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Wage: £15,000.00 – £17,000.00 p/a

Hours: Monday – Friday, 37.5 hours per week

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Expected duration: 21 months

Closing date:5 March 2021


PLEASE NOTE: we expect a high volume of applications for this position, so may have cause to close this vacancy earlier than the closing date shown.


Brief overview of the role

  • Terra Tek Ltd offers a wide range of laboratory and in-situ testing required in the construction industry. We are UKAS accredited, and have a thorough and robust system of training and auditing. We operate solely in the Geotechnical area within the Aston Clinton Branch. This is divided into three departments: routine, specialist and site testing.

Vacancy description

  • Key duties will include all parts of basic routine geotechnical testing, from sample preparation, to testing and processing of the results. Tests carried out in the laboratory cover a wide range of activities including but not limited to determining moisture and densities of soil samples, constituent particles, strength and shear characteristics using various calibrated test equipment and apparatus and following published industry standards.
  • Similarly, in-situ testing can involve attending clients’ development sites and performing a range of testing in the field. Typically, this consists of following documented test procedures and using calibrated test equipment to determine the condition of the material at ground level. This can include measurements of moisture content, density, strength, settlement under pressure etc.
  • Full training on test activities will be provided.
  • Due to increased demand, we are looking to expand our operations and grow our geotechnical team.



Desired skills

  • Ideal candidate should be computer literate (Microsoft Office) with good verbal and written communication, a good problem solver and a competent level of maths.


Personal qualities

  • Ideal candidate should be well motivated, trustworthy, punctual, organised, with excellent attention to detail and common sense. Excellent work ethics is essential, as the technicians are expected to control their workload themselves and deliver in a timely manner.


Desired qualifications

  • Grade C/4 in GCSE maths, English and Science
  • Driving licence is desirable (for collecting samples)


Future prospects

  • During the time of apprenticeship, the successful candidate will be trained and audited in various aspects of the geotechnical testing operations.
  • Our goal is to create a fully competent geotechnical technician, whom we could offer a full-time permanent position within the team.
  • There is scope to progress to different areas within the geotechnical operations and for promotions through various grades as competence and experience is gained.