The fast-growing Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park near Coventry is launching a major drive to recruit more than 100 highly-skilled engineers and trainee engineers.
The MTC is recruiting senior research engineers, technology managers, chief engineers and technology specialists to boost its ground-breaking programmes in advanced high-value manufacturing systems and to join its acclaimed training schemes.
The new engineers are being brought in to work on projects at the cutting edge of manufacturing and engineering technology, including advanced 3D printing (the MTC is the National Centre for Netshape and Additive Manufacture research), intelligent automation, high integrity fabrication, metrology, non-destructive testing, manufacturing and engineering simulation, electronics manufacture and advanced tooling.
Last year saw a rapid expansion of the MTC’s skilled engineering resource, but the new engineers are being sought to join the fast-expanding centre which is currently fitting out a new £30 million Aerospace Research Centre jointly funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute and industrial partners.
The new recruits will bring the numbers of engineers at the centre to more than 500. It is planned that this will rise to 1,000 within five years.
The recruitment programme is being managed in partnership with award-winning recruitment consultancy Consilium Group based in Stourport-on-Severn. The Consilium Group recently revealed the results of their Manufacturing Salary Survey which showed that more than half of the engineering and manufacturing businesses in the West Midlands were planning to take on extra staff to meet post-recession demand.
MTC chief executive Dr Clive Hickman said the newly-recruited engineers and trainees would contribute enormously to the capabilities of the centre.
“These are high-skill, high-level engineering jobs and much-needed training places which will benefit the region as a whole, and in particular the industrial partners and SMEs who work with us. They will be working on world-leading machines and equipment, some of which is unique in the UK,” he said.
The MTC opened in 2011 and was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.
The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board).