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Critical Services Engineer

The Estates Division at the University of Cambridge is responsible for the development, management and maintenance of the University estate, along with the provision of a variety of related services, enabling the University to fulfil its mission of excellence in research and education. The Estates Division maintains over 320 University buildings and 400+ tenanted buildings.

A new opportunity has become available for an experienced Critical Services Engineer to join our Facilities team.

As a Critical Services Engineer, you will:

  • Perform reactive maintenance on the mechanical and electrical infrastructure to ensure efficient and safe operation of the electrical power and chilled water-cooling systems;
  • Supervise and assist site teams comprising maintenance team fitters, plant operators and contractors;
  • Undertake routine maintenance activities for the building fabric and external areas.
  • Respond to emergencies associated with the building services Across the University's estates.
  • Deputise for the Senior Critical Services Engineer during periods of absence and perform duties associated with that role.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience in facility management supervision.
  • Good communication skills to enable you to explain technical issues to end users.
  • The ability to negotiate with suppliers and contractors on delivery dates and costs.
  • The ability to work alone, and as part of a team.
  • General education to A-level standard, ONC, HNC/D or equivalent.
  • BS7621 "Requirements for Electrical Installations. IET Wiring Regulations" 18th Edition certification.

Further information is available in the attached further particulars document. Candidates are encouraged to apply even if not all desirable criteria are met. We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Danielle Darke, HR Co-ordinator by email on

Please quote reference BA29006 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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