Technician - Battery

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

Overview

UTAC provides vehicle test, validation and engineering services to customers in the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical, defence and security industries. It is independent and impartial in everything it does.

It has a range of test facilities for components and full vehicles. These include varied indoor and outdoor test tracks in the UK and Northern Finland, engine dynamometers, environmental chambers, crash laboratories and advanced emissions chassis dynamometers.

UTAC’s employees are passionate about safety, customer service and technical excellence, making them ideal partners at any stage in the development and launch of the vehicles of tomorrow.

Job Description

A key position within the battery test team. The successful applicant will be responsible for operating the Battery Test Facility to provide a durability testing service to our customers, supporting strip & rate activities and battery abuse testing to include ECE R100.02/03 and UN 38.3. This service extends to round the clock cover to ensure a continuous operation and minimum prove out duration for the DUT. Responsibilities will include operation, basic setup and diagnostics including day to day maintenance of the facilities and test equipment.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Operates battery testing facilities
  • Provides HV battery preparation and strip service for customers
  • Provides test support for Abuse activities
  • Day to day maintenance and housekeeping of facilities
  • Provides basic level of facility breakdown diagnostics and resolution
  • Able to complete basic test automation setup and configuration
  • Action and follow test and operational derived risk assessments
  • Undertake analysis of results, including statements of conformity or opinions and interpretations
  • To report, review and provide authorisation of results
  • Ensures safe Operating Procedures are in place for all HV battery related activity
  • Ensures safe operation of DUT at all times
  • Shift working including rolling week
  • Act in accordance with the behaviours for Millbrook staff at all times

Person Specification

Qualifications
  • HND in Engineering or equivalent preferred or large breadth of work experience in an automotive engineering laboratory, automotive repair, heavy truck repair or electronics
Experience
  • Lithium Ion Batteries (preferably Automotive)
  • Lithium Ion Battery testing (Durability and Abuse) (preferred)
  • Powertrain testing (preferred)
  • Some basic software skills would be an advantage (e.g. matlab/Simulink) (preferred).
  • An understanding of CAN, dbc files and tools like Canalyser or CANape would be an advantage (preferred)
Skills
  • Aware of Electrical automotive High Voltage (to 1000V DC) connectivity techniques
  • Able to complete Mechanical assembly and fabrication
  • Able to complete Electrical wiring assemblies (preferred)
  • Ability to read and understand simple electrical schematics
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and computer based file structures
 Personal Behaviours
  • Willingness to learn
  • Interest in Li-ion batteries
  • Methodical
  • Highly motivated team player
  • Good and inclusive communication skills
  • Represents highest company standards
  • Customer focussed
Other 
  • The successful candidate is required to have manual handling experience of a load approx. 25kg activities will include bending, stooping, crouching, reaching, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity
  • Contribute to the Build, Process definition, setup and commissioning stage of the Battery Test Facilities
  • Flexibility to travel as and when required
  • Full UK driving licence and own transport (Millbrook is not easily assessable via public transport)
  • Willing to undergo a Criminal Disclosure check
  • NOTE: This position be will based on site in Bedford

To apply please email your cover letter and CV to recruitment.uk@utac.com

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