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Band 5 - Mechanical Maintenance Engineer

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 a year inc HCA
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a qualified Mechanical Maintenance Engineer responsible for undertaking planned and reactive maintenance of complex mechanical control systems across the diverse building services of the Trust estate.

Please note You must have the following qualifications:

Recognised time servedapprenticeship, or City & Guilds inMechanical Engineering/Plumbing orBTEC (ONC) in Engineering orequivalent.NVQ3 or above. Or you will not be shortlisted for an interview.

The role is based at Watford General Hospital, however there may be occasions when the role will be required to travel across the other sites.

They will have the ability to analyse complex faults and undertake rectifications to ensure continuity of service.

They will be able to prioritise their workloads, identify potential improvement to operational system and management processes in order to increase departmental efficiencies.

The job:
  • May involve shift working and planned overtime.
  • Will involve on-call responsibilities - you would need to be on site within 1 hour of call out

All staff required to undertake on-call commitments must be able to make their own way to and from the required locations.

Main duties of the job

o Undertake complex trade tasks within your specialist area in support of the Team's overall output.o In support of the other supervisor ensures the day to day efficient and safe working of all engineering plant on site.o To attend to plant breakdowns to carry out repairs and restore the units to service as quickly and efficiently as possible.o To be in attendance and carry out preparation work to facilitate inspections carried out by the Trust's pressure vessel insurers.o To activate changeover of plant and or its safe isolation in the event of a malfunction or breakdown.o To be able to work on all types of air-conditioning plant.o Be fully conversant with all types of belt drives, pulleys and direct drive couplings.o Be fully conversant with all types of pumps.o To be able to work on oil free medical and control air reciprocating compressors and vacuum plant.o To be able to carry out minor installation work of all types of pipe work.o Experienced in hydraulic and pneumatic control systems.

o Is conversant with H.T.H.W. M.T.H.W. L.P.H.W. and Steam Heating Systems. June 2016.

o To be able to carry out minor electrical work such as isolation/connection/disconnection of electrical supplies to all forms of mechanical plant.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.We are a flexible working employerAt West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information. encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Diagnose and repair faults on complex mechanical services, engineering plant and equipment, deal with new situations as they arise and pass on knowledge to others. Carry out both installation repairs and planned preventative maintenance on heating systems, compressors, motors, pumps, heat recovery, ventilation systems and controls. Carry out statutory inspections and testing on mechanical services, engineering plant and equipment, and complete necessary documentation. Safe isolation of mechanical and electrical services, medical gases and natural gas in emergency situations. Assist in the investigation of accidents and dangerous occurrence within the department. Carry out all work in accordance with the departments generic Risk Assessments and non-generic Risk Assessments as and when required. Use all relevant tools, machinery and equipment to comply with current Health & Safety Legislation. Fully understand all relevant general Health & Safety issues appertaining to the relevant trade discipline. Provide emergency recall and undertake on-call duties as part of the on-call team to ensure that emergency repairs occurring out of normal hours are attended to. Work overtime to carry out emergency repairs as required by management.To liaise and work with other trades/disciplines including external agencies (contractors).

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Recognised time served apprenticeship, or City & Guilds in Mechanical Engineering/Plumbing or BTEC (ONC) in Engineering or equivalent
  • NVQ3 or above.



  • Mechanical services.



  • Some post qualification experience in Mechanical services.



  • Written and verbal communication skills in order to be able to liaise with staff at all levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to work on own initiative without close supervision.
  • Use of computer software to input work order data into the Trust Labour Management System.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital

Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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