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Shift Maintenance Fitter

Band 4

Main area
Engineering Estates
Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Shift Allowances)
Job ref
Royal Preston Hospital
£22,549 - £24,882 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Salary period
01/11/2021 23:59

Job overview

So much more than just fixing heating!

We need a great Mechanical Fitter to join our team to help keep our hospital environment safe, operational and supporting the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and visitors – day in day out. No mean feat! We really mean it when we say no two days are the same – it’s a blend of planned maintenance coupled with emergency repairs and everything in between.

Main duties of the job

You will apply a high degree of attention to detail and be precise in the recording of relevant results so we have effective and accurate records.
Most superheroes wear a cape – yet you will be issued with our easily recognisable Hospital uniform and will work as part of a team with five or six colleagues carrying out all manner of planned preventative maintenance, repairs to engineering plant and equipment.

Owing to the skills and experience you possess, this is without supervision as we trust you to be in charge of your own work activity. Many of the repairs will need to be attended to urgently and some aspects of the work can be hazardous but this will be a walk in the park for you.

Working for our organisation

We cannot even begin to tell you what a great place this is to work, with so many interesting and intricate engineering systems that you just won’t find anywhere else – so much different to day to day installation works and working on cold wet construction sites.. You will demonstrate a good working knowledge of mechanical heating/ventilation systems in compliance with all statutory requirements and good practice guidelines – it’s likely you will be able to teach us a thing or two!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with managers, colleagues, contractors and trust wide service users.
  • Liaises with contractors, utility suppliers, professional parties and other service users both during normal working hours and out of hours.
  • Provide operational advisory support to Trust staff and managers to ensure compliance with all safety standards and procedures.
  • Advises the Senior Estates Officer and/or Senior Hospital Staff (Duty Manager on call/Directorate Managers) on maintenance issues as required outside of normal office hours.
  • Respond to estates related incidents and liaise with other members of the Trust’s staff who request assistance
  • Liaise with Wards and Departments to ensure requested work is specified correctly to meet the users’ needs, provided efficiently and completed within the agreed priority response periods. This applies to all work requests including patient critical engineering plant, equipment and building services. 
  • Advises the Maintenance Manager / Engineering Estates Officer (Operational) regarding plant or equipment failure and to request in writing the supply of goods and/or services with reference to manufacturer’s manuals etc.  Maintain stock levels for spares and equipment
  • Carry out panned preventative maintenance inspections and testing to ensure compliance in line with Trust procedure and statutory requirements.
  • Refer to and understand Engineering/Technical drawings, specifications and technical manuals.
  • Assist in commissioning of mechanical services, plant and equipment.
  • Carry out maintenance of complex systems including Steam raising plant (Boilers),condensate& distribution pipework, Heating and DHW systems, pressurised systems, water systems, ventilation & air conditioning systems, building management systems, catering equipment, heat exchangers, plant  and equipment contained within the mortuary and theatres and other hospital fixed plant and equipment
  • Carry out Estates surveys, including monitoring of electrical and mechanical systems to include ventilation, heat raising plant, DHW systems to ensure compliance with required regulations and guidance 
  • Be prepared to work in hazardous areas, confined spaces and on contaminated equipment taking all safety measures to prevent danger, avoid injury and prevent damage to equipment in accordance with Trust policy and safe working procedures. Ensure that Risk Assessments and the use of operational procedures are actioned and observed by all maintenance staff.
  • Identify and prioritise own work load and that of others when appropriate and actively participate in the operation of the performance management information system, including the completion of all paper work required by the scheme in a timely manner.
  • Ensure the security of all plant, equipment and buildings under the jurisdiction of the Maintenance Department. Make sure that any work areas are secure when working. Ensure that plant rooms are locked at all times
  • Assist with, and support the Trusts Engineering Officers in project work, new equipment testing and commissioning, specifications, surveys, costing and other similar duties. Undertake inspections for pre-installations and investigate services which may be required for new equipment and carry out minor installation improvement works
  • Keep plans, electronic and hard copy records, spread sheet statistical data and ensure such records etc. are correct, updated and revised as necessary.


Person specification

Qualifications & Education

Essential criteria
  • • Attained a recognised advanced craft certified qualification (e.g. city and guilds qualification or NVQ level 3)
  • • Relevant credited technical qualification
Desirable criteria
  • • Attained or working towards a technical qualification in a specialist area

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • • Be able to demonstrate competence in the required range of technical aspects applicable to the post
  • • Completed a recognised engineering apprenticeship
  • • Proven ability to understand and comply with detailed procedures
Desirable criteria
  • • Previous experience of working in the NHS or large complex building service installations (non-domestic)
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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Robert Barker
Job title
Interim Engineering manger
Email address
Telephone number
01772 523206
Additional information

Inquires should be addressed to either Mr Robert Barker tel. no 01772 523206