Metallurgical Laboratory Technician

Brookes Bell
Liverpool, Merseyside
26 Sep 2019
24 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Company Overview:

Brookes Bell provides comprehensive services in the marine and energy world and lead the market in professional expertise and experience across the major maritime and scientific disciplines. We provide specialist advice on a wide range of inter-disciplinary areas including nautical services, marine and energy loss adjusting, metallurgy, inspection and non-destructive testing and marine engineering.


Overall Objective of Role:


This role is an opportunity to join a newly established, and freshly equipped, laboratory and inspection unit based in the north west of England.  The core business will be focused on failure investigation and root cause analysis in conjunction with metallurgical consultancy.  This provides a varied scope of work beyond routine testing.


The metallurgical laboratory technician will be expected to assist with the day to day lab operations involving handling and preparation of metallic elements, including very large engineering items.  This role includes routine technical and engineering tasks, including sample preparation and machining, operating and maintaining equipment, routine calibration operations, as well as assisting with analysis and experimental procedures. 


Duties & Responsibilities:


We are looking for a candidate with a very practical background, with previous experience of machining, heavy industry or metalwork would be advantageous and the role would suit someone with strong problem-solving skills.


Most of the work will be within the engineering spaces or our metallurgical laboratory, but the successful candidate may be expected to travel on site (within the local area) to assist with in situ analysis using portable testing equipment (chemical analysis and hardness testing) as required.


We are a small team (part of a bigger group), so the ability to be self-motivated and proactive is essential.  The ability to work alone with minimal supervision is necessary.


Continued professional development would be achieved through a combination of on the job training and structured external courses.


Person Specification:


  • Time served mechanical engineer with minimum 2 years post apprenticeship experience.
  • CGLI / NVQ level 2 qualification in mechanical/ production engineering.
  • Experienced in the operation of machine tools – lathe, vertical/horizontal milling machine, surface  grinder, drilling machine.
  • Capable of working to fine tolerances on a variety of materials.

Further desirable, but non-essential, experience, includes:


  • Experience in the manufacture of metallurgical test piece such as charpy and tensile.
  • Experience in the preparation of micro/macro samples for metallurgical inspection.
  • Experience gained using PMI or other portable analysis techniques.
  • Experience adhering to laboratory procedures and assisting with internal and external quality          audits.

Training is provided as part of the role, but a competent level of mathematics, computer literacy and written English is essential.


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