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Mechanical & Electrical Technician (wiring inspection and installation)

Job Purpose

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK's largest charities. We maintain 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country's third largest collection of protected historic buildings - preserving them for future generations. Our waterways are exciting, vibrant places to work.

There are hundreds of examples of mechanically and electrically operated pumps, bridges and locks on our waterways and we've combined modern technology with our historic structures to make them last longer. These include pumps for movement of water, hydraulic systems for bridge/lock operation and mechanical/electrical actuators for operation of sluices, bridges and locks.

As a Mechanical & Electrical Technician on our waterway you will play an important role using your technical expertise to deliver the maintenance and repair works to M&E structures, plant and equipment to protect and enhance the reputation of the network as a valued national asset and the provision of customer service.

Our Gloucester and South West maintenance team require a suitably qualified M&E engineer to assist with maintenance activities to electrical and mechanical assets - specifically hydraulics. As a Health and Safety driven team, 2e need someone capable of isolating incoming power supply/Control panels, performing fault finding within the 400v/240v/24v system, and fixing any potential issues. Many of our M&E Technicians lone work, therefore, we need someone with the appropriate qualifications to perform such work legally.

Ideally you will already be fully conversant with mechanical and electrical isolation methods for safe working and will have the ability to fault find methodically without assistance. The right candidate will be provided with the right training pursuant to his continued development in the role, CTOP®, and will be offered a supportive environment to adapt to our unique work .

Location & coverage

Reporting to the base in Gloucester or Worcester this role will involve regular travel along the regional network.

Occasionally you may also be required to work in other areas of Wales & Southwest.

Residing near these areas will be essential to accommodate the regular travel along regional canal networks.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

This role supports Canal & River Trust's aims to improve safety and increase the number of people using the inland waterways network. Your skills will be used to maintain our waterways infrastructure.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work safely ensuring the safety of others and contribute to safe working in all activities.
  • When required manage volunteers in the delivery of works to ensure they are completed safely and to the correct quality, whilst maintaining volunteer satisfaction and delivery to programme.
  • Support for the delivery of a programme of M&E maintenance and repair works, by staff and assisted by contractors as required, to the ensure the waterway infrastructure is well maintained, whilst maximising customer satisfaction for e.g., repairs and maintenance to structures, automated locks, servicing and repairs to plant and equipment. This will also involve the monitoring of contractor activities when they are working as part of the team.
  • Provide mechanical and electrical support to assist in the resolution of mechanical and electrical situations as they arise.
  • Working under supervision, produce recommendations to minor problems undertaking minor design changes where appropriate.
  • Provide and support the delivery a first level of response for reactive works, always to ensure the safety of customer and the availability of the network.
  • Working to a planned timetable including inspecting, monitoring, and reporting on condition of M&E assets.
  • Provide customer service through operation of the Trust's assets in a safe and timely manner and responding to customer enquiries to maximise customer satisfaction e.g., dealing with customer questions whilst working on Trust business.
  • Always display the Trust values and behaviours.

About you

This role is for an Electrical Engineer with experience and knowledge of mechanical engineering with previous experience for example, working in the water industry, with factory production lines or manufacturing processes where fault finding wiring systems of 400/230/24 volts occurs frequently. We are focussed on fixing an issue first time round and trust you to make important decisions to ensure the equipment remains compliant and fault free.

If you have any experience of fault finding and then fixing a variety of electrical and / or mechanical assets of varying types and sizes, you may well be right for us. We welcome Technicians with valuable experience, for example if you have worked with water plant, pumps, sewage works, hydraulics, production plant, traffic lights, packaging machines, lifts and escalators, automatic gate systems or heating control systems then this job may be suitable for you.

Preferred Qualifications and attainments:

  • C&G2391/2 or equivalent for testing and inspection of electrical installation
  • C&G BS7671 18 th edition wiring regs advantageous.
  • NVQ3/C&G in an Electrical Discipline or
  • Apprentice trained multi-skilled maintenance engineer.
  • Short courses in specific mechanical or electrical courses advantageous.

Work experience:

  • Minimum of 3+ years' experience as an Electrical Engineer is essential & experience of mechanical engineering or a related discipline is highly desirable.
  • Proven experience as a multi-skilled engineer is highly desirable / advantageous.
  • Proven experience with Hydraulic systems and fault finding would be advantageous.
  • Proven experience with Electrical control panel fault finding is essential.
  • Apprentice trained multi-skilled maintenance engineer highly desirable.


  • Knowledge of modern computerised planned maintenance systems
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Full driving licence .


  • Comply with Canal & River Trust Health & Safety policy and defined standards, report incidents, accidents and near misses. Assess the risks and adjust work methods where appropriate. Ensure all equipment (PPE, plant, materials etc.) is appropriate for the task. Consider your own and others behaviour.


  • To be aware of your own responsibilities regarding safeguarding and to support our commitment to providing safe environments and working practices that promote and protect the safety and welfare of colleagues and visitors.

To apply: click on the "Apply for this job" button and follow the process - complete the application form & upload current CV.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact

What We Offer

In addition to your salary of £30,000 - £34,500 (depending on experience), you will benefit from a company vehicle (for work use only), a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, great holiday entitlement and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits, all of which can be found here ( These include:

  • 25 days paid holiday, plus paid Bank Holidays, increasing to 27 days plus Bank Holidays after 3 years
  • Annual £200 personal learning & growth award to spend on any learning related activity - hobbies; aspirations etc.
  • Free access to specialist counselling on a range of issues - health; financial; lifestyle; well-being; domestic & neighbourly matters.
  • Access to a range of employee benefits including - store discounts; boating holiday discounts; holiday purchase scheme.
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave, volunteering for local community project work.

At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust. We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community.

All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job.

When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations. Come and share your passion and knowledge with a team that makes a difference to millions of people every day.

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Mechanical & Electrical Technician (wiring inspection and installation)

Berkeley GL13, UK

Published on 13/06/2024

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