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Apprentice Maintenance Technician (Electrical) - University of Cambridge



21st May 2021

Employer Description

Based on the outskirts of Cambridge, on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the Keith Peters Building houses two Institutes of the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine- the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR) and the MRC-Mitochondrial Biology Unit (MBU). 

The building is a seven-storey block of laboratories and offices, and the CIMR and MBU carry out fundamental research into disease, causes of disease and biological processes.

There is an opportunity for an electrical apprentice to join the team.

Main description

Electrical Installation Work:

The role holder is responsible for undertaking minor electrical installations and rewiring of low voltage systems single phase and three-phase works; assisting in the design, testing and commissioning of the same. Specifically they shall install electrical services plant in accordance with written technical instructions (drawings, etc.) or verbal instructions, taking the following action:

  • Liaise with CIMR/MBU personnel in respect to the nature of the installation and the effect of the work on operations.
  • Assess installation requirements on site, determining materials, other trade skills required, builders’ work, and anticipated time schedule.
  • Advise the Building Services Manager where appropriate and obtain materials.
  • Check all relevant documentation particularly manufacturers’ instructions in respect to the installation element of services plant involved.
  • On completion of practical installation, carry out Test and Inspection of installation as detailed in the current edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations. Complete relevant certification including all inspection observations and recorded test values. Provide verbal and/or written report to the Building Services Manager of any deviations from the Wiring Regulations.
  • Report verbally to CIMR/MBU staff and the Building Services Manager immediately job has been concluded. S/he is present at, or carries out, commissioning works required to put installation into correct/safe working operation.
  • In the event of urgent additional support being required (e.g. other trade skill, specialist technical back-up or manufacturer’s opinion) the role-holder may deal with directly, apprising the Building Services Manager after the event.

Preventative Maintenance:

  • Assess problems and diagnose faults (test-running the plant if necessary) Inspect/service plant in accordance with Building Services Unit/ manufacturer’s instructions. Note any abnormality. Take out of service rendering it safe to commence routine service.
  • Having decided the remedial action required, the role holder raises job instructions, briefing staff as necessary. S/he shall obtain materials and implement repairs or advise the Building Services Manager that contracted labour is required and re-commission plant to correct working order.
  • Report to Building Services Manager on completion of each job as required, particularly in respect to follow-up observations/action that may be necessary. Report to CIMR/MBU staff and the Manager should circumstances arise adversely affecting job progress. Keep CIMR/MBU staff aware of job progress at all times, and advise all parties of satisfactory completion.
  • Obtain materials required to execute service and required remedial work and take all necessary action to ensure that plant is reinstated to full working order.
  • Breakdown Repair

The role holder is responsible for a reactive breakdown service, particularly for electrical breakdowns, undertaking repairs to general equipment and plant.

Specifically they shall:

  • Receive direct telephone, radio or email communications during the workday from CIMR/MBU staff in relation to emergencies.
  • Liaise with CIMR/MBU personnel in respect to the nature of the reported fault, the service being carried out, and the effect work will have on CIMR/MBU operations.
  • They will advise the Building Services Manager of the parts required; undertake repairs, and take any remedial action, advising CIMR/MBU staff of progress, completion and any follow up action required.
  • Building Alterations and minor works
  • Assisting with minor works to the premises e.g. alterations to the building fabric. The role holder may be required to assist in planning the necessary equipment and materials and is required to undertake the works, which may include decorating and ‘making good’ with the approval of their Manager.
  • Office/Lab Alterations and installation of furniture

The role holder is part of a team responsible for minor alterations of the laboratory and office areas including the installation of benching, desking, shelving and cupboards, assembly of pre-manufactured furniture and minor alterations to existing arrangements. The role holder may be required to oversee such external personnel as may be necessary.

Day-to-Day Contact:

Building Services Manager (Jason Davie
Building Service Technician (David Porter)
CIMR/MBU Research and Admin Staff/Students.

Entry requirements

GSCE in Maths and English Grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

Skills required

Manual dexterity.
An ability to communicate technical issues through written word and verbally with both technical and non-technical people is desirable.
Must be able to work effectively within a team.

Personal qualities

Willingness to learn in a working environment.

Training to be Provided

Level 3 Installation Electrician / Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship

Things to consider

The Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR) forms part of the University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine and is based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (Addenbrooke’s Hospital site).

Whilst transport links between the Campus, Cambridge City and the immediate surrounding area are very good, during term time, weekly attendance at West Suffolk College (Bury St Edmunds) is required and public transport links to WS College may prove difficult to find.

The working pattern is organised on an alternating rota system in agreement with the Building Services team (8am-4pm or 4.30pm or 9am-5 pm or 5.30pm).

Salary - Starting point: £15,236pa. Progression after Year 1: £16,736. Progression after Year 2: £18,009. Progression after Year 3: £19,612.

Future Prospects

The aim of the apprenticeship is to provide an opportunity to join the Building Services Team as a qualified Electrical Maintenance Technician and provide a career at the University of Cambridge.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 21/06/2021


£15,236 per year


This job is located in Cambridge, Cambs

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