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Wage: £15,000

Hours: 08:30 – 17:00, Mon – Fri, 37.5 hours per week

Location: Birmingham, B6 7HG

Expected duration: 21 months

Brief overview of the role

A full-time position testing mechanical properties of soil. This includes non-engineering description, constituents composition, shrinkability, bulk, dry and particle density, shear strength and others. Technicians will be trained in all three stages of test procedures – preparation, testing and reporting.

Vacancy description

Since formation in 1990, Terra Tek has grown to become one of the largest providers of in-situ and laboratory testing services in the UK ground investigation sector. We are proud to offer a friendly service with integrity.

Our rapidly expanding UKAS and MCERTS accredited laboratories provide an extensive range of routine and specialist geotechnical, aggregate, rock, chemical and on-site testing services.

Our extensive and loyal customer base has been established through our commitment to providing a service which is reliable, efficient, professional, friendly and enduring.

Terra Tek place a high priority on providing our employees with learning and development opportunities throughout their careers. The company places great importance on professional development and there are always opportunities to take part in both internal and external training programmes. Employees are also encouraged to gain professional qualifications to further develop their career.

The Routine Geotechnical Technician role will initially involve routine testing of soil samples with the opportunity to advance to more specialised testing. The successful candidate will report to the Geotechnical Laboratory Coordinator and will be part of an experienced, friendly and efficient team.

Training will be provided in all aspects of testing soil, concrete and water samples from preparing to testing procedure, final reporting and interpretation of data.


Laboratory Testing

Routine laboratory-based testing of materials to BS1377 and other relevant standards. Testing may include the following:

1 Testing of soil for its shrinkability properties;

2 Testing of soil for the presence of different particle sizes by mass;

3 Testing of soil for its bulk, dry, and particle density values;

4 Testing of soil for its shear strength;

5 Processing of test data for inclusion into test reports.

General Duties

1 Regularly performing checks of the equipment used;

2 Cleaning and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Desired Skills

  • Good attention to detail
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Good maths skills and an interest in science

Desired Qualifications

  • Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, English and Science
  • Driving licence

Future Prospects

The Routine Geotechnical Technician role encompasses all aspects of preparation and testing of soil samples. This will provide a good grounding for possibly advancing to Site Technician or Specialist Geotechnical Technician role once the apprenticeship ends.

On successful completion of the apprenticeship there will be opportunities for promotion within the section or in other areas of the business.

Things to Consider

Candidates should be able to commute within one hour.

No certifications or background checks required other than references from previous employers (if appropriate).

Candidates should be physically fit. The role requires standing up all day and regular lifting of objects up to 20kg. Candidates should not have any respiratory problems, this role may require wearing a dust mask for long periods, and the lab is generally a dusty environment