What is the purpose of the role?
We are seeking a mechanical and electrical technician to ensure that all equipment at our sewage treatment works are running safely and efficiently using proactive and reactive maintenance methods. You will inspect, maintain, fault diagnose, test, install, modify or repair electrical & mechanical plant equipment. Working within the maintenance team you will follow robust planned maintenance, getting involved in minor installation projects, electrical fault finding and emergency breakdown repairs to ensure our plant operates all year round.
What makes this role unique?
Working outside you will be presented with unique challenges on a daily basis, whether it is using your expertise to diagnose a fault, or removing large objects to prevent plant damage. You will gain experience on a wide range of plants and equipment some of which are innovative investments providing exciting new experiences. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced mechanical and electrical maintenance technician to join the UK's largest water company and join the operations team, working across the eastern Thames Valley area.
What will this role involve?
Examples of equipment that you will be working on will be various pumps and associated control gear, 3 phase motors, starters and controls, electronic control systems such as VSD's, automatic valves and penstocks, flow, level and pressure measurement, programmable logic controllers, variable speed drives and controls, chemical handling and dosing equipment.
You will form part of a multi-discipline team, carrying out scheduled planned maintenance work on mechanical and electrical equipment in compliance with company procedures in order to minimise plant breakdowns.
You will investigate plant failures and carry out repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to avoid interruptions to the process.
This may involve investigating and diagnosing complex faults and carrying out repairs during incidents.
You will be expected to provide technical advice, making reference to up to date technical knowledge, and provide training or support for technical trainees if required.
Participate in a stand-by rota following the relevant training.
What are we looking for?
You should be a time served apprentice with significant experience of electrical systems working in a "true multi-skilled" capacity. Previous experience in an electrical apprenticeship, ONC/HNC in engineering, NVQ or C&G level 3 in mechanical engineering with an upskill qualification in mechanical NVQ2/3 is crucial. Ideally you will have been upskilled with a mechanical qualification to allow to inspect, maintain, fault diagnose, test, install, modify or repair mechanical and electrical plant equipment in a safe and efficient manner. For individuals with mechanical or electrical experience only, we will look to develop the right people to dual skilled status. Knowledge and awareness of health and safety issues are crucial. The work will require physical fitness; as you will work in confined spaces with successful completion of the appropriate training. Participation in a 24/7 out of hours' standby rota will be required after a suitable period of training and assessment. A valid driving licence is essential and all necessary equipment such as vehicle and tools are provided.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is based out of Reading Sewage Treatment Works and you will be eligible for a company van. Depending on experience and/or qualifications you will be receive a basic salary from £30,000 to £34,000. Our competitive salary package includes up to 28 days annual leave, generous pension scheme whereby the company will match twice of what you contribute up to 12% company contribution, life insurance of 8 x salary, annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps. We also offer 2 paid volunteering days per year. You will have the potential to earn casual overtime (double time in some circumstances) and you will be paid extra as part of the 24/7 out of hours' standby rota to ensure the service we provide to our customers always comes first.
About Thames Water
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 21/05/19.