Trainee Operations Technician
  • Employer: Lincolnshire County Council
  • Reference: 17718
  • Published: Tue 17/01/2023, 15:01 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/02/2023, 15:01 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours
  • Salary: £20,441 - £20,812, Full Training Will Be Given, Possibility to progress to £25,878.
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Lincolnshire, Lincoln

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Trainee Operations Technician

Lincolnshire County Council have an excellent Entry Level opportunity available within the Highways Service for a Trainee Operations Technician to work in our Highways Laboratory and Site Testing team. You will be conducting testing of construction materials both out on-site and in the Laboratory to ensure compliance with specifications and workmanship requirements. This position would suit an individual with a keen interest in science or engineering who enjoys a varied work environment. 

About The Role

Lincs Laboratory is a specialist in-house service of the Highways Services of Lincolnshire County Council.  The laboratory is based at Riseholme on the northern edge of Lincoln and has a varied workload which includes construction materials testing, pavement and geotechnical investigations, highway condition surveys and the capture and analysis of traffic data.

The Laboratory is UKAS accredited to ISO17025 and we are committed to providing an efficient, competitive and high-quality service to the County Council and our other clients which include public and private sector consulting engineers, suppliers and contractors.

No two days are the same – one day you could be out driving around the county conducting on-site tests and retrieving samples from highway sites and then the next day testing them in our purpose-built Laboratory.

We are not a conventional ‘white coat and test tube’ clean laboratory, we are more like an indoor building site! You won’t get too dirty though, as we provide all your work wear.

There will be a requirement to undertake some manual handling of materials with weights up to 25kg so a level of physical fitness is required. 

The role may involve working some additional hours, including some weekend and night working for which enhanced rates will be paid.

Full training will be given and you will have the opportunity to obtain a nationally recognised qualification. This is a career grade position and upon successful completion of our structured training and development programme there is scope to progress to the post of Senior Operations Technician at Grade G5 (£23,194 - £25,878).

About You

This position would suit an individual with a keen interest in science or engineering who is keen to take on a varied and rewarding role. Working in the laboratory is a good introduction to a career in the Highway industry.

For this role you will need to possess good literacy, numeracy and administration skills with the ability to write legibly, record test results accurately and undertake mathematical calculations. You’ll also need to be able to follow detailed instructions and procedures in order to undertake testing activities to British and European Standards and specifications.

Most importantly we are looking for the following qualities;

  • Enthusiasm and initiative.
  • Excellent communication and team working.
  • Practical and pragmatic yet adaptable to change and circumstance.
  • Dexterous to undertake testing work both in the lab and outdoors.

A full and detailed person specification can be found within the Job Description (attached on the LCC jobs site).

About Our Offer

Along with a competitive salary we are offering:

  • A Contributory pension
  • Comprehensive benefits package including excellent discount schemes and cycle to work
  • Flexible working policies
  • Career progression opportunities
  • A generous annual leave entitlement plus the option to buy more

Further details can be found in our rewards and benefits brochure

What Next

For further information on the laboratory please visit our website.

If you would like an open and informal discussion regards this role then please contact:

Sam Vernon via email

PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that your covering letter/personal statement clearly states why you have applied, how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the role as set out in the Job Description (attached on LCC jobs Site) and what you feel you can bring to this role, the team and the wider County Council.

Applications Close on 19/02/2023 and interviews will be held on or after 07/03/2023.

Best of luck with your application. 

How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Please note, we do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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