National Nuclear Laboratory

Current Vacancies

Instrument Technician

Contract type:
Full Time
Preston, Lancashire
Job Category:
EHSS&Q & Compliance
Working Arrangements:
Office based
Posted on:
4th April 2024
Closing date:
25th April 2024
Job reference:
Salary £38,065 - £40,030 (with allowances)


Job Description for Instrument Technician:

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career.

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

To be part of the electrical and instrumentation engineering team for building maintenance and breakdown issues. Also, to support the installation and commissioning of improvement and customer projects.

The salary for this position will be determined based on the candidate’s skills, qualifications and relevant experience.

Main Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities for Instrument Technician:

  • Performing routine Examination, Inspection, Maintenance and Testing on plant and equipment including:
    • Calibration checks of field instrumentation.
    • Stroke test of pneumatic, hydraulic and motor-operated valves.
    • Loop-checks and troubleshooting.
    • Receipt verification and bench checks of instruments.
    • Interlocks, alarms and controls performance verification.
    • Installation inspection against design documentation.
    • Use of calibration and testing instruments to inspect, test and perform troubleshooting and diagnose faults.
    • Communicate design discrepancies and issues to the site supervisor / engineer.
    • Leading on resolving breakdown and recovery maintenance on plant instrumentation equipment.
    • Providing support to the installation, modification and commissioning of instrumentation equipment for project and improvement works.
    • Installation, modification and commissioning of instrumentation equipment.
    • Completing job reporting in accordance with site standards to ensure that a good quality maintenance history is recorded.
  • Ensuring that:
    • Maintenance, breakdown and project tasks are always covered by an appropriate Safe System of Work (SSOW) and the requirements are always complied with.
    • Appropriate workplace standards are maintained at all times.

Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Instrument Technician:

  • Recognised apprenticeship in an instrumentation control engineering discipline.
  • Demonstrable experience in maintenance of process plant and equipment.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings and work with maintenance documentation.
  • Evidence of self-motivation with demonstrable levels of drive, energy and resilience.
  • Team player with effective communication skills.
  • Flexible approach to learning new skills and self-development.
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Instrument Technician:

  • IPAF 3a & 3b.
  • CompEx Ex1 – Ex4 or IECEx equivalent.
  • IET 18th Edition BS: 76761.

About The Company

NNL is an incredible place to work. A place where people do things that have never been done before. A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

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