Specialist process technician

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Location: Essex

Type: Permanent

Ref: e20012913


What is the purpose of the role?

We are currently seeking a ICA (Instrument, Control and Automations) technician to support the specialist process controller in ensuring the overall operation of the desalination plant. The purpose of the ICA technician is to inspect, maintain, test or repair as appropriate, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and associated PLC's, instrumentation, control and automation equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Working within the team you will follow robust maintenance plan as well as getting involved in installation projects, fault finding, project commissioning and emergency breakdown repairs to ensure our plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

What makes this role unique?

This opportunity will give the successful applicant the chance to work in a unique team, at the first desalination plant in the UK. You will be presented with unique challenges whether it's using your expertise to diagnose a fault or working with your team to prevent plant damage. You will gain experience on a wide range of plants and equipment some of which are innovative investments providing exciting new experiences. You will receive competitive benefits as well as full training will be given for Health & Safety, technical and processes related to the plant.

What will this role involve?

Carry out unscheduled, emergency and scheduled, planned maintenance work on plant equipment in compliance with company procedures in order to minimize plant breakdowns.

Investigate & diagnose complex faults from plant failures and subsequently carry out repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to avoid interruptions to the process.

Carry out the installations, refurbishment and commissioning of mechanical plant to specification and on time.

Providing technical advice where appropriate; making reference to up to date technical knowledge, and provide training or support for technical trainees if required.

Carry out an assessment of spares and materials required to complete work effectively, where necessary ordering additional items via the Manager.

Ensure the health & safety of yourself, colleagues, visitors and members of the public is excellent at all times.

Participate in a stand-by rota following the relevant training, including confined space.

Providing a daily support function to Specialist Process Controller.

What are we looking for?

Are you a qualified ICA technician? Do you have experience working on industrial plant equipment? The successful applicant will have completed an approved apprenticeship and ideally be qualified to City and Guilds Part 2 or HNC level or NVQ level 3 in instrumentation and control engineering. The ideal candidate will have the ability to read P&IDs and fault find PLC code. We are looking for someone with experience of calibration and maintenance of front line instrumentation; with a good understanding of relay logic and PLC's which will include the management and programming of them. Experience with a switch network, SCADA and profibus would be advantageous. You must have the ability to work with minimum supervision and have knowledge of Health and Safety issues relevant to the industry. You will be prepared to be trained in safety procedures including Confined Space Entry. As you will be using a company vehicle to make your way around the site a full current driving licence is essential. Participation in a 24/7 Out of Hours Standby rota will be required after a suitable period of training and assessment, for which you will receive an additional payment.

Thames Water information and salary details

We are offering a salary of up to 44,275 including OTE depending on experience and qualifications. Our excellent salary package includes a competitive contributory pension and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, child care vouchers, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus many more. Participation in a 24/7 Out of Hours Standby rota of 1 in 4 will be required after a suitable period of training and assessment, for which you will receive an additional payment. All necessary equipment such as vehicle and tools are provided. Please note, working hours will be approx. 07:30 -15.36

About Thames Water

Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.

Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 22/01/2018.