Academy Trainee - Test

This is an opportunity to undertake the day-to-day operation and maintenance of both Production and Development Test Facilities (Rigs and Dynamometers) as determined by the needs of the business. We need you to deliver a professional service at all times and be proactive.

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Job no: 495546
Work type: Student, Fixed Term Contract
Location: Brixworth
Department: Product Validation & Test (Div)



Be skilled at…

  • Automotive Skills
  • System testing skills
  • Basic fault finding skills
  • Mechanical tooling hand skills

Have experience of…

  • Working in a testing environment operating test rigs and dynos
  • Constructing rigs, frames and sub-assemblies
  • Developing processes and procedures
  • Working effectively both individually and within a team

Demonstrate knowledge of…

  • Mechanical and/or electrical principles
  • Internal combustion engines and hybrid systems
  • Health and Safety procedures associated with a test environment
  • Microsoft Excel

Hold these qualifications…

  • Apprenticeship in relevant engineering area (or equivalent experience)



  • An effective team member
  • Supportive of, and cooperative with, colleagues
  • Enthusiastic
  • Quality driven
  • Communicative
  • Organised and accountable


Success in this role will be if you… (deliverables)

  • Operate a selection of both Low and High Specification Test Rigs/Dynamometers, unsupervised, in line with established best practices
  • Load and remove various types of components and configuring Test Cells to conduct both basic and complex tests (Development tests)
  • Carry out routine Test Requests by following established processes and procedures.
  • Resolve any problems using available resources
  • Set up and run complex development tests without a procedure and defining the new test procedures, applying existing best practice principles (via clear and coherent note making) as the test programme progresses.


Component Service

  • Service Test Cells, following a TPM (Total Prevention Maintenance) check sheet
  • Follow procedures to change filters, oil, coolant, components and supporting facility service activities as required.


Component Build

  • Support the construction of rigs/frames/sub-assemblies for test work to appropriate procedures.  Including:
    • Construction of frames – assembling Rexroth-type frames, cutting and assembling framework using the appropriate hand tools
    • Connection of pipework – connecting, removing, constructing and routing of low pressure pipework through Rigs, Dynamometers, Sub-assemblies and Engines
    • Location of suitable mechanical fittings (nuts, bolts, staublii fittings) – Checking the specification, locating fittings from the General and Test Operations Stores.




Additional information…

  • Work in a safe manner, in adherence to all relevant risk assessments and Health and Safety guidance/regulations
  • Continually develop relevant skills - via ‘on the job training’ or ‘job shadowing’ - to enable delivery of a comprehensive and highly competent development and production test service to the business
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with all key stakeholders including managers, engineers and factory/customer teams
  • Adhere to all company/department processes and procedures
  • Maintaining cleanliness of test facility. Clean up spillages, returning tools to toolbox/tray etc.

***This is an entry level position, offered as a 12 month fixed term contract with a salary of £22,000 and statutory benefits***

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