Trainee Operations Technician

Lincoln, Lincolnshire
£18,516 - £18,887, Full Training Will Be Given, Possibility to progress to £23,953.
01 Apr 2022
24 Jun 2022
Job role
Engineer, Technician
Contract Type
Full time

Trainee Operations Technician

Highways and Transport

Highway Engineers

Lincoln, LN2 2LQ

£18,516 - £18,887, Full Training Will Be Given, Possibility to progress to £23,953.




Lincolnshire County Council have an excellent Entry Level opportunity available Trainee Operations Technician to work in our Laboratory and Site Testing team. Full training will be given. 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 and Transportation Department 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.

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

About Our Offer

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 (£21,269 - £23,953).

Our employment package is excellent and benefits include:

  • 37 hours basic week + overtime as and when required.
  • Excellent pension scheme.
  • Training and Development opportunities.
  • Free car parking
  • Work wear provided

Further details can be found in our rewards and benefits brochure.

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 we are not interested in qualifications, however you will need to possess good literacy, numeracy and administration skills with the ability to write legibly 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).

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 24/04/2022 and interviews will be held on or after 10/05/2022.

A Smarter Working Employer

We have embraced new ways of working and hybrid working between home and work will be a feature of this role. You will be given a nominated contractual work base and you will be required to commute to this work base when necessary.  Working arrangements including regularity of home and office working will be discussed as part of the appointment process.

Our technology platform and equipment is very good enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely. We require that you have in place good connectivity, and we will discuss during the recruitment process if support with this is needed.


Please be advised that this position may be subject to a criminal record check.

All candidates are advised to read the attached job information pack prior to making an application.

On occasion we receive significantly more applications than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. 

We operate a talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for equal positions.

Lincolnshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.