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Test Engineer

Date:  24-May-2023

Bristol, GB

Job Function:  Operations
Business Unit:  Plasma Technology

At Oxford Instruments, we enable the world’s leading industrial companies and scientific research communities to image, analyse and manipulate materials down to the atomic and molecular level. At Plasma Technology, we provide tools for the engineering of micro- and nano-structures, with customers using our process solutions to research and produce materials and semiconductors vital for everything from medical devices and diagnostics, to electric cars and quantum computers.


The Opportunity

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our Test Team delivering fully tested high-tech, cutting edge products.  You will develop new capabilities and work on some of our most complex system configurations. For this role you will need a strong engineering background and a high level of technical skills and knowledge.


Key Responsibilities (but not limited to):

  • Deliver a fully functional tested product, strictly following the test procedures
  • Take ownership for the product allocated to you and proactively seek resolution of any issues
  • Ensure test procedures are strictly and efficiently adhered to and that all documentation is fully completed, accurately supports test results, and signed off
  • Consistently deliver against target times
  • Actively support test time reduction through Continuous Improvement principles  
  • Drive improved product quality through data capture (FRACAS), ensuring faults are accurately reported and provide adequate detail to support analysis and effective corrective action
  • Proactively support the Test Team Leader to achieve on time delivery against manufacturing plan
  • Support initiatives to improve quality, Health & Safety, build / test cleanliness and 5S within the test department and associated areas 
  • Support customer pre acceptance visits
  • Actively promote 5S principles within the test department
  • May be required from time to time to visit customers sites to support install /commissioning of systems

About you:

Essential unless otherwise stated:  

  • Time served Electrical apprenticeship or City and Guilds part 3, or qualified to HND, HNC, or BTech level 3 (electrical)
  • The ability to strictly follow test procedures and accurately report test results against established standards
  • Capable of accurate and speedy diagnosis of faults to component level
  • Vacuum and/or RF experience
  • Understands quality and Health and Safety implications of test procedures
  • Able to investigate and analyse problems and suggest solutions
  • IT literate
  • A self motivated team player; able to operate with the minimum of supervision and communicate clearly with employees at all levels
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, pace and energy
  • High degree of customer focus
  • Suggests ideas, commits to seeing through change despite setbacks and obstacles to improve day-to-day tasks
  • Willing to travel when required.

You will be employed to work on a rotating shift pattern.  Each working week consists of 4 shifts of 8 hours and one of 5 hours.  Currently the shifts are Early (starting at 06:00hrs) and Afternoon (starting at 14:00hrs).



In addition to a competitive starting salary, Oxford Instruments also offers structured career development opportunities, a good work-life balance, private healthcare, a share incentive plan, 25 days annual leave, half-days on Fridays, a defined contribution Group Personal Pension Plan, and a flexible benefits package that you can tailor to your own requirements.


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and would ask you to get in touch if you are concerned about any barriers you feel you may be facing in your application process with us.


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