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Laboratory Technician / Test Engineer

Location UK-Bracknell


We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic team-player to join our Mechanical Testing team working in a quality-controlled laboratory environment providing mechanical testing services in support of research and development.


As a key member of the Mechanical lab, the expectation would be to take a hands-on approach to our testing and problem solving and be an integral part of all solutions.

The selected individual will be responsible for processing and validating test data, tracking test severity, ensuring customer needs are being met, communicating with the Mechanical Test team to ensure productive and efficient testing, representing Afton Chemical at industry meetings and always looking for ways to improve our testing and efficiency.


The role will involve mechanical testing covering fluid performance in application areas such as:

  • Gear testing
  • Friction testing
  • Filtration testing
  • Hydraulic testing
  • Radial seal testing
  • Shear stability testing
  • Extreme pressure testing
  • Lubricity and wear testing


Why Afton?

As an employee, you will join the Afton family and enjoy the benefits of working in a truly friendly and supportive environment. We are a global corporation but consider ourselves as the world’s biggest small company.

We offer a competitive salary and a range of attractive benefits to support you, not least a genuine opportunity to develop your career and the support needed to do that.

We do ask our employees to work in the office, because we value face to face interaction and when you go home, we want you to switch off. That doesn’t mean we’re not flexible, ask one of the many Afton employees who have been here for 20+ years!


  • Maintain safe work practices and adhere to all safety regulations.
  • Run mechanical tests accurately and precisely in line with departmental needs.
  • Comply with all ISO and quality system requirements with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
  • Maintain productive relationships with team members, internal and external customers.
  • Prepare written technical reports and make oral presentations internally and externally as necessary.
  • Potential to develop into a supervisory role.


Education & Experience Minimums

  • Minimum of two years experience in a testing environment, preferably in automotive, fuels, or lubricant testing.

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • BS degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
  • Experience with design, construction, and commissioning of test cells, rigs or other research tools is highly desirable.
  • Experience with hydraulic testing and/or system/component design.
  • Experience with PLC programming/mechanical control.
  • Solid understanding of PID control.


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