Geospatial Technician

Tyne and Wear
£29000-33000 + competitive package
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CarmichaelUK is working in partnership with Newcastle University to recruit for a  Geospatial Technician in their Civil and Geospatial Engineering Department.
As a Senior Geospatial Technician you will be responsible for providing technical support for academic staff, research staff and students within the Geospatial and Civil Engineering Laboratories and Facilities in the School of Engineering. You will be supported by a Technical Team Leader and will have opportunities to develop and learn new skills in University Geospatial Facilities.
We are extremely keen to hear from people with a can-do attitude, from a Survey, GIS, Geography or Civil Engineering background, who have a passion in providing technical teaching and research support to Geospatial activities at Newcastle University.
As a Geospatial Technician, you will be:
• Responsible for the day-to-day operation of specific facilities or items of equipment. To undertake fault diagnosis, testing, repair, calibration and preventative maintenance on instrumentation under the role’s responsibility.
• Responsible for the disposal of hazardous materials according to standard University procedures. Ensure compliance with relevant safety procedures including relevant risk assessments. In conjunction with the Team Leader and School Safety Officer monitor compliance with all statutory and local safety arrangements.
• Train and advise staff and research students in appropriate techniques and good practice to ensure that they are able to carry out their work in a safe manner. To provide supervision and training for postgraduate and undergraduate students and occasionally, for other technical staff using the facilities to ensure safe working practices are followed.
• In conjunction with the Academic, Research, other technical staff students as appropriate, identify consumable and equipment requirements and initiate their ordering according to the School and University purchasing procedures. Keep financial records of any activities as directed by the technical team leader.
• Undertaking general duties for the issuing, specifying and control of stock items and tools, whilst assisting to maintaining adequate stock levels for use.
• Contributing to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and/or laboratory audits.
• Providing classroom-based support (planning, preparation, and independent delivery) for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional  practical teaching in Surveying, GIS, RS, and other forms of geospatial surveying
• Leading practical and computer classes in geospatial engineering science (including Surveying, GIS, And RS), and provide individual (face-to-face and online) student support in these technologies. To develop new practical and computer lab material for this teaching at all levels, and to have general responsibility for maintaining related equipment, including survey instrumentation.
• Delivering and supervising, in conjunction with other staff, undergraduate residential field courses and field/project work in Surveying, GIS, RS, and other forms of geospatial surveying.
• Responsible for maintenance of field equipment and software for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) remote sensing, and support its use in teaching, research and engagement activities, including piloting. To be responsible for compliance with legal requirements for UAV operation and maintenance.
• Responsible for maintenance of field equipment and software for terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and other forms of ground-based geospatial surveying including GNSS, and support its use in teaching, research and engagement activities.
• Maintain and expand personal knowledge and skills in Surveying, GIS, RS, and other forms of geospatial surveying, including the state of the art in equipment, software, and other technology, to ensure that the School remains at the forefront of these fields.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:
• Broad knowledge of topographic and engineering surveying or GIS and remote sensing
• Capability to acquire advanced technical skills in GIS, and the maintenance and operation UAV remote sensing platforms and sensors, laser scanners, and ground-based surveying equipment including GNSS and Total Stations
• Demonstrable fieldwork experience and/or Further/Higher Education study involving surveying, GIS or remote sensing
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Numeracy and basic statistics
• IT skills including data/file management and use of common office software
• Experience of working independently and also in team environments.
• HNC/Level 4 Qualification in an Engineering related subject, for example GIS, remote sensing, surveying/geomatics or a related field (e.g. civil engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, computing science, physics, physical geography, Earth sciences) or proven track record in a similar role