Multi Skilled Engineer

Organisation: Scottish Canals

Salary: From £42,602.13 including allowances

Location: Ardrishaig

About Us

Scottish Canals are the custodians of the nation’s canal network and surrounding estates. Our vision is to care for and 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 full 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 unique opportunity to be part of our team, help us realise our vision and contribute toward protecting our heritage and ensuring our canals flourish now, and in the future. 

About the Role

We are currently looking for a Multi Skilled Engineer to join our team based on the Crinan Canal.  The role covers the length of the Crinan Canal and is offered on a permanent basis, working Monday – Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm and 8:30-4:00pm Friday.  

Applicants must have served a recognised Electrical apprenticeship, HND, NVQ level IV or other relevant qualification, along with practical experience working within the discipline.

Using technical expertise, you will undertake planned maintenance, breakdown response, fault investigation, repair and improvement works to a variety of equipment, installations, and assets throughout the canal network, both land and water based. 

About the Reward

This role attracts a progressive salary starting at £37,530 per annum, plus 11.25% flexibility and £850 outdoor working allowances. A generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days rising to 30 after 5 years plus public holidays, along with enhanced company sick pay, discounted shopping vouchers, and a contributory pension scheme with up to a 10% employer contribution.

About You

Flexibility and initiative are key as responding to emergency breakdowns is part of the role. The post requires frequent outdoor work, in all weather conditions, working both as part of a multi-disciplinary team, as well as without immediate supervision. You will also be required to participate in an out of hours stand-by system, which attracts additional allowances.


Recognised Electrical Apprenticeship, HND, NVQ Level IV or equivalent in Electrical engineering, along with practical experience working within the discipline.
NEBOSH National General Certificate Occupational Health & Safety.
C&G Wiring Regulations, C&G Inspection and Test, current edition.
Experience working with multitude of the following: Rotating machinery, valves, Electrohydraulic systems, Various Instrumentation, Hydraulic power units, Fluid Pumps.
Previous experience of managing a team. Competent to supervise people who operate and maintain plant/tools and equipment.
Ability to work with technical drawings.
Fault diagnosis.
Full UK Driving Licence.
Good Communication Skills.
Strong Health & Safety Awareness
Computer literate with experience of using MS Office Packages.
Day to day tasks:

Working within your skill set, experience, knowledge, training, and ability deliver the agreed planned preventative maintenance schedule, installations, planned inspections, effective fault diagnosis and repair.
Produce recommendations following inspection and fault investigations, undertaking project design and leadership as appropriate.
Provide business administration support to ensure accurate documentation and recording of all maintenance activities and duties using asset management software.
Lead by example, encourage the team to take responsibility for safety of colleagues, themselves, and customers. Comply with SC Health & Safety policy and defined standards. Undertake risk assessments, report incidents, accidents and near misses. Ensure safe use of appropriate equipment, prepare Risk Assessments and Method Statements ensuring contents are understood and acted upon through appropriate record keeping system.
Working outside to deliver the agreed multi-disciplined works programme, maintaining SC owned M&E plant and equipment across the business unit, working on time and within budget using appropriate resources. Ensure all tasks are completed in accordance with defined standards including legal or statutory requirements. Comply with safety, customer service standards, environment and heritage standards and SCs procedures and policies.
Be Senior Authorised Person (SAP) for your area, verify and carryout risk assessments/method statements, operate Permit to Work and Isolation Method Statement safe systems of work. Assess competency of Authorised Persons (AP) and Instructed Persons (IP). Delegate work to Authorised and Instructed Persons and contractors of appropriate levels of competency under their control. Supervise and control such work to ensure safety procedures are followed.
Retain adequate levels of resources for the multi-disciplined staff e.g. PPE, tools and equipment and where necessary ensure purchase of new resources through Business Support. Take account of the efficiency and sustainability value of existing and new materials.
Provide support to other SC teams in managing operational buildings and associated M&E equipment to required standards.
Responsible for line management and motivation of a team with mixed skill sets. To include recruitment and selection, performance and development reviews, training and development planning, absence management, resolution of employment issues, expenses and overtime management, time sheets, leading team talks and ensuring effective communication of relevant business issues.
When required, participate in the standby rota in order to support delivery of customer service to defined standards, including monitoring of PLC/ SCADA/ Telemetry sites and reaction to emergency situations.
Operational waterway issues can emerge at any time of the day or night, weekday, weekend or bank holiday. The working hours of an Multi Skilled Engineer must be flexible to take account of such emergent issues, including working reasonable overtime as necessary.
Take technical responsibility and control of the works programme and the allocated team members for the multi-disciplined and mixed skill set team activities. Ensure that the team completes planned works efficiently and safely.
Ensure that rota cover is provided, and response is available to meet needs of the organisation.
Comply with SC Health & Safety policy and Safety Standards. Carryout risk assessments, method statements, toolbox talks and safety meetings with the team. Complete, review and action incident, accident and near miss reports.

Application Deadline: Sunday 31/03/2024