Engineering Apprentice - A Mini Crane Hire Ltd - REF: 015

Company overview:

"The company owns and hires out specialised mini 'spider' cranes and other associated equipment mainly into the construction industry, where in most cases it assists in the installation of glazed panels typically in high-rise city-centre buildings. We also offer Contract Lifts where we design and carry out the lifts using our own fully qualified and experienced operators and lift supervisors.

The company is profitable and turns over £5m per year, and operates from two sites, Knowsley (HQ) and Heathrow. We employ 32 people currently.

A new owner has recently taken the business over, and we have started an ambitious program of change and improvement. The employees are genuinely excited by the scale and pace of changes being delivere. The company has plans for growth through quality service and equipment, and opening up new markets.

I, the MD, am really very open in terms of how this person may progress. This engineering role will begin by full involvement in stripping down and refurbishing the entire fleet of floor cranes, SmartLift cranes and vacuum suction units. We are investing in shotblasting equipment to complement our spray booth which was installed late last year. Stripping down and rebuilding each and every piece of equipment is absolutely the best way to learn about the equipment and the bulk of this refurb work will be completed by January 2021. Thereafter, there will be possibilities to train further in servicing and repairing of all equipment including the major spider cranes, or welding, or metal fabrications.

The work ultimately could involve site work assisting engineers with breakdowns or installations. I am even very open to subsequently training this person as a crane operator or lift supervisor if they become interested in the operational side of the business, or even external sales if he/she has the interest and aptitude."

Key responsibilities for the role:

  • Must be able to complete an apprenticeship framework in Mechanical Engineering
  • Learning all about the function and performance of our fleet of equipment (see website for more details)
  • Stripping down and preparing equipment for refurbishment (spray painting)
  • Emails and telephone communications, both internal and external
  • Some cleaning and sanitising locally in the workshop or canteen (note - we do employ contract cleaners)
  • Other basic duties as required

Key skills to be successful in your application:

  • Qualifications required/predicted minimum Maths, English and Science at Grade 4/C
  • Numeracy
  • Good verbal skills
  • Computer literacy (ability to understand and work with a basic database/information system)
  • Good attention to detail, and standards (pride in your work etc.)
  • Self confidence
  • Hands-on ability and confidence
  • Engineering aptitude
  • Ambition
  • Driving licence would be helpful

Location: Academy Business Park, Knowsley (Kirkby)                         
Contracted Hours: 40                    
Hourly rate of pay: National Minimum Wage             

Closing date: Monday 10 August 2020

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