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Maintenance Assistant

Requisition ID:  24696

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  17-Nov-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £20,761 per annum


Closing Date: 16 December 2022


The Role


Estates and Facilities are looking for an experienced & reliable Maintenance Assistant to join their dynamic team in day to day maintenance across the University.


Based within the Estates and Facilities Service you will undertake a variety of planned preventative and general maintenance and installation tasks, as well as supporting other E&F teams and trades as required.


You should be literate and numerate to NVQ level 2, demonstrable experience in a similar role would be desirable and manual skills in a wide range of building, electrical or mechanical disciplines are essential. You will have excellent customer care and communication skills and be willing to attend training as required.


We need people who can work at heights and in confined spaces and a full driving licence is essential.


You may occasionally be required to work unsocial hours or weekends.


For further information please contact Mr. Martin Elsy, Direct Works Manager, Estate Support Service, Newcastle University, Drummond Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU.

Key Accountabilities

  • To undertake basic maintenance work to an agreed standard, in compliance with industry standards
  • To ensure that the work carried out is in compliance with all applicable legislation, codes of practice, bye laws and health and safety requirements to ensure a safe environment. Be familiar with and understand the requirements of Health and Safety guidelines and University policies and procedures particularly with reference to asbestos and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations
  • To carry out minor works on a range of building fabric, mechanical and electrical services which may include replacing components on interior and exterior lighting outlets, drain cleaning and other planned preventative maintenance tasks
  • Carry out assigned tasks with an appreciation of possible disruptions to minimise inconvenience to staff, students and visitors
  • To have a clear understanding of the COSHH Regulations, particularly with respect to solvent based materials. Ensuring that these regulations are fully complied with when carrying out operations duties and that any concerns or recommendations for improvement in relation to working practices are reported to the Supervisor/Direct Works manager
  • To meet at all times the requirements of tight timescales, service level standards and emergency situations, including where necessary the working of unsociable hours. To work overtime subject to reasonable notice from management and to complete jobs which may require a short period of overtime, when requested by their Supervisor
  • Ensure the accurate and timely completion of electronic or paperwork systems necessary to assess and account for the processes, actions and procedures carried out by the post holder, and to ensure compliance with service level standards and health and safety legislation. Be familiar with and able to work to standard risk assessments and where applicable contribute to the revision of job specific risk assessments
  • To report systems, installations and plant that may be encountered in the University Estate where safety and working practices may no longer be appropriate or acceptable. Take appropriate action to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • Work occasionally with external sub-contractors
  • Carry out other duties as may be deemed necessary by the Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Officer or Maintenance Supervisors

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Manual skills in a wide range of building, electrical and mechanical disciplines
  • Excellent customer care and communication skills
  • Demonstrate experience in maintenance and repair of buildings and mechanical and/or electrical services
  • Able to carry out the duties of the position – regular bending, lifting, and moving around a large building or complex


Attributes and Behaviour

  • A willingness to attend training courses/sessions



  • Literate and numerate to NVQ Level 2



The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24696