Marine Mechanic

Organisation: Scottish Canals

Salary: From 34,301.76 including allowances

Location: Falkirk Wheel

Scottish Canals are the custodians of the nation’s canal network and surrounding estates.  Our vision is to invest in the canal network to generate lasting benefit for people and communities; celebrating their industrial heritage, ensuring they offer quality green and blue spaces for people and communities and contribute to Scotland’s resilience in tackling climate change.

Our success is rooted in valuing the contributions of our entire team – we care, we create, and we collaborate to continue to deliver a whole range of activities from boating, paddling, walking, and wheeling to living and playing and improving what the canals have to offer to our visitors and communities.  We also work collaboratively with our partners and stakeholders to contribute to a wealthier, fairer, greener, and more resilient Scotland.

As an employer we offer a truly unique opportunity to be part of our team, help us realise our vision and contribute to safeguarding our heritage and ensuring our canals flourish now and in the future. 

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Marine Technician to join our Destinations team in Falkirk. You will report to the FHB Marine Mechanic/Operations Manager. Ensuring continuity of customer service is maintained to highest degree.  Fundamental to this role is the ability to diagnose and resolve diesel engine, electrical and plumbing problems within the Holiday Boat hire fleet.

The role is offered on a permanent post based in Falkirk at The Falkirk Wheel.  You will work on a rota which will include weekends and bank holidays as well as providing additional standby and call out cover.  With a starting salary of £30,069 (Band C) with a variable hours allowance of 11.25% and outdoor working allowance £850 per anum.

Scottish Canals offer a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days, plus 10 public holidays, along with enhanced sick pay, discounted shopping vouchers, health cash plan and a contributory pension scheme with up to 10% employer contribution.

Primary responsibilities of the role:

Work closely alongside the FHB Marine Mechanic/Operations Manager, supporting them and motivating a team of Bankside Operations Staff.  Leading toolbox talks, ensure effective communication of relevant business issues, adhere to set budgets and associated processes. 
Responsible for maintaining the high standards established for fleet maintenance and inspection, following handover procedures, and keeping the general safety, cleanliness, security, and customer care standards at Bankside in good order.
The role requires to be available for “call outs” to attend the hire fleet in the event of a breakdown.
Support FHB Marine Mechanic/Operations Manager with delivery of the winter works programme for the fleet.
Minimising disruption to customers by adhering to relevant stoppage programmes and procedures.
Lead by example, encourage the team to take responsibility for the health and safety of colleagues, volunteers, themselves, and customers.
Support with delivering on franchise agreements.
Assist organising winter maintenance program of works and boat safety inspections.

Qualifications and knowledge required:

Full UK driving licence.
Qualified engineer/technician. HNC/HND/City & Guilds or equivalent qualification in Mechanical, electrical, or marine engineering.
Diesel engine knowledge.
Diagnose faults and repair, working unsupervised, carry out repair efficiently & effectively.
Follow procedures and maintain systems.
Painting experience.
12volt & 240volt system experience.
Plumbing Knowledge and fault-finding skills, preferred.
Hydraulic system knowledge, preferred.
Steering & propulsion systems, preferred.

Skills and experience required:

Self-motivated, work on own initiative
Team player, good communication skills
Excellent customer care skills.

Qualities & abilities required:

Flexible working / weekend working. On call cover. Holiday cover
Work in a clean, tidy, and organised manner.

Scottish Canals reserve the right to close this vacancy before the closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Application Deadline: Sunday 19/05/2024