Shift Maintenance Engineer

Thistle Seafoods is looking for mechanical and electrical shift maintenance engineers to join their well-established engineering team.  In this role you will assume responsibility for the mechanical and/or electrical integrity of equipment and will provide full engineering support to the Production Team under the leadership of the Engineering Team Leaders, Engineering Manager and Chief Engineer.

Key Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for planned and preventative maintenance and development of PPM’s where possible.
  • Resolve machine breakdowns to ensure maximum line efficiency of the production process.
  • To assist in maintaining the engineering stores by identifying parts and raising parts requisition forms for repairs and stock replenishment.
  • Ensuring stores booking in and out procedures are being adhered to.
  • Responsibility for ensuring current practices meet Health and Safety and Food Safety standards, and where possible that they exceed requirements. 

Skills/Personal Attributes:

  • A team player with a strong sense of personal responsibility/ownership.
  • A positive attitude and a desire to learn and develop.
  • Have the ability to work effectively within a factory environment and perform under pressure.
  • Complete all engineering work to the highest standard ensuring engineering, quality, safety, and hygiene standards are met. 

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Formal engineering qualification to at least City and Guilds level, ONC/HNC level or equivalent or extensive experience working as an engineer in a manufacturing environment.
  • At least two to three years’ experience in a fast-moving industry.
  • Strong maintenance background with well-developed analytical fault-finding skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of the maintenance of modern processing plant machinery would be preferred.
  • Previous experience of food processing equipment is desirable but not essential.
  • Being proficient in use of mechanical fitting/fabrication and associated equipment i.e., lathe; milling machine; and welding equipment (desirable but not essential). (Mechanical Engineer).
  • The ability to use electrical test equipment, read schematic diagrams with experience in single and 3 phase installations including motors, inverters, and PLC’s (desirable but not essential). (Electrical Engineer).

Hours of Work

Shift Maintenance Engineers work an eight-day shift pattern where four consecutive shifts of 12 hours per day are worked, followed by four consecutive days off, rotating on a fortnightly basis between dayshift and backshift (48-hours per week).  Dayshift is 6.00am to 6.00pm and nightshift is 6.00pm to 6.00am.  

Rate of Pay

£18.30 per hour

If you are interested in this position, please submit your CV with a covering letter to 

**Recruitment Agencies - please do not contact the company regarding this position.  We have an approved Recruitment Agency list and we are not looking to work with any other agencies at this time. **

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