Engineering Maintenance Technician (Electro-Mechanical) - Vitacress

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Job Summary

Location: Chichester PO20 1LJ
Salary per week: £221.15
Working hours: Mon-Fri 07:30 to 16:30, 40 hours per week
Applications in by: 22/09/2019
Interview Date: 26/09/2019
Job Code: EP24638

An Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to start or develop your career with a salaried job and free training.

This is an exciting opportunity at an international company, learning to undertake electrical/mechanical maintenance. You will learn to complete breakdown and preventative maintenance tasks on specialised equipment ensure machinery is running efficiently

Vitacress is the market leader in living and cut fresh herbs in the UK. Our cutting edge herb nursery and packing facility in Runcton builds on our expertise supplying 20 million pots of living herbs and 60 million packs of cut and bunched herbs per year.

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Duties will include:

  • You will be trained in electro-mechanical maintenance gaining the competence to work on all of the equipment and machinery at our Runcton site
  • This will include Heat Generation, Power Generation, Environmental Controls and also Irrigation systems
  • You will learn to carry out routine planned maintenance on mechanical, electrical and electronic production equipment working to planned maintenance schedules
  • Following training and experience you will become capable of diagnosing the causes of faults on a wide range of equipment
  • You will learn how to maintain and update all maintenance and equipment documentation
  • You will identifying possible improvements and assist implementing the companies continuous improvement programme
  • You will always work in accordance with company safety procedures and follow Health and Safety legislation
  • Attend college / PETA and complete coursework on time and to the required standard.

Other information:

  • The company is located in Runcton you must be able to get yourself onsite, on time, reliably
  • This is a production orientated business teamwork takes priority
  • You will need to hold a full driving licence for this position.
  • Following the completion of your foundation training you will move onto a shift pattern
  • There will be a shift element in the future of 06:30 to 15:00 (earlies) 14:00 to 22:30 (lates) with 1 in 3 weekends worked on earlies

Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you will be required to attend PETA’s Havant training centre for off-the-job training. The majority of your development training will be completed with your employer at your place of work. You will be employed whilst you are completing your apprenticeship this will include 18 months of day release training at PETA Ltd where you will complete your Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) qualification. This will include:

  • Producing CAD models (drawings) using a CAD system
  • Maintaining mechanical devices and equipment
  • Maintaining electrical equipment/systems
  • Maintaining electronic equipment/systems
  • General turning, milling and welding applications
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques
  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Conducting business improvement activities 

You will then pass through the foundation Gateway and progress onto your Level 3 development programme and complete:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)

Skills required:

  • Excellent verbal communications skills are required as this job entails daily contact with all shift personnel and the Shift Manager
  • You will have good written communication skills enabling you to complete shift reports.
  • You will be objective and analytical in your approach to problem solving being able to explain problems and how they were dealt with clearly and concisely     
  • Awareness of health and safety considerations.

Personal qualities:

  • Once trained you will be able to work effectively when supervised, with the flexibility to work on your own initiative when required
  • Good eyesight and hand to eye coordination
  • Capable of working in confined spaces
  • You must be able to work flexibly in line with the requirements of the post
  • Commit to further training and personal development
  • You will demonstrate an interest in Vitacress and the wider horticultural industry
  • Willing to work flexible hours including undertaking shift work within the apprenticeship

Qualifications required:

  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs or equivalent (inc Math’s, English, Science) at Grade C
  • BTEC or relevant Engineering qualification is desirable
  • A or AS Level qualifications or equivalents in relevant subject including math’s or science will be looked upon favourably


  • Auto-enrolled into the Company pension scheme after qualification period
  • Free parking on site
  • Onsite canteen
  • Staff canteen
  • Support in developing your career including HNC for the right candidates

Future Prospects:

  • Become a valued member of a highly skilled team
  • Progression and development opportunities
  • Support  through HE qualifications
  • Excellent career pathways for the right candidates
  • Excellent rewards with performance related pay structure

Applications in by: 22/09/2019
Interview Date: 26/09/2019
Job Code: EP24638

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