loading and driving a HGV1 race transporter and have a current CPC and ADR licence, if not current or applicable to have the intent to be trained to complete this task.


Specialist Competencies:

  • Whilst all Demonstators/Technicians are required to work across a range of disciplines their specialist practical area requires them to possess the following competencies in manufacturing, composite manufacture, fabrication and machining:
  • To act as specialist support for National Centre for Motorsport Engineering and to maintain these resources and facilities to a high standard.
  • To be qualified as a race mechanic.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To work in support of the whole range of teaching, research and commercial activities undertaken by the University including support for student projects and self-directed study.
  2. To prepare workshops and dedicated rooms for staff and students in line with academic needs. Ensure these facilities and adjoining areas are in a clean and tidy condition, they conform to health and safety standards at all times and that these areas are maintained in a way which enables other functions such as cleaning and security, to carry out their duties effectively.
  3. To assist students and staff with the day-to-day function of workshops and teaching areas, including the use of a range of equipment and processes.
  4. To take responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of those who are using the specialist areas for which the role holder has responsibility and reporting non- compliance issues to their line manager. Including ensuring appropriate safety equipment is available, including appropriate Personal Protective Equipment is maintained and in good order and used.
  5. To induct and demonstrate safe working practices, the function of the equipment and processes and proper use of materials. Ensure that induction and demonstration records are documented appropriately for students, staff and commercial partners.
  6. Deliver Health and Safety Inductions to student and commercial partners in the areas for which the Demonstrator/Technician is responsible; making staff, commercial partners and students aware of the professional code of conduct required when working in the area.
  7. Demonstrate and communicate safe working practices as identified through the various risk assessments, the function of the equipment and processes and the proper use of materials. Explain hazards associated with equipment, processes and substances and demonstrate precautions against them including checks to be carried out prior to using equipment.
  8. To supervise the designated areas, permitting access to only those students/clients who are recorded as having completed induction and ensuring that they continue with safe working practices at all times.
  9. Demonstrate the use of equipment and technical procedures to staff, clients and students within the Demonstrators/Technician’s specialist area of competence.
  10. Develop and prepare material, demonstration aids and samples to be used during demonstrations to build a stock of handouts, diagrams and user instructions, appropriate to each demonstration in all relevant areas.
  11. To assist with the scheduling and booking of a wide range of clinical and lab activities and equipment. To maintain accurate records of all transactions and to exercise proper stock controls including an annual stock take
  12. To assist in the preparation, mounting and demounting of exhibitions, including degrees, foundation and postgraduate shows both on and off the University premises.
  13. If a “named” driver, to drive the University vehicle or hire vehicle for the purposes of delivery and collection of University equipment, machinery, exhibition materials etc. and other necessary transport related to the work including field trips
  14. To undertake checks to ensure that all equipment is maintained in good working order as required by health and safety legislation and to ensure that inventories are up to date and accurate.
  15. Undertake regular stock checks and process orders for the requisition of materials and equipment relevant to curriculum needs and health and safety requirements.
  16. To carry out all work in accordance with the University health and safety policies and procedures, including the preparation of COSHH, manual handling and risk assessments and the implementation of mitigating actions and controls and to undertake portable appliance testing.
  17. To give assistance in other practical areas when required.

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