Multi-Skilled Technician - Estates - 96538

United Kingdom
£23,406.00 - £29,107.00
Dec 19, 2020
Mar 11, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK


Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £23,406 to £25,143. With potential progression once in post to £29,107

Band 500

Full time


Closing date - 2nd December 2020

Department Overview

People are at the heart of what we are and do at the University of Birmingham.

Within the Estates Office,  we are looking to further strengthen our team across a range of roles and teams. We are looking to recruit people whose achievements and skills will contribute to our success and who share our values of collaboration, respect, inclusion, sustainability and professionalism. We welcome diversity and are committed to ensuring everyone is part of an enjoyable and rewarding culture in which they can do their best work.

As a team,  we aim to deliver a world class university experience for the benefit of all students, staff, academics and visitors. We are proud of the role we play in the success of the University, the enjoyment that students, staff and academics get during their time here and ensuring that visitors leave us with the best possible impression of the University.

We operate up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all through the year in order to keep the University running efficiently and effectively, and in recent months have managed to sustain a safe and compliant campus during lockdown and an intensive period of campus re-opening

The University of Birmingham Estates Office is responsible for both the master planning and stewardship of our extensive estate. Our team is made up of over 180 dedicated members of staff, including 10 apprentices studying Mechanical or Electrical qualifications over a 4-year scheme; all striving to deliver a world class university experience for the benefit of all students, staff, academics and visitors. After our staff, our physical estate is the largest single enabler for our world-class teaching, research and providing a fantastic student experience.

Our estate is large and varied covering 672 acres, with over 200 buildings of different ages, complexities, physical condition and use, ranging from grade 1 and 2 listed properties to brand new state of the art learning and research spaces. It consists of two main campus sites (Edgbaston & Selly Oak) along with properties in Stratford upon Avon,  Antsy  (near Coventry), Coniston (in Cumbria), Ironbridge and Dubai. The total gross internal area of the estate is 538,000 m2. 74% of the non-residential estate is in building condition A and B and we typically spend circa £9M on energy and water each year.

We are committed to sustainability and have achieved a 20% reduction in CO2 four years ahead of target and we generate 75% of our own energy via on site combined heat and power plants. Furthermore, we continue to reduce our carbon footprint by 3,000 tonnes per year on average and maintain more than 9,200 trees.

Job Summary

The Multi-Skilled Technician will carry out highly skilled operations in their area of expertise across University campus sites, directly reporting to a Team Leader. It is expected that a multi-skilled Technician will hold full relevant qualifications in either Electrical or Mechanical discipline supplemented by additional qualifications, cross-training or demonstrable experience in the other discipline. Occasionally, the post holder may be required to undertake other tasks outside of their area of expertise, following suitable training. In order to flexibly utilise resource you may be required to work in different areas of the department or wider University and different work patterns.

Where appropriate, the post holder will supervise members of staff e.g. apprentices, trainees, delegating tasks and providing on-the-job training in the use of equipment, materials and machinery. They may also be required to deputise for senior roles, as and when required and oversee others when on call.

Main Duties
  • Determine what maintenance operations are to be carried out in a specified area and when these tasks should be completed within the overall programme of maintenance activities.
  • Undertake multi-skilled maintenance operations across a designated area of responsibility.
  • Undertake and take ownership of assigned maintenance tasks.
  • Take ownership of allocated work and see the task through to satisfactory completion applying best technical and Health, Safety and Environmental practice.
  • Interpret and work from verbal instructions, drawings, specifications and technical manuals including online systems and portals.
  • Select and use appropriate tools and equipment for the task being undertaken, ensuring maintenance of associated equipment including stock levels.
  • As appropriate to your specialism, diagnose and (where possible) repair faults appertaining to the maintenance of the University estate, escalating more complex faults to line management.
  • Coach others to acquire skills and experience, including demonstrating standard work tasks and giving guidance for improvement.
  • Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, understanding the inter-relationship between trades and supporting the work of other trades as and when required, including knowledge-sharing.
  • Supporting the 24-hour on-call system to cover emergency breakdowns outside of normal working hours if and when required to do so.
  • Ensure work records are kept updated at all times to ensure effective monitoring of progress.
  • Ensure that Health and Safety regulations, Codes of Practice and safe working procedures are understood and are adhered to at all times. Ensure that all supervised staff are aware of and adhere to these procedures.
  • Maintain a commitment to personal development, including learning new techniques and trade practices in line with evolving technology and legislative H&S requirements. This may involve attendance in training courses.
  • All employees within the Estates Office are expected to uphold and promote our five core values and behaviours of collaboration, respect, inclusion, sustainability and professionalism.
  • Support equality and value diversity, including: (a) challenging bias prejudice and intolerance if appropriate or bringing it to the attention of a manager; (b) moderating own behaviour to avoid unfair discriminatory impact or bias on others.
  • Driving safely whilst obeying all traffic laws and regulations, when driving University vehicles
  • Adhere to University and Estates Office Policies & Procedures
  • To carry out such other duties as required by the Director of Estates or as instructed on behalf of the same.

Person Specification
  • City and Guilds Certificate Level 3 in relevant Electrical installation, or approved equivalent plus qualifications in Mechanical Engineering/Plumbing/Heating OR City and Guilds Certificate in Mechanical Engineering/Plumbing/Heating with qualifications in Electrical installation.
  • City and Guilds Certificate Level 3 in relevant Electrical and / or Mechanical subject
  • NVQ Level 2 (minimum) or recognised and registered apprenticeship/training or significant relevant experience in Electrical and/or Mechanical engineering.
  • NVQ Level 3 (minimum) or recognised and registered apprenticeship/training or significant relevant experience in Electrical and/or Mechanical engineering.
  • Qualified to 18th Edition Electrical Regulations is desirable. Skilled in the hands on repair of all plant and equipment, having the ability to fault find, read drawings, diagnose and repair using their technical knowledge on equipment
  • Skilled in the hands on repair of all plant and equipment, having the ability to fault find, read drawings, diagnose and repair using their technical knowledge on equipment
  • Customer-focussed and personable with a strong attention to detail, ensuring work is completed to the highest standard
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work under pressure, often autonomously, on own initiative
  • Good IT Skills with knowledge and application of MS Office packages
  • Good organisational and time management skills, with an ability to prioritise workload effectively
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to give clear instructions and guide staff
  • Ability to identify and report issues efficiently and clearly
  • Full driving licence is required to ensure that a timely response can be made on call and when on site.
  • Understanding of what equality and diversity is and why it is important, with an ability to identify equality and diversity issues and either address these or bring them to the attention of a manager.

Informal enquiries can be made to Martin Poulton -

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