Job Description

Job title:  Apprentice Plant Maintenance Technician
Department:  Workshop
Responsible to:  Workshop Manager
Based at:  Common Road, Stafford but will require travel to client’s sites
Job Type:  Full Time / Permanent

Job summary

Plant fitters repair, service and maintain light and heavy plant equipment. This includes machinery such as bulldozers, cranes, excavators and also smaller items such as air compressors, pumps and generators.

As a new member of a young diverse group of mechanical engineers, you will learn how to fault find/repair and maintain construction/rail plant using a combination of first principles diagnostics and experience.

You will be expected to attend college for 3 years and achieve at least a level three qualification.

Role and responsibilities

  • Supervised periodic servicing: scheduled preventative maintenance and servicing of construction/rail plant.
  • Supervised pre delivery inspections: check and inspect road rail plant to an industry compliant company standard.
  • Inspect documentation to a national rail standard: the inspection of machine related documentation to check its serviceability and compliance with company and industry standards and policies.
  • Using a working knowledge of LOLER assess lifting equipment prior to examination.
  • Supervised machinery and attachment repair with mentored instruction and supervised use of hand tools and equipment, repair road rail equipment and machinery.
  • Travel to site as part of a team of two under the supervision of a mentor and with a valid PTS (Personal Track Safety Accreditation) inspect rail plant as part of a current and live maintenance plan.
  • Replenish fluid levels as part of a pre start checks regime.
  • Engage in an operational training programme for road rail plant: learn to drive 1 Tonne to 45 Tonne road rail plant including dumpers, bulldozers, cranes and excavators.
  • Rotate through all commercial areas of the business to understand plant hire operations, compliance and transport management.
  • Observe question understand and stay safe.

Qualifications and education requirements

  • GCSES English, Maths and ICT to grade 4,5,6 (C) or above are desirable however not essential as Functional Skills are offered as part of the Apprenticeship Framework.
  • It is not essential, however If you have completed any relevant prior training such as an engineering or automotive vehicle technician course this will be looked on favourably.

Behavioural skills required

  • Mechanical and Technical Skills
  • Knowledge of Machinery and Metals
  • Good Computer Skills
  • Good Communication skills
  • Practical with good hand skills
  • A passion for plant or similar machines
  • Ability to work as a part of a team of Fitters
  • Accurate, methodical and systematic
  • Punctual and professional

Additional notes

A.P. Webb Plant Hire is a growing company there are roles within the company that we don’t even know we need yet, as a minimum a hard working fourth year improver apprentice can expect to have his own stocked van, or an equivalent operational apprentice would be required to drive nationwide to site in a smaller van within 3 years.


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