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Contract Mechanical Technician

  • Job reference: 922598
  • Location: Northwich, Cheshire
  • Salary: Up to GBP310 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Oil & Gas, Technicians
  • Date posted: 19/11/2018

To provide support to the Phase 2 Project or Gas Plant Operations & Maintenance Team as and when required.

To contribute to the safe operation of the Stublach gas handling assets to ensure the protection of personnel and the environment.

To carry out maintenance activities and oversee specialist maintenance contract staff in performing maintenance that contributes to the efficient operation of gas assets.

To assist in the mechanical isolations/purging operations for plant and equipment maintenance preparation and associated isolation documentation.


  • Carry out assigned tasks and duties in a safe manner, in accordance with instructions and to comply with safety rules, procedures, regulations and codes of practice.
  • Report all events (personal injuries, equipment damage, environmental and security) to your Line Manager and regularly raise proactive observations to help reduce the risk of an unsafe situation occurring.
  • Comply with site rules and report any breach of safety (incomplete PPE, electrical hazard....) to the relevant person/team on site. Challenge any safety breach. Liaise with members of other teams to share safety information
  • Provide focus on Process Safety across the site.


  • Assist in the securing of the work area by identifying and measuring the risks in work activities and arrange the appropriate safeguards and isolations.
  • Assist in the preparation of mechanical isolations and purging operations for plant and equipment maintenance preparation.
  • Investigate operational issues / system defects to determine the source of the failure and the most appropriate corrective action in order to safely return an item back to operational service.
  • Deliver tasks relating to the first level maintenance on the gas handling assets.
  • Liaise with the maintenance scheduling team to coordinate and monitor maintenance activities in the most cost and time effective manner.
  • Liaise with and oversee maintenance contractors on site to monitor their activities, ensuring safety, compliance and quality of work is maintained at all times.
  • Perform routine testing of operational equipment across the site, ensuring traceability by recording the test results in the Computer based Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Coordinate the delivery and off-loading of chemicals/products/equipment used on site for operational and maintenance purposes.
  • Carry out inspection of mechanical equipment, providing reports and recommendations.
  • Participate in the training of new employees by sharing knowledge of the site operations and equipment.

Skills/ Experience required to perform role

  • Job holder must have an overall awareness of work safety & general HSE knowledge.
  • Ideally a minimum 5 years experience in operations/ maintenance of processing plants/ equipment, preferably within the oil/gas/chemical/COMAH industry.
  • Mechanical technical knowledge is mandatory. Working as an Appointed Person previously is preferred.
  • Takes initiative in problem solving and generates solutions.
  • Communicates with colleagues and Line Managers, sharing information.
  • Communicates with external parties/stakeholders to ensure smooth and safe functioning of activities.
  • Identifies best practice (internally and externally) to deliver continuous improvement actions.
  • Seeks regular feedback from all sources in order to drive through safety and operational improvements.
  • Adopts a consistent approach, checks the quality of work and meets deadlines

Relevant Education

  • Recognised Time Served Apprenticeship (Mechanical) - essential
  • Vocational or technical diploma in a Mechanical related course - essential
  • Qualifications in Process Technology Level 3 or equivalent - desirable
  • Technical qualification in Health & Safety (e.g. IOSH) - desirable
  • Ability to use a CMMS system (Maximo) - desirable

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.