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Technician Engineer / Engineer

Posted: 31 May 2019 Closes: 16 Jun 2019
Exeter HQ £23,673 - £33,260 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Fixed term & Full time met-office/20190531080700

Observations are fundamental to almost all the services the Met office provides – as direct data and products; for initialising NWP and other models; for verifications of forecasts; as the basis for many weather / climate related consultancy services; and for providing evidence of climate change. 

There is an increasing demand for more observational data and new and innovative ways of meeting the customer requirements for data. There is also an increasing need to exploit and develop the expertise within the Programme to deliver direct business benefit (e.g. consultancy advice or designing and developing observational networks for other organisations). 

Met Office engineering teams install, maintain and service UK-wide, (and occasionally overseas) observing networks. Our current vacancies are in Exeter. 

Our engineers use their electronic, electrical and mechanical skills to install or provide field support of observing systems. As part of the Technical Services Team (TST) you will be working on some of our new cutting edge technology liaising both with Research and Development and our Operational teams. Installations take place across the UK and occasionally overseas. 
On joining either team you will be given all the training required to work on these new/and existing systems as well as having the opportunity to use and develop your existing skills and knowledge.

Job Purpose

Support (Technician)/ Drive (Engineer) the delivery of operational engineering outputs that enhance the Met Office’s capability and reputation; and to maintain standards and improve the quality of its products, services and engineering advice to customers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the development (Technician) / develop (Engineer) of work plans, including identification of improvements to systems, capabilities and/or processes.
  • Use existing and emerging engineering practice to support the delivery of the work plans (Technician) / drive the delivery of the work plans (Engineer), which install, repair, maintain or improve Met Office observing systems and products and provide advice and services for the benefit of customers.
  • Contribute to the generation and presentation of documentation and reports internally and externally in order to meet the needs of the customer and Met Office including; maintaining capability, integrity, standards; and/or communicating advice and knowledge and/or promoting reputation.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to improve the effectiveness of the team.
  • Carry out continuing professional development in line with current and future needs of the Met Office.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. NVQ Level 4 or higher in engineering, electrical or electronic environment or equivalent qualification and/or experience. 

2. Possess a valid driving licence and be prepared to drive official vehicles. Engineers require Colour Perception CP2 or better to drive vehicles on airports or ports. 

3. Able to demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of all aspects of the maintenance and repair of electronic and/or electrical instrumentation. 

4. Evidence of a flexible approach to meeting work requirements with the ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team, including being prepared to work away from home as required to meet business requirement. 

5. Evidence of sound oral and written communication skills that allow effective communication of engineering concepts to people with technical and non-technical backgrounds. 

7. Membership of a Professional Engineering body such as the IET or willing to work towards gaining professional recognition and able to demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development (CPD).

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Evidence of mechanical engineering skills 

2. Understanding of the principles of ITIL 

3. Working knowledge of test and inspection software. 

4. Be prepared to work at heights of up to 25m (working at height training will be provided) and demonstrate a working knowledge of Health & Safety legislation.

Additional Supplementary Information

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Key Dates: Closing date 14/06/2019 with interviews expected 08/07/2019. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

For operational reasons this post will be based in Exeter. 

Whilst this temporary post is for 2 years, there is the potential for it to develop into a permanent position.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Due to the nature of the role, this post requires you to gain full security clearance Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived in the UK for 3 years out of the last 5 years.


The role of Engineer also attracts a Market Recruitment & Retention Allowance of £2,500 per annum.

You may also be eligible to claim relocation costs.

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