Vacancy: Mechanical Workshop Specialist at the University of York (Closed)

By 17th October 2022 November 15th, 2022 Closed Vacancies

Mechanical Workshop Specialist

Job Reference:11373

Department: Chemistry

Salary: £34,308 – £42,155 per year
Grade: Grade 6
Contract status: Open
Hours of work: Full-time (flexibility available)
Based at: University of York campus
Apply by: 10/11/2022


The Department of Chemistry is seeking to appoint a Mechanical Engineer to join the Chemistry Mechanical Workshop team in one of the country’s leading University departments. The post presents an exciting opportunity to be involved in pioneering global research and technologies.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful departments at York and we are renowned internationally for our research. As a department, we strive to provide a working environment that allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.

As a signatory of the Science Council’s Technician Commitment, the University of York strongly supports technical career development, and part of this programme is the drive to recruit new talent into the technical profession in higher education.


The role holder will be instrumental in the construction of precision equipment, the maintenance and repair of workshop tools and research/teaching equipment. They will have a highly developed understanding of prototype design procedure and be fully conversant in the use of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for design and simulation, Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) software to allow integration between CAD and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC), and lastly CNC production machinery to produce the actual components. In addition, the role holder will be required to modify, maintain and repair existing scientific equipment.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Degree or equivalent in appropriate mechanical discipline or appropriate significant experience

  • In depth and current theoretical and practical knowledge of mechanical engineering

    • A good understanding of programming CNC machine tools

    • A good understanding of CAD/CAM software

    • Knowledge of engineering design drawings

  • Proven ability to work at high levels of skill and accuracy within a mechanical workshop environment.

  • Competent in the operation and maintenance of equipment in a mechanical engineering workshop

  • Experience of programming and operating CNC lathes or CNC milling machines

  • Flexible attitude towards work, willingness to respond to time led demands

  • Dependable, reliable and self-motivated

Interview date:  TBD

For informal enquiries: please contact Graeme McAllister (

The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.


The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork