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Maintenance Engineer

Location: Helsby, with travel to both Bredbury sites
Job Type: Permanent/Full Time

Heat Trace is part of the Global NIBE Group, part of NIBE Element (the world's largest element manufacturer) and represents NIBE in the UK as one of over 60 Group companies that are based all over the world. NIBE is a global group that develops and manufactures intelligent, energy-efficient indoor comfort solutions for all types of properties. This allows our clients to reduce their energy consumption and their impact on the environment. NIBE Element manufactures components and solutions for intelligent heating and control for industry and infrastructure.

Heat Trace is a manufacturing and engineering company with our headquarters and main manufacturing unit in Helsby Cheshire, we also have two manufacturing facilities at Bredbury, Stockport. The prime activity of the business is the manufacture of highly technical heating cables for use predominantly in the oil and gas and advanced processing industries.

About the role:

The role requires experience and ability in both Electrical and Mechanical disciplines with a bias preferably towards Electrical.

Primary duties & responsibilities across all production sites to include:

Hands on troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of cable making and general factory equipment of varying vintage incorporating Inverter drives, DC drives, Temperature controllers, PLCs etc.

Maintenance & development of factory infrastructure systems including Electrical Supplies, Water Systems, Compressed Air, HVAC, Fire protection & IT network.

Installation, relocation and development of existing and new plant and equipment will also be undertaken as required.

There will be opportunities for involvement in equipment specification & design, to improve & enhance production processes.

Organisation and development of a small maintenance workshop.

Development & implementation of planned maintenance schemes including specification of spares inventory & organisation of other personnel carrying out maintenance tasks.

Identification of necessity for, and control of, sub-contract assistance to achieve required goals will also be an aspect of the role.

Close liaison with Production and R&D functions is of key importance to the successful operation of the business.

Ensuring that all work is carried out in accordance with Business Quality and Health & Safety Management System Procedures and appropriate legislation.

The role would suit a self-motivated individual able to work both independently & as part of a team, with a flexible approach to the needs of a small but busy & innovative business.


Accountabilities and Activities:

Ensure that the Preventative Maintenance Plan is maintained, developed, followed, and recorded. Maintaining inventory of equipment spares according to Machinery Spares Lists and experiences of repairs and maintenance tasks.

Ensure that the procurement process for new machinery, services or building improvements delivers the best solution with regards to functionality and value.

Identify, design, procure, install, and commission new equipment and services to continually improve quality, reliability and performance of the company’s processes and products.

Ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with Business Quality System and Health & Safety Management System procedures and with no detriment to company products.

Responsible for the ensuring all equipment and maintenance/repair procedures comply with health and safety legislation including LOLER, HAVS, LEV, PAT, Noise and Radiation Protection.

Key Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Personal Organisation
  • Innovative
  • Creative
  • Initiative
  • Excellent problem solver
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A qualified electrical and/or mechanical engineer with a good understanding of both disciplines is essential.
  • This role requires an experienced, multiple disciplined individual with a varied understanding of manufacturing and machines.
  • A creative, innovative and methodical problem solver.
  • Non-specific experience of IT networking would also be an advantage.

Judgement Skills:

  • Must be able to self-manage, referring to their manager for key decisions.
  • Must be able to determine the root cause of a problem in a methodical way
  • Must be able to identify and assess the potential for improvement.
  • Must be able assist, develop and supervise other Maintenance personnel and apprentices where appropriate.

Freedom of Action:

  • Maintenance Activities
  • Replenishment of spare parts
  • Performance Measurement:
  • Machinery Uptime Targets
  • Preventative Maintenance Schedule attainment


Operates within the production environments of both Helsby and Bredbury/Southside.

Supports R&D department in the development of new products, processes and equipment design and procurement.

Supports Technical Services in the development of new products, processes and equipment design and procurement.

Company Benefits:

  • Cash Health Plan
  • Free on-site parking
  • 20 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, rising with length of service
  • Company events
  • Company pension scheme
  • 5 day company sick pay scheme


In the first instance, please send a covering letter and CV to Nicola Fletcher at [email protected]
Alternatively, please use the postal address below:

Nicola Fletcher
Heat Trace Ltd
Mere's Edge
Chester Road