Materials Technician

For many fans of Formula One, the sport exists between lights and chequered flag on a Sunday afternoon. It begins and ends with the exploits of the drivers on the track. But this is merely the tip of the spear. The reality of modern F1 is that of a complex and intertwined operation, every part of which needs to perform near its limit if success is to be achieved. From the pit crew searching for the ultimate repeatable pit stop, to the inspiration of the designers, the application of engineers and the herculean efforts of an army of fabricators and machinists. Much of our success is thanks to the diversity of thought and spectrum of skill sets held within the team, our ability to recognise unique contributions from individual team members is just a part of why we love what we do.

Job Description

Red Bull Powertrains have an exciting opportunity to be a key part of our expanding Power Unit engineering team. Our open, dynamic environment ensures that everyone can make a valuable contribution and we are looking for a Materials Technician to help deliver World Championship winning Power Units year on year.

Working from our Milton Keynes factory you will be integrated within the Material and Battery Engineering Group of Red Bull Powertrains. Your role will be to support the Materials Team as part of their material development and failure investigation work. This will entail sample preparation, materials testing (hardness, tensile, fatigue), health and safety support, equipment maintenance and stock taking amongst other responsibilities.

Required Experience for the Materials Technician Role:

  • Practical, hands-on experience within a material science laboratory.

  • Knowledge of the operation of standard metallurgical preparation equipment.

  • Ability to prepare metallurgical samples for examination.

  • Experience of writing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures for laboratory equipment.

  • Familiar with the operation of analysis equipment such as SEM, EDX, FTIR, TMA, LFA and DGA.

  • Able to generate material data for use by design, which will involve design and/or manufacture of samples and conducting relevant tests as well as interpretation of the results.

  • Previous experience of the generation of COSHH and Risk Assessments.

  • Methodical approach to problem solving.

  • Practical hands-on approach with ability to self-manage workload and priorities when necessary.

  • Ability to communicate effectively across different areas of the business.

Expected Experience for the Materials Technician Role:

  • Previous experience of working within a Materials Science Laboratory.

  • Working knowledge of different materials, both metallic and non-metallic.

  • Experience of heat treatments and surface treatments and associated sample preparation techniques.

  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as individually.

  • Ability to build and develop the processes, skills and capabilities of the department.

Key Attributes Required for the Materials Technician Role:

  • Can-do attitude and willingness to learn new skills is essential.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to foster strong cross-departmental relationships.

  • The ability to be receptive and responsive to ideas and suggestions from other engineers and colleagues.

Not only is this a fantastic Materials Technician role, it is also a fantastic team to work for. A good salary is just the start, there are many other benefits too such as our bonus scheme, private health care cover, life assurance scheme, company contributed pension scheme, on site gym & fitness classes and free food.

Wed, 17 Jan 2024

Red Bull Powertrains