Senior Technician - Propulsion Engine Test Centre

Location: Millbrook Proving Ground - Bedford, UK
Reporting to – Supervisor – Propulsion

Job Description

We are recruiting for a Senior Propulsion Test Technician to join the Propulsion Engine Test Centre at UTAC. The successful role holder will be responsible for running Propulsion systems in a testbed environment and all associated aspects from set-up through test cell configuration, servicing, and running of both automated and manual sequences. The technicians work will contribute towards successful completion of end-to-end customer test programmes on a variety of prototype units, from downsized units with a focus on economy and emissions through to high output units with performance focus. The technicians role will be supported by the engineering team.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Ensure all Health and Safety and quality procedures have been adhered to
  • Contribute towards unit palletisation Installation and setup of instrumentation and test cell automation system configuration as required by Engineering team
  • Validate basic engine running and associated fluid and boost conditioning systems in test cell environment
  • Be part of a team which contributes towards running customer test requirements in a test cell for specific customer development programs
  • Identify and diagnose unit faults, both mechanical and electrical, working with Engineering team to deliver effective solutions
  • Carry out servicing and hardware changes
  • Run the test cell using a mix of automated test cycles and manual operation leading into more complex calibration tasks with support from Engineering and Calibration teams
  • Be the first-line in quality control and unit test data validation
  • Take ownership of the unit, equipment and hardware in the test cell
  • Able to liaise with supporting staff, Engineers, Supervisors and customers on a technical level
  • Continue and improve initiatives to reduce waste and optimise efficiency
  • Act in accordance with the behaviours for UTAC staff at all times

Person Specification

  • City and Guilds and/or Full Apprenticeship. Alternatively ONC/HNC or similar in Automotive Engineering
Core Competencies
  • A sound automotive background, preferably within a test cell environment but candidates will be considered from other automotive disciplines
  • Excellent understanding of engine fundamentals and related systems
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and instruction following completion of probationary period
  • Willingness to take responsibility for own work and offer support to others
  • Excellent teamwork ethics
  • Good time management and organisation
  • Respect for Health and Safety procedures and practices
  • A professional attitude under pressure and good communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and quality
Advantageous Qualities
  • Experience of both gasoline and diesel testing, preferably in complex testing environments with a variety of testing techniques and equipment (pressure and temperature instrumentation, emissions measurement, etc.)
  • Experience of AVL and ETAS test bed related equipment and automation systems
  • Able to complete Electrical wiring assemblies
  • Experience with Lithium Ion Batteries (preferably Automotive)
  • Aware of Electrical automotive High Voltage (to 1000V DC) connectivity techniques
  • Experience in test automation software (AVL PUMA and/or Horiba STARS), indicating software (AVL Indicom, ETAS INCA), analysis software (AVL Concerto)
Personal Behaviours
  • Interest in emerging technologies
  • Highly motivated team player
  • Good and inclusive communication skills
  • Represents highest company standards
  • Customer focused
  • Full UK driving licence & own transport (Millbrook is not easily assessable via public transport)
  • Willing to undergo a Basic Disclosure (DBS) check

Application closing date - close of business on 29th July 2021.

To apply please email your cover letter and CV to

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