Development Technician

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Salary Description
27k-30k pa
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Coventry ,

Job Title: Development Technician

Location: Coventry

Salary:      £27k to £30k PA D.O.E

Hours:      Full Time Mon – Thurs 8.00– 4

30pm (30 mins lunch) Fri 8 – 1PM


Our Client is an established engineering company and a leading expert in energy absorption technology based in Coventry, designing and manufacturing energy absorption solutions for the rail, elevator and industrial sectors and for buffer stop solutions. They provide a wide range of products, including hydraulic buffers, dampers, lift buffers and simulation software. Our Client has been producing hydraulic energy absorption solutions for over sixty years with over 1,000,000 units in circulation.  Due to ongoing growth they have an open vacancy for a Development Technician.


What’s in it for you?

  • Reputable Company
  • 20 days plus statutory.


Job Role

Manufacture one off or small batches of components and assemblies accurately and to the required quality level to support product development and launch.

Manufacture parts in a timely manner.

Assist in development testing & test set up as required.

Contribute to continuous improvement in all prototype manufacture related activities.

Manufacture & assemble test sample parts, test fixtures and tooling etc.

Take responsibility for quality of parts & ensure quality verification is completed on all parts produced.

Support production and maintenance with part rectification, tooling rectification when appropriate.

Monitor equipment condition for safety and performance.

Work in a safe and environmentally aware way.

Maintain cleanliness in the workshop, laboratory, and other engineering facilities.

Assist in test set up and running where required.

Perform routine preventative maintenance on equipment.

Work in accordance with Engineering and Test procedures.

Work in accordance with QS9001 & ISO17025 requirements as required.

Work closely with other Engineering and Development personnel.

Partake in design reviews as required.

Identify & advise Engineers on product manufacturing and performance issues.

Work closely with operations-based personnel.

Assist in planning and prioritisation within the engineering workshop.

Safely strip and examine buffers (under customer witness if required) whilst minimising damage.

        No direct reports

Interact with a wide range of staff including Design and Development Engineers and technicians, Production Engineers, Manufacturing staff, Quality staff and Sales (customer support) staff.



The successful candidate will require the following skills :

Work closely with other Engineering and Development personnel.

Interact with Manufacturing staff, Quality staff and Sales (customer support) staff as required.

        Multi-skilled machinist capable of working with a wide variety of equipment.

        Experienced in manual machine tool set-up and operation (Lathe, Mill, Drill etc)

        Experienced in conversational CNC machine tool set-up & operation (Lathe, Mill etc)

        Practical experience within a low volume manufacturing environment (ideally R&D workshop/   prototype  workshop/ tool room) – producing one off components to high accuracy

        Competent in reading complex 2D engineering drawings, including ‘GDT’

        Competent in use of measurement tools and inspection of own work

        Experienced in bench fitting and use of manual tools

        Experienced in assembly and disassembly of mechanical components

        Understanding of H&S in the workshop

  • Advantageous

        Experience using ‘XYZ Proto-trax’ conversational CNC machine controls.

        Trained in lifting and slinging methods

        Trained in use of counterbalance / reach truck

         Knowledge of product development processes and R&D environments

         Experience within a mechanical testing / test laboratory / R&D environment

         PC literate (excel, word, e-mail)


  • Practical and ‘hands-on’
  • Methodical approach to tasks
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with a wide variety of work
  • Problem solver able to think ‘outside the box’
  • Able to follow work instructions and procedures
  • Able to clearly document and record data
  • Self-driven / motivated
  • Have an attention to detail
  • Respect and demonstrate good housekeeping standards
  • A team player but able to work alone when required
  • Good listener
  • Flexible & open to change


Education and qualifications

  • Formal apprenticeship in Engineering (‘time served’)
  • Good pass (A –C) in Maths & English at GCSE / O-level preferred
  • Further engineering qualification in an engineering related subject is advantageous – HNC, HND



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