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Maintenance Craftsperson (Mechanical)

Requisition ID:  15341

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  22-Dec-2021


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.


Salary: £27,116  per annum

Closing Date: 31 January 2022



The Role

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


Based within Estates & Facilities you will undertake a variety of mechanical building services engineering maintenance and installation tasks, as well as supporting other E & F teams and trades as required.


You should be qualified to City and Guilds Advanced standard, NVQ level 3 or equivalent and have served a recognised apprenticeship or undergone modern training to an equivalent standard. Working as part of the Maintenance team, carrying out efficient, effective repairs and planned preventative maintenance on all types of plant including heating systems, pipework and pumps, air handling units, ventilation units, plate heat exchangers, hot and cold water, above ground drainage and Knowledge of LTHW heated calorifiers for heating and hot water.


You should be physically fit and active with the ability to work at heights and in confined spaces. A full driving licence is required.


The successful applicant will be required to join our 24hr emergency on call rota, and may occasionally be required to work evening or weekends.

For further information please contact Mr. Martin Elsy, Direct Works Manager, Estates & Facilities, Newcastle University, Drummond Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU martin.elsy@ncl.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities

• To provide a high quality, efficient, effective and customer focused maintenance and installation service to the University, this service is carried out in support of academic, commercial, residential and other university activities

• To carry out a wide range of trade related duties in order to improve the estate infrastructure. This will include but not be limited to Mechanical Building Services both internal and external, such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, hot and cold water systems, fume extract, grey and black water systems. With training, ensure that room environments are adequately controlled by interrogation of the Building Management System
• To carry out Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM) and defect repairs, both routine and emergency to all elements of mechanical building services and equipment, including any appropriate mandatory inspection and testing. Carry out minor installation and improvement works throughout the University’s properties
• Organise personal workloads and supervise any Maintenance Assistants, Apprentices or other staff members who may have been assigned to them as a team. Arrange and gain access to any area of the University in order to carry out the timely repair of defects including the requisition of any required spare parts
• Develop solutions to problems relating to mechanical services systems, carry out a diagnostic approach to the resolution of mechanical defects using the Building Energy Management System where appropriate. This will require the application of technical knowledge and the use of innovative and imaginative thinking. With training, the post holder will be expected to carry out minor electrical works relating to mechanical services
• Carry out isolation of mechanical building services, to enable the issue of isolation certificates and “Permits to Work” received from ESS supervisors (where appropriate) to contractors to ensure their safety. Reinstate supplies after verifying that work has been completed. Liaise with school/services contacts and safety representatives when undertaking works which may affect the normal operation of a system
• Participate in an “on-call” rota outside of normal working hours, covering all of the properties maintained by ESS, ensuring where possible an uninterrupted 24hr/365 day service. Respond to reports of problems and decide on appropriate courses of action, liaise with Security and any emergency services referring to Supervisor’s in exceptional circumstances only
• Ensure the accurate and timely completion of recording systems necessary to assess and account for the processes, actions and procedures carried out by the post holder, 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 revise job specific risk assessments.
• Act as “eyes and ears” to ESS pointing out to their Supervisor’s those systems, installations and plant that they may encounter where working practices may no longer be appropriate or acceptable, or where safety systems may be compromised. Take appropriate action to ensure the safety of themselves and others
• Ensure the above work is carried out in compliance with all applicable legislation, codes of practice, bye laws and health and safety requirements. This is to ensure (as far as is reasonably practicable) 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 COSHH
• Where necessary carry out site or job specific risk assessments to ensure the safety of colleagues, staff, students and visitors to the University. Arrange any documentation which may be required in accordance with the University Safety Management System
• Carry out other duties such as standard plumbing repairs as may be deemed necessary by the Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Officers or Maintenance Supervisors Work occasionally wit external contractors. Co-operate with other sections within ESS to ensure a seamless service



The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


•   Significant practical and theoretical knowledge of the post holders discipline including plumbing
•   An ability to determine the operating principles and develop subsequent fault resolutions to complex engineering plant/systems when failure occurs
•   Time served with demonstrable experience in maintenance, repair, and refurbishment of new buildings and extensions/alterations to existing buildings
•   Experience of working in a University, Hospital or similar setting



•   Basic electrical knowledge and skills
•   Membership of the Water Industry Approved Plumber scheme (WIAPS)
•   Practical and theoretical skills to NVQ level 3 over a greater range of activities that would normally be encountered by such a craftsperson
•   Experience of working on Steam Plant and equipment such as Spirax Sarco
•   Driving licence is highly desirable, post holders may be required to drive a University vehicle for operational purposes
•   Computer literacy would be highly desirable




•   An appropriate City and Guilds Mechanical Craft Certificate or NVQ Level 3 in an Engineering Maintenance discipline



•   Gas qualifications – COCN1, 1CPN1, TCPC1, TPCP1A, CIGA1, ICAE1, CCN1, CEN1 and any other modules deemed necessary to carry out works on University systems
•   An approved water regulations certificate
•   NVQ Level 3 in a pathway outside of their core discipline


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.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 15341