Ocean Career: Ocean Engineering Technician - National Oceanography Centre

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach.

We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.

About the role

As a member of the Ocean Engineering group, you will work within a team of technicians and be accountable for provisioning the safe, efficient and effective operation and maintenance of marine science capabilities; working on the maintenance and preparation of equipment to allow scientists to operate at sea. These include winches, liquid nitrogen systems, lab containers, to name a few. The successful candidate will spend up to 90 days at sea per year which would represent an additional allowance of £12k+. The amount of time at sea is not guaranteed. For this position there is a requirement to attain an ENG1 medical for this role. The successful job holder will also be a holder of a valid passport, with the ability to apply for a US Visa, ESTA or C1D and to be fully vaccinated against COVID19.

About you

You will have completed a recognised apprenticeship or equivalent qualification in mechanical engineering or have knowledge and experience of working within a mechanical engineering field. You should be experienced in the use of conventional workshop machinery, lathes and milling and efficient in the use of hand tools. Ideally you will have knowledge of Hydraulic, Electrical and Pneumatic systems with the ability to interpret technical drawings and diagrams. You will be a self-motivated individual and can manage your personal workload efficiently. You'll have a high degree of initiative and a disciplined approach to problem solving and task prioritisation.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan. We offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.


This position will be based in Southampton.

Additional Details:

  • Permanent
  • Full time (37 hours per week) with up to 90 days sea-going.
  • £29,647 per annum (Band 7)

Closing date:

29 November 2022. This vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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