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Operating Technician

Job Purpose

A member of a multi-disciplined operating team with mixed process, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation skills conducting operations, inspection, testing and maintenance of plant and process related equipment within the Tails Management Facility to meet operational targets with regard to throughput, quality and cost whilst maintaining a safe, healthy and effective working environment.

Using various lean improvement tools, the role involves initiating & driving improvements in business performance with a view to achieving world class performance levels that contribute to the growth of the business for the future.

Experience Required

Experience of plant and process operation in a chemical or nuclear process plant environment including:

  • Handling of tails cylinders
  • Nuclear material waste handling procedures
  • Preparation of process and materials
  • Transfer of materials into and between production stages
  • Operation, monitoring, control and adjustment of processes both local to plant and via instrumented control systems
  • Sampling and testing of materials for control
  • Logging, recording and transferring information on plant / process status using electronic, written and verbal methods

Experience of preparation of plant and equipment for maintenance, carrying out maintenance consistent with skills and competency and reinstatement of the work area on completion of maintenance.

An understanding of the theory, principles and practice of simple business improvement techniques and experience in their use to solve process problems and support efficiency improvements

Sound knowledge and understanding of administrative, health, safety, environmental, security and waste disposal procedures and regulatory requirements relevant to TMF.

Specific technical skills

  • Ability to interpret and follow written operational procedures, drawings and diagrams and utilise the BPCS (Basic Plant Control System) through the SCADA and local interfaces to operate, monitor and control complex processing operations.
  • Ability to use technical information and control system output to aid equipment fault finding and process troubleshooting.
  • Capable of maintaining accurate written records of measurement data and operational activities to meet the high standards required to comply with regulatory requirements
  • IT literate to support use of Microsoft applications, SAP and other bespoke plant software
  • Skilled in radiological monitoring for routine survey, waste segregation and specific with-cause monitoring requirements.
  • Skilled in basic laboratory analysis techniques to undertake on-plant control analysis
  • Additional specific emergency response roles will require specific skills and aptitude
  • Across the multi-disciplined team Technicians will be expected to have a mix of additional skills e.g. craft mechanical, electrical, instrumentation skills, training delivery, permit issuer, advanced radiological monitoring, Duly Authorised Person status, a continuous improvement & problem solving mindset etc.

Vocational qualifications

The Minimum requirements :

Units and elements of a recognised Process Operations qualification e.g.NVQ Levels 3 ideally 4

OR a recognised Mechanical or CE&I qualification e.g. through a time served apprenticeship

OR HNC / HND Chemical Engineering or degree

OR >10 years experience in a similar role within a Chemical or Nuclear Plant environment

Previous experience of carrying out procedures involving the handling of radiological material (including waste) and or movement of transport containers would be an advantage.

In addition:

GCSE Grade C Maths or English or above or equivalent Numerical skills qualification Desirable:

A Business Improvement Qualification eg six sigma green belt

OR NEBOSH safety qualification