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Fab Lab Technician

Come and join our fab Fab Lab team!

 

Since we opened our doors in October 2016, the Trafford Fab Lab has become a fantastic creative space where people can learn, share and be inspired to test out their ideas and bring them to life using a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology.

 

Fab Labs were first launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the concept has now grown to a worldwide network of 400 labs where anyone can make just about anything.

 

Trafford Fab Lab in Altrincham town centre has attracted over 4,000 visitors so far, including inventors, makers, creatives and businesses of all sizes, and new visitors discovering the space every week.

 

We’ve now got an exciting opportunity for two part-time Fab Lab Technicians to become part of this great story.

 

The person (experience, skills, qualifications, qualities).

You will:

  • Be working towards a qualification in / and or have a background in manufacturing, engineering, or a product design based subject
  • Excellent knowledge of electronics would be an advantage
  • Have experience of digital fabrication processes and machines
  • Have extremely good people and customer service skills
  • Knowledge of Arduino-based applications
  • Experience in product design

 

The role will involve:

  • Helping The Manufacturing Institute’s Fab Lab achieve its targets, outputs and impacts.
  • Fab Lab administration and infrastructure support – supporting the Fab Lab Commercial Operations Manager and Fab Lab Team Leader in the day-to-day running and management of the Fab Lab on open access days, providing first-line technical support and maintenance for on-site IT infrastructure to ensure optimal operation of the Fab Lab.
  • User support – provide technical support to Fab Lab users on processes, equipment and electronics on open access days in order to maximise the users’ utilisation and experience of the Fab Lab.
  • Housekeeping – carry out day-to-day maintenance and cleaning duties in the Fab Lab to maintain a tidy, clean and safe working environment and prolong the useful life of Fab Lab equipment and materials.
  • Open Days – help to manage open days including machine booking, user payments, dealing with telephone and email enquiries, monitoring stock levels.
  • Fab Lab volunteers – provide technical support to volunteers in their Fab Lab training.

The Package:

  • Working hours: Saturdays 08.00am – 16.00pm
  • Salary circa £18k pa (pro rata)
  • Fixed Term Contract until 30th November 2018

 

How to apply:

If you would like to learn more or apply for this position please forward your CV and a covering letter to Catherine.hook@manufactuinginstitute.co.uk

Closing date: January 26th, 2018.

 


Fab Lab Team Leader

Come and join our fab Fab Lab team! 

 

Since we opened our doors in October 2016, the Trafford Fab Lab has become a fantastic creative space where people can learn, share and be inspired to test out their ideas and bring them to life using a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology.

 

Fab Labs were first launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the concept has now grown to a worldwide network of 400 labs where anyone can make just about anything.

 

Trafford Fab Lab in Altrincham town centre has attracted over 4,000 visitors so far, including inventors, makers, creatives and businesses of all sizes, and new visitors are discovering the space every week.

 

We’ve now got an exciting opportunity for a Fab Lab Team Leader to become part of this great story.

 

The Person  (experience, skills, qualifications, qualities) :

 

You will:   

  • Have a background or interest in design (graphic and product)
  • Have extremely good people and customer service skills
  • Be a proactive and keen problem solver
  • Be equally at home working both independently, and unsupervised, or as part of team
  • Have hands-on management and supervisory experience and be entrepreneurial in your approach
  • Be experienced using Fab Lab or similar equipment  – 3D printing, CNC machining, Laser Cutting – (either professionally, academically or as hobby)
  • Be comfortable delivering entry-level training programmes e.g. How to 3D Print, How to Laser Cut, How to Shopbot.
  • Be someone with drive, ambition and vision of where you want to be and what you want to achieve longer term.   ​

 

The role  will involve   :

 

Operations Management  

  • Day to day management of operations of the Lab, Stock control and purchase of materials, Machinery – bookings and maintenance, Housekeeping – ensuring the lab is clean and tidy and fit for purpose
  • Commercial work – design and prototyping

 

Staff Management 

  • Management of staff– 2 direct PT employed staff, a team of volunteer and contract staff. Staff rotas, holiday, sickness, appraisal and performance management.

 

Event Management

  • Design, plan and manage events, projects, workshops and training programmes within the Fab Lab to ensure that it achieves high levels of utilisation and that all targets are achieved or exceeded.
  • Manage attendance at events e.g. MOSI Maker Fest,  mobile Fab Lab activity, outreach, etc.

 

Funded Contract Management  

  • Funding requirements – production of engagement figures and financial updates for Trafford Council. Stakeholder management – Trafford Fab Lab Advisory Board, managing any funded contracts of work ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget.

 

Policy & Procedure 

  • Create, maintain and ensure adherence to all policies and procedures governing the use of the Fab Lab to ensure efficient, effective and safe operation.

 

Health and Safety 

  • Ensure that the Fab Lab is fully compliant with legal, regulatory and insurance-defined health & safety requirements and that all health & safety policies and procedures are adhered to without exception.

 

Website and Social Media management

  • Update Trafford Fab Labs digital assets including website and social media.

 

Reporting Finance 

  • Petty cash, banking, weekly sales reports, monthly financial updates for the management team.  ​
  • TFLA Advisory board – attendance at board meetings, quarterly report circulation, regular updates via Hack

 

The Package:  

  • Working hours: Tuesday - Saturday 08.00am – 16.00pm
  • Salary circa £25k pa
  • Fixed Term Contract until 30th November 2018

 

How to apply:  

If you would like to learn more or apply for this position please forward your CV and a covering letter to Catherine.hook@manufactuinginstitute.co.uk

Closing date: January 26th, 2018.  


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Event information Following the EU referendum, growth in UK manufacturing has been one of the few bright spots in the UK economy. But manufacturing businesses face a looming strategic challenge to the bottom line – the ability to recruit, retain and train their workforces. The revenue investment in this aspect of the business is very significant in most companies and the competitive implications of getting the investment right are critical. So FDs and CEOs must take a leading role in collaboration with HR professionals. Brexit will magnify recruitment and retention threats. The supply of young, economically active and trained workers is already beginning to slow. Any changes to freedom of movement rules following exit negotiations will intensify challenges, negatively impacting all areas of UK manufacturers businesses. And manufacturers already face considerable threats to the bottom line from these factors too: Demographic challenges. The average age of UK manufacturing staff has climbed. It is not uncommon for the over-40s to dominate the workforce. With many looking for a better work/life balance, strategies must be developed to support flexible working and phased departures to encourage retention beyond retirement age. The introduction of the apprenticeship levy. At present accessing the funding available is something of a minefield. Large companies who pay the levy and small companies who want to access the funds are suffering equally and it is restricting training budgets as a result. Changing the perception of manufacturing. The sector has often failed to promote itself as a dynamic and modern environment to work in. Communicating the role of digital advances in manufacturing, such as robotics, as well as product innovations are key to changing the negative perceptions of potential younger recruits. So how can you navigate through these problems? Our manufacturing industry experts will provide advice and guidance to help you maximise your return on HR investment, and the event will also provide you with an opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of other manufacturing companies. As usual with our business members events there will be plenty of opportunity for networking with other delegates and learning from each other’s experiences, as well as a Q&A session with our speakers.
Come and see one of Europe’s most advanced truck assembly facilities, and talk to the people who make it a success, during our upcoming OpEx in Action workshop at Leyland Trucks. Our OpEx in Action workshops are perfect for anyone who has already attended one of our Shingo Discover workshops and are keen to refresh or deepen their understanding of how the Shingo Model can be applied in a real working environment. The workshop includes three extensive Gemba walks which will be assessed against the principles of the Shingo Model - Culture, Continuous Improvement and Enterprise Alignment. Following the Gemba walks delegates will be required to feedback their observations focused around strengths and opportunities to the senior management team on site who are always keen for visitors to steal their best ideas and improvements ‘with pride.’ Leyland Trucks, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PACCAR Inc., employs 800 people and the company’s future development is focused on the use of leading edge applications of information technology in all aspects of truck design, manufacture, procurement and logistics. Delegates will also be able to see how Leyland’s EWI works – electronic work instructions in a paperless environment – and learn more about Leyland’s lean journey and cultural change. The OpEx in action workshop at Leyland Trucks is on 28th March 2018 coating £395 per delegate .
The Workshop: ENABLE builds upon the knowledge and experience gained at the DISCOVER EXCELLENCE workshop and takes you deeper into the Shingo Model™ by focusing on the principles identified as Cultural Enablers: Respect Every Individual Lead with Humility Cultural enablers make it possible for people within the organization to engage in the transformation journey, progress in their understanding and, ultimately, build a culture of enterprise excellence. Enterprise excellence cannot be achieved through top-down directives or piecemeal implementation of tools. It requires a widespread commitment throughout the organization to execute according to the principles of enterprise excellence. The Host Site Our Shingo Cultural Enablers workshop at world-leading global medical devices company Boston Scientific in Cork, Ireland, is an essential follow-up to our ever-popular Shingo Discover workshops. Over two days delegates will look at the cultural enablers of the Shingo model – which are ‘Respect for Every Individual’ and ‘Lead with Humility’ – and take a much deeper dive in to why they are so important. Delegates will also enjoy an extended Go, Look, See around Boston Scientific which has been on a lean journey for the last 21 years and won the Shingo Prize in 2016. The 30 acre Cork site, which has 890 employees, manufactures a diversified portfolio of medical devices for distribution across the globe. The team there produce 5.7m devices a year including catheters, occlusion coils and microspheres, inflation devices and atherectomy devices, which positively impact seven lives every minute. The cost per delegate for the Cultural Enablers workshop on March 13th and 14th is £950 with discounts for multiple bookings.​​​​​​​

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20 Stamford New Road
Altrincham
WA14 1EJ

0161 928 0809
hello@gmfablabs.co.uk

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Fab Lab Altrincham
20 Stamford New Road
Altrincham
WA14 1EJ

0161 928 0809
hello@gmfablabs.co.uk

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