• Title
    Materials Testing Technician
    Requisition ID
    Work Location
    Department / Discipline
    Position Type
    Staff / Permanent
  • Overview / Responsibilities

    Wood Nuclear are currently recruiting for a Materials Testing Technician. The successful candidate will join the Materials Testing team and will be based at our Birchwood Park office, near Warrington in Cheshire

    This is a laboratory-based role, operating mechanical testing machines, to determine materials properties of metals. These tests include operation at elevated temperatures, operation in a radiation environment on active specimens and testing in environmental chambers. The operation of peripheral equipment, analysis of data and some interpretation of results are also required.


    Wood Nuclear includes one of the UK’s leading Structural Integrity businesses, which undertakes research and consultancy on a range of structural and mechanical issues for nuclear power generators and other industries. The predominant activities of the department are a mixture of consulting, research, technical assessment and testing.



    Key Responsibilities

    • Perform mechanical testing activities under guidance from task managers.
      • Tests include tensile, fracture toughness, fatigue, creep, creep crack growth and other bespoke testing activities.
    • Operation of peripheral equipment for recording of data.
    • Follow written procedures and work instructions and maintain accurate quality assurance records for work performed.
    • Completion of tasks to time, cost and quality to meet both internal and external customer requirements.
    • Responsible for the safe operation of rigs and for adopting safe working practices.
    • To work flexibly as part of a scientific team.

    Skills / Qualifications

    • Served a recognised mechanical apprenticeship, or have equivalent experience or have recently completed a degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, e.g. Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics.
    • Experience of working in a Mechanical Testing Laboratory performing one or more of the tests listed above.
    • Experience of operating servo-hydraulic and/or servo-electric testing machines, including associated controllers, data acquisition devices and software
    • Knowledge of the theory behind mechanical testing techniques and International Testing Standards
    • Experience of safety principles and controls within a laboratory environment
    • Experience of operating a test programme under well-defined conditions and to a high level of quality

    Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $10 billion.  We provide performance driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear and general industrial sectors. We strive to be the best technical services company to work with, work for and invest in.


    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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