Engineering Technician/experienced Machinist

The Open University
Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes
£14.51 - £17.31 per hour
Closing date
24 Jan 2022

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Our client, is a public distance learning and Research University, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.

The staff are committed to putting their students first and to supporting them to realise their potential. Study with the OU is more than just education - it is life changing learning, do you want to be part of this team?

They are looking to recruit an experienced Engineering Technician/Machinist, to start 24th January 2022 to 15th July 2022, paying between£14.51 - £17.31ph depending on experience. This role will be based in the Milton Keynes campus and full government restrictions are being adhered to. The role is working Monday to Friday - 37hrs per week.

The role holder will be expected to manufacture from sketches, drawings and verbal instructions equipment to be used in STEM related projects using manually & computer operated machine-tools. Competent to originate a CAD/CAM file or open an existing file and make modifications to progress to next stage.

Main responsibilities:

To design, prototype, manufacture, evaluate and modify complete assemblies and/or component parts of complex equipment. Modifying and originating CAD/CAM and CNC files.

Working from verbal requests, rough sketches or engineering drawings and electronic files, using a full range of manual and computer-controlled precision engineering machinery to produce component parts and assemblies to specification, on time and within budget

Contribute to advising and assisting facility users in identifying the best methods, materials and procedures for overcoming problems whilst evaluating the relative merits of potential solutions.

Person Spec:

Relevant engineering training or proven relevant and ongoing experience in a workshop /Machine-shop environment.

Ability to read engineering drawings in latest formats.

Proven experience in the use of manually & computer operated machine-tools safely and to good effect whilst producing components and assemblies on time, to budget, with a good finish and to a high level of precision.

A good understanding of the health and safety requirements in a workshop environment.


TAPFIN, part of ManpowerGroup, are now working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary and contingent requirements across their various locations.

How would you like to help someone change their life?

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK’s largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.
All of our roles play a key part in our students' journey.  The Open University helps anyone in the UK better themselves, whatever their age, background or circumstances. Dip into our series of Open Diaries and discover what it’s like for our students to take that life-changing step that you could be a part of. 

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