Engineering Applications Supervisor

6 days left

£32,958 - £38,183 per year Dependant on experience
21 Sep 2016
02 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Transforming today's technology for tomorrow's world – that is the ethos at Robert Gordon University's School of Engineering. We combine a wide range of expertise in engineering with purpose built facilities and strong commercial links. Working closely with local, national and international companies, we ensure that we continue to provide professional learning that meets the future demands of employers and society. The result is an impressive suite of flexible degree programmes at all levels.

Joining an established team, you will deliver practical teaching activities as part of the School’s undergraduate teaching programmes. You will provide teaching and assessment across a range of modules and to support other associated activities.  Working with the other members of the Engineering Applications Team, academics and technical support staff, your responsibilities will include creating, teaching and assessing a wide variety of material to students at all stages of study according to a busy teaching schedule.

You will need a practical qualification in mechanical engineering, in addition to Extensive practical knowledge of mechanical engineering.  Your experience will include training others and supporting them as they learn.   You will operate to established timetables with a high degree of accuracy and will need to display excellent organisational and technical skills.

You should be able to offer a flexible approach and a responsible, outgoing manner. Acting in a hands-on, student facing role, technical expertise in a range of engineering areas is essential and you should enjoy interacting with a range people especially young adults.

Based in the Sir Ian Wood Building on the Garthdee Campus, this is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, practical mechanical engineer to contribute to the School’s hands-on teaching. Activities are carried out in a dedicated suite of bespoke laboratories and workshops.

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Closing Date: 02 October 2016

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Senior Engineering Applications Supervisor

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To contribute to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses, and in particular, in teaching practical skills in mechanical engineering to students.  There will also be the opportunity to support practical teaching of electrical and electronic engineering to students.


  • Carries out designated teaching (e.g. via workshops, laboratory work, field trips, practicals, etc.) and assessment duties in areas of expertise - mechanical engineering mainly.
  • Participates in the development and preparation of teaching materials.
  • Participates in, and develops material for, schools liaison and recruitment activities, e.g. Techfest, STEM Outreach Programme, etc.
  • Training students and staff in the use of specialised techniques and equipment.
  • Undertakes responsibility for Health & Safety training for all undergraduate students.
  • Assist in the support of student projects.
  • Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students.
  • Develops and maintains expertise in subject areas.
  • Participates in module and subject development and contributes to the introduction of new methods of practical applications.
  • Promotes and markets the School and its courses to local and national clientele (including student recruitment).
  • Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.
  • Actively participates in staff development activities.
  • Establishes and maintains relevant industrial links, as necessary, in order to accomplish the duties of the role.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Requirements

Practical qualification in mechanical engineering e.g. Recognised Apprenticeship (fitter, turner, fabricator, etc.), SVQ Level 3, or appropriate experience in a Mechanical engineering discipline.

Knowledge and Experience

Extensive practical knowledge of mechanical engineering.

Experience of working in a mechanical workshop

Experience of training others, e.g. apprentices, trainees, or demonstrating practical skills and techniques to other colleagues

Experience of safe working practice (Health & Safety awareness, including Risk Assessment)


Qualifications and Professional Requirements

HNC Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.

Knowledge and Experience

Suitable educational in an educational or training environment.

Knowledge of preparing training materials for specific technical tasks.

Good mechanical engineering workshop knowledge.

Good time-management, organisational & interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of Word, Excel & PowerPoint.


Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support

Behaviour 3: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards 

Behaviour 4: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

Behaviour 5: Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

Behaviour 6: Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

See also:
Engineering Applications Supervisor - September 2016.pdf