Development Technician

Reporting to: Development Team Leader

Role objective: To carry out and to support the day-to-day lab and fatigue testing of various Brake and clutch components at Alcon Tamworth.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To prepare components for test including component rebuilds, pre-test and post-test dimensional measurements.
  • To set up product, install instrumentation and data acquisition system.
  • To perform a range of product characterisation, structural, fatigue and environmental tests
  • To compile and maintain full records of all tests undertaken,
  • To support and perform data post processing using Excel and other software.
  • To prepare Test Reports using standard templates
  • To carry out booking in, storage and disposal of test parts
  • To carry out upkeep and storage of test fixtures
  • To maintain equipment as scheduled in the TPM Plan.
  • To perform validation of instrumentation against calibrated masters.
  • To maintain 5S standards and keep works areas at a presentable level.
  • To work within the requirements of the Alcon Laboratory Manual within IATF16949 and ISO14001.
  • To support other functions within development assisting with:
    • Vehicle test preparation
    • Dynamometer test activities.
Qualifications HNC in mechanical engineering or equivalent level 4 will be considered.

Work Experience

  • >1 year experience in a product testing environment ideally gained in a mechanical / hydraulic product related industry. And/or
  • >1 year experience in a workshop setting, where there is evidence of a broad range of mechanical skills.

Team skills

  • Good Interpersonal Skills
  •  Strong problem-solving skills to ensure a high quality of testing
  • Ability to organize oneself to ensure priorities are met
  • Able to work to deadlines whilst maintaining focus on the problem to be resolved in a pressurised environment
  • Must be able to work alone or as a team member as appropriate
  • Good problem-solving skills

Team commitment

  • Understand and accept personal Health & Safety responsibilities
  • Self-motivated, self-starter with a hands-on approach
  • Must be able to demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic attitude

Team accountability

  • Logical, careful approach with good attention to detail
  • Must be result orientated with a get things done attitude
  • Must poses individual accountability towards the team

Knowledge and technical skills

  • Experience in testing with electronically controlled data acquisition equipment.
  • Knowledge of operating principles of various test sensors (position/pressure/load/temperature)
  • Use of analysis software for the processing and presentation of data
  • Working within guidelines of a Quality System
  • Experience of brake, actuation and clutch systems would be highly desirable. Must have an understanding of mechanical and hydraulic components.
  • Preparing, performing and analysing laboratory and / or vehicle-based tests.
  • Good PC operating skills, especially all Office applications
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to read 2D (or 3D) CAD in combination with a good understanding of mechanical design
  • Knowledge / experience of aspects of machine automation and / or PLC control would be an advantage


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Rewards and Benefits

Competitive Salary
25 Days Annual Leave Plus Bank Holidays
Pension Contribution
Life Insurance
Eye Care Assistance
Cycle to Work Scheme
Company Events
Wellbeing Incentives
Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Pay
Online GP Service
Employee Assistance Package
Christmas Gifts

Our values

The Alcon spirit is tantamount to believing in the Group’s five founding values – teamwork, performance, quality, communication and innovation – which we have honed throughout our history and tailored to our specific areas of expertise. Our people bring these values to life wherever they come from and whatever business line they work in.

Our people

We’re committed to creating a working environment where our people are able to be at their best. We believe that everyone within our team should have the chance to grow – academically, professionally and socially. Our relationship with our employees is built upon shared values of respect, trust and dialogue.