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Workshop Technician

£22,000 - 44,000 per year
South Bermonsey

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Xihelm is developing the first viable automated handwork robot for glasshouse vegetables - revenue opportunity $13.2B replacing seasonal migrant labour like-for-like, firstly the $950M spent picking main tomato varieties - using our own AI computer vision platform, initially as lead in a $1.6M consortium. The CEO worked at Google for 5 years and studied at Stanford.

We've got real challenges to solve. Working as part of a team, you'd look at problems like integrating new robotic arm systems and components, linear actuators, moving platforms, and optimizing them for speed and task-efficiency, validating results in simulation, our workshop and in the field. It's a great opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge machine learning and computer vision too.

This is an exceptional chance to join at the start and help define our culture.

We’re looking for impressive people. Think you can do a health and safety assessment in your lunch break? Come talk to us.

Responsibilities [in approximate most important first]

  1. Ensure all equipment, tools and spares are fully stocked before and during a build - ordering as appropriate any equipment/stock needed, and checking deliveries/logging.
  2. Maintain order in the shelving units, storage boxes and shop floor (e.g. cleaning session every evening after build, e.g. account for everything on-site currently) - including use of forklift truck (we can provide training, a full driving license is a preference)
  3. Maintain and clean equipment in accordance with standards
  4. Using build instructions, build or upgrade elements of robots, and acting as an extra pair of eyes on builds and upgrades
  5. Perform quality assurance on subsystems and new robots
  6. Carry out experiments as designed by HW or Research team, collecting data, recording, and analysing it
  7. Build and maintain testing rigs
  8. Following security and other procedures
  9. Carrying out risk assessments
  10. Sending equipment to site
  11. Operating the field robots (requiring travel) when staff shortages
  12. Demonstrate and train new personnel on equipment



Preferred qualifications
  • Associate level or above in a science discipline
  • Full UK driving license
  • Forklift certification
  • Health & Safety and/or First Aid training
  • Good grades in Mathematics, Science and English at least at school level

SkillsMust have
  • Strong motivation (we want people who aspire to be or remain great)
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English, and a friendly manner
  • A excellent attention to detail
  • Willingness to travel to customer and manufacturing sites in the UK and Europe
  • The existing right to work in the UK (we cannot sponsor visas for this position)
  • High level of independence - whilst training will be provided, you’ll be working by yourself frequently
  • Performed metal-working, machining, and/or fabrication work
  • Organisation skills
Should have
  • Experience working with CAD and 3D printing software (e.g. Fusion360, Solidworks, Cura or similar).
  • Experience working with electromechanical systems (e.g. linear axes, motor drivers, position encoders, sensors)
  • Worked within a lab or workshop setting
  • Used Google Docs/Spreadsheets or Microsoft Office before
Could have
  • Knowledge of Linux
  • Project team background including statistics-based research


Good salary (£22k-44k depending on experience), working with robots, dental/medical insurance, critical illness cover, some travel. Not being micromanaged. Fun team offsites. Smart people.

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