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We are currently seeking a Mechanical Engineer to work at our Reading STW site.

As The Successful Candidate, You will be carrying out planned maintenance on all our Mechanical assets on our various sites. This role will involve at times, fault finding, diagnosing, and fixing critical asset failures.

What you’ll be doing as the Mechanical Technician

  • Working on various pumps, involved in sewage transfer within sewage treatment works as well as smaller chemical dosing pumps and all other mechanical assets on the sewage treatment works.
  • Investigating mechanical plant failures and carrying out repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible to avoid interruptions for our customers. This may involve investigating and diagnosing complex faults and carrying out repairs during incidents. Carrying out scheduled planned maintenance work on mechanical equipment in compliance with company standards and procedures to improve plant resilience.
  • Providing technical advice to the wider team, referring to up-to-date technical knowledge, and providing training or support for technical trainees if required.
  • Participation in a 24/7 out-of-hours standby Rota will be required after a suitable period of training and assessment.
  • Although based in Reading you will be expected to travel to other sites as and when required.
  • Base Location: Reading STW - RG2 0RP.
  • Working Pattern or hours: 38 Hours Monday-Friday plus the inclusion onto a standby rota for which you will receive additional payment.

What you should bring to the role

  • A time-served apprentice with significant experience in mechanical systems. With NVQ or C&G, level 3 in mechanical engineering an upskill qualification in mechanical NVQ2/3 is essential.
  • Experience working on large industrial plant equipment including various pumps within the utility industry would be beneficial.
  • Knowledge and awareness of health and safety issues are essential.
  • A valid driving license is essential and all necessary equipment such as vehicles and tools are provided.

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary up to £36,000 per annum depending on skills and experience.
  • Annual Leave 24 days holiday per year increasing to 28 with the length of service. (Plus bank holidays)
  • Contributory pension – Defined Contribution - Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution.
  • Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year.
  • Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeing.

Who are we?

At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear - to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive. Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it. But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We need to keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part?

Working at Thames Water

At Thames Water, we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life's essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.

We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, backgrounds, and differences that each individual brings.

Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process. Find out more about working at Thames Water.

When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.