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Engineer - Calibration and Quality Assurance Lab

Company Met Office Location Devon
Contract Temporary Position Salary £28,644
Sector(s) Engineering, Engineering Electrical, Other, Public Sector, Quality Management, Science

Job Description

Background

Measurement lies at the heart of everything the Met Office does. Accurate data is critical to all our products and services from forecasting, to climate monitoring and to the advice that we give to the general public. The Quality Assurance Laboratory, based at our Exeter headquarters, is a key component of the process of obtaining accurate and reliable data from our observations.

To support us in being recognised as the best weather and climate service in the world, we test our instruments to the highest standards, traceable to National Measurement Standards Laboratories. Maintaining our high standards in measurement ensures that our meteorological and climate observing systems contribute to the safety of the public and of the Defence services, in the course of their duties.

You will work with a small team of dedicated specialists within the calibration laboratory to ensure that the most accurate instruments and sensors are always available to provide observations data, wherever and whenever needed. Utilising your attention-to-detail and our state of the art test equipment, you will calibrate the Met Office’s modern observing systems and ensure they conform to national and international standards for measurement. This is a perfect opportunity to join a specialist team and offers exciting career prospects for the right candidate.

Job Purpose

To carry out examination of a wide range of meteorological sensors and instruments, to test and calibrate sensors and to perform repairs and refurbishment as and when required. Additionally to carry out root cause analysis of non-conformance and to define and deliver process improvement within the Quality Assurance laboratory.

Job Responsibilities
  • Examine test and calibrate all types of meteorological sensors and instruments against defined specifications, ensuring standards are adhered to.
  • Produce calibration and conformance reports on individual instruments that have been submitted by internal and external customers for inspection and calibration; to update and maintain records ensuring standards are met.
  • Respond to end user enquiries and communicate with customers over issues and concerns with their equipment or its condition in a professional manner, to maintain and enhance the reputation of the QA Laboratory, the Observations Program and the Met Office, as a technical point of excellence.
  • Use technical knowledge to collate test results and calibration data, analyse and prepare reports on this data, identifying erroneous values, performing appropriate corrections and identifying and implementing process improvement ensuring that calibrations meet agreed standards.
  • Construct, use and maintain suitable software tools to monitor and control test processes, ensuring that all required data are captured and recorded. Support and advise other team members to improve efficiency and effectiveness within the QA Laboratory.
  • Carry out continuing professional development in line with current and future needs of the Met Office, to enhance capability of self and of QA Laboratory team to enable the integration of new testing requirements and emergent technologies.
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
  1. Degree in an Engineering or Physical Science related subject or able to demonstrate equivalent relevant Scientific Knowledge and experience.
  2. Good technical and practical knowledge of Electronic measurement & instrumentation.
  3. Good understanding of Calibration & Metrology including an appreciation of how it is used in environmental measurements.
  4. Proven ability to organise and prioritise own work as well as that of others, to meet deadlines and to adapt to changes in operational requirements.
  5. Evidence of good communication skills and ability to explain technical information, including the writing of clear reports and maintaining accurate records.
  6. Knowledge of programming, ideally in Python or LabView, and/or able to demonstrate ability to carry out statistical analysis of data for management reports.
  7. Can demonstrate good attention to detail and ability to produce detailed instructions ensuring compliance with standards and customer requirements.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
  1. Knowledge of use of meteorological or environmental instrumentation and the underlying scientific principles.
  2. Experience of working within a quality systems environment. Knowledge and/or experience of ISO9001, ISO17025 or similar standards.

 

Additional Supplementary Information

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Key Dates: Closing date 

20/01/18 

with interview dates TBC. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Whilst this post is currently 2yr fixed-term, there is the potential for it to develop into a permanent position. 

For operational reasons this post will be based in Exeter.

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

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. 

This post requires you to gain full security clearance due to the nature of the role. Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived at the same address in the UK for 2 years out of the last 5 years, or lived in the UK for 3 out of the last 5 years if you have lived at various addresses.

 

Allowances

Recruitment and Retention Allowance of £2,500pa

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