Ferry Maintenance Assistant (Plant Operator)
Tamar Bridge & Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee seek Ferry Mechanical Technicians to join the maintenance team at Torpoint Ferry. This is a dynamic and safety critical role in a unique environment. Please read all the details before deciding whether the role is suitable for you and what we are looking for. This summary should be read in conjunction with the full job description and person specification.
Background and Staffing Structure:
At Torpoint Ferry we provide a service to approximately 2.5 million vehicles and 750k pedestrians and cyclists per year. Three ferries provide a 24-hour service, 365 days a year and is an essential transport link for the people living in South East Cornwall. The Torpoint Ferry crossing is the busiest estuarial vehicular crossing in the United Kingdom.
The three chain ferries come under Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulations and are in class with Lloyds Register. They are unique vessels offering a wide range of both engineering and operational challenges.
The Maintenance Support and Plant Operator has an essential role in the delivery of the ferry service and works within a technical team of mechanical and electrical technicians, consisting of:
2 x Maintenance Assistants
1 x Storekeeper
1 x Fabricator & Welder
2 x Mechanical Technicians
2 x Electrical Technicians
1 x Lead Mechanical Technician
1 x Lead Electrical Technician
The Maintenance Assistant (Plant Operator) reports directly to the Technical Manager, who oversees the entire maintenance team.
Ferry Maintenance Assistant (Plant Operator):
The primary role will consist of utilising a telehandler and power washing equipment to maintain the slipways in a clean and safe state (working to tide times), using environmentally friendly chemicals, and assist in engineering support activities. You will also be responsible for the management and maintenance of the organisations power washers, lifting equipment, ladders and platforms, and for a range of planned maintenance tasks around the ferries and the shore site. The maintenance team is central to the service delivery and you will be asked to develop innovative solutions to ensure that a safe, efficient and reliable service is maintained, with the minimum loss of service to the public where ever possible.
The Maintenance Assistant (Plant Operator) has a responsibility to ensure the highest standards of health and safety are always maintained, following safe systems of work and risk assessments.
We run a busy 24/7 service every day of the year to deliver a schedule of 1, 2 or 3 Ferries. As the Maintenance Assistant (Plant Operator) you are responsible for assisting the mechanical and electrical technicians to maintain the service of the ferries. Weather conditions can be challenging and on occasion make tasks more demanding.
Salary: £22,974.96 – £23,434.44 inclusive of allowances (based on 37 hrs/week + 5.5 hrs/week contracted overtime) This salary range does not include any pending pay adjustment that may be implemented in support of the voluntary living wage. Salary is paid monthly (in arrears).
There will be ‘call outs’ outside of your normal working hours.
Additional benefits include holiday allowance starting at 23 days (plus bank holidays), generous maternity and parental leave, a competitive local government pension scheme, sick pay, and option to join the cycle to work scheme. All uniform and safety equipment is supplied by the organisation.
The person specification gives a high level of detail of what skills and experiences we are looking for in the successful candidate and how we will shortlist, however in the first instance you must be able to demonstrate:
- Full Driving Licence.
- Telescopic Operators Handling Certificate
- IPAF (International Power Access Federation) Certificate
- 2 years’ experience working with plant machinery.
- A thorough working knowledge of Lifting and Slinging regulations and a good knowledge of Health and Safety regulations.
You should be able to take independent decisions and give clear instructions to colleagues when unexpected events occur. The successful candidate should be able to prioritise their workload and be able to keep clear, accurate records and able to write clear comprehensive reports.
You should be a team player and must be prepared to be flexible to support manning and rota requirements and the variation of tasks that you will be required to undertake while on shift.
The ideal candidate will be keen to develop both their own skills and support the continued development of the organisation.
Successful completion of a medical will be required before a final job offer can be made and this standard must be maintained throughout the period of employment.
If the above sounds like you and you match the criteria, we would welcome your application
Additional Skills / Requirements:
- To occasionally work outside normal working hours on specific tasks as directed by the Technical Manager.
- To respond to out of hours emergency callouts.
Applications will only be accepted on the official application form, letters, CV’s, or other alternative methods will not be accepted. Presentation of the application form is important and may be assessed as part of the short-listing process. Applications should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 09:00 on 17 August 2020
Interviews: week commencing 24 August 2020
To learn more about this exciting opportunity or for an informal conversation please contact Lee Hunt, Ferry Technical Manager on 01752 812233.
If you have not heard anything by 21 August 2020 please assume you have been unsuccessful. We are sorry but due to the expected volume of applicants we are unable to inform people individually or give feedback to people who are not successful in reaching the interview stages.