Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer


Launceston, United Kingdom
Job Type
Dependent upon experience

We are working with a local manufacturers, to recruit for a maintenance engineer to work on a rotating day and night shift pattern. You will need to have had previous experience in a manufacturing environment.

Role and Responsibilities;

  • To work with mechanical and electrical equipment and production systems. Food and Drink Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineers will work with mechanical and electrical equipment plus highly automated programmable control systems.
  • To maximise the benefits of the technology and equipment they work with. Depending on the type of product and plant in the company, engineering activities carried out will include routine maintenance, fault finding and diagnosis, testing and commissioning. They must ensure that maintenance activities contribute to optimising food and drink production levels. To ensure that all maintenance activities are conducted safely, and practices comply with food safety legislation in this highly regulated industry. They must understand the key features of working with consumable products and how they this affects food industry maintenance practices.
  • To work autonomously, taking responsibility for their own tasks and also work effectively in teams.

Knowledge required;

  • Food processing/manufacturing and product knowledge (to meet company requirements eg Dairy/Confectionery/Meat processing)
  • Legislation and regulations in the food and drink industry, including understanding of:
    • Food Safety
    • Health and Safety
    • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Threat Assessment Critical Control Point (TACCP), Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Point (VACCP)
    • Basic principles of sustainability and environmental legislation
    • The impact of customer requirements and demands on the food supply chain
  • The key principles of cleaning and hygiene processes covering both Cleaning in Place (CIP) and cleaning out of place systems
  • The key principles of quality management systems and processes
  • The key principles of Continuous Improvement (CI) Management
  • Materials science, including the key features of raw materials, their uses in food production and types of equipment used to process them
  • Types of best practice maintenance approaches and techniques in the food and drink industry
  • The principles of fault finding techniques
  • The operation of mechanical equipment in the food and drink industry
  • How to produce replacement components
  • The function of fluid power systems
  • The operation of heat exchange equipment
  • The principles of cutting and welding in the food and drink industry
  • Principles of electrical systems, including their uses, safety and legislation
  • Services and utilities knowledge, including the importance and impact of energy management and pollution control in food production              

Additional Electrical Skills:

  • Understand the principles of electrical machines, testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Understand the operation of process controllers within an engineered system
  • Commission and perform maintenance of instrumentation/process control systems
  • Perform maintenance of programmable control systems
  • Understand the requirements of electrical installations

Additional Mechanical skills:

Monitor mechanical equipment in food and drink operations

Repair and produce replacement complex mechanical components to required standards

Produce complex welded joints in a range of positions using a range of different processes

Review welding activities

Skills required;

  • Plan and prepare for maintenance of engineered systems in the food and drink industry
  • Perform first line routine mechanical maintenance, including removing and replacing components, cleaning, lubrication, inspection and fault finding
  • Apply ‘best practice’ techniques, including condition monitoring and proactive maintenance
  • Produce replacement components, using manual and machine processes
  • Maintain fluid power systems
  • Weld stainless steel and other materials used in food production equipment
  • Perform first line electrical maintenance, including testing, fault finding, repairing and replacing components
  • Apply mathematical techniques to solve engineering problems


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