HGV Vehicle Mechanic

Vacancy details

HGV Vehicle Mechanic

Based at: Nova Way (Avonmouth)

Contract:  Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week (Monday-Friday)

Salary: £26,589 – £29,799 per annum (includes £5,000 pa market supplement)

(Development rate of pay considered if not fully qualified)

Closing date: Friday 21st February 2020

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Avon Fire and Rescue Service as a Vehicle Mechanic working within our purpose built workshop. You will use your technical expertise and skills to provide a critical support service ensuring our emergency operational vehicle fleet and associated equipment are serviced and repaired efficiently and effectively. 

You will carry out preventative maintenance and repairs as necessary, on all firefighting vehicles, cars, vans, pick-ups and other ancillary vehicles including watercraft (Ribcraft boats and Griffon Hovercraft) in accordance with published guidelines to ensure legal requirements are met and agreed standards are maintained. You will also have responsibility for carrying our minor repairs to vehicles and plant bodywork, including painting and finishing to the required standard as well as maintaining relevant records and job cards for all repairs.

If you have a City and Guilds 1, 2 and 3 in Service and Repairs (for Vehicles up to 26 Tonnes) in light and commercial parts (or an equivalent qualification) and have experience of servicing and repairing vehicles up to 26 tonnes this role would be an ideal opportunity for you.  It is desirable to have knowledge of vehicle electrics, electronic circuitry, hydraulic operations and water pump pressure systems; however for the right candidates we can help you develop these skills through specialist training courses.

We also require you to hold a current LGV ‘C’ class driving licence, have strong communication skills, the ability to work on your own initiative and a conscientious and trustworthy attitude to your duties to ensure customer requirements are met.  You will work in a small team with excellent working conditions, terms and conditions of employment, equipment and a purpose built workspace.

If you do not meet all of the essential criteria we will consider appointing on a development rate of pay subject to you achieving the required qualifications. 

Please note, this position will also require on-call working, where you will be required to be available for out of hours for 1 week in every 6 week period. You will receive an on-call allowance.

How to apply:

The job description and application form is available on our website www.avonfire.gov.uk. Applications must be submitted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ.  Alternatively, you can email your application; hr.admin@avonfire.gov.uk. Please quote job reference number 6620.

Job description



Job Title:   HGV Vehicle Mechanic    

Directorate:   Finance & Asset Management

Unit:                Transport & Workshops                                                                         - Human Resources

Post No:     6620/ 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 8

Grade:               H 9



1.     Job Purpose


1.1         To provide a range of technical expertise and skills to ensure the efficient operation of our vehicle fleet, equipment and plant, and those of other clients served by the Workshops Unit.


2.      Background and Scope


2.1.        AF&RS serves the Unitary Authority areas of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with fire stations and office locations in each.  Avon Fire Authority consists of members from the four authorities.  AF&RS’s headquarters is based at Temple Back, Bristol, with area offices in Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yate and Lansdown.


2.2.        In total, AF&RS has twenty three operational fire stations, serving an area of approximately 133,245 hectares with a population of just over one million. AF&RS employs over 1,100 employees, made up of Wholetime and Retained duty firefighters, Control and Support staff.


2.3.        The Finance & Asset Management Directorate comprises the Financial Services, Supplies & Services, Transport & Workshops, Technical Services, Property Services, and Office Services Units. The Directorate is responsible for providing specialist support to the Service to enable it to achieve its corporate objectives, targets and service requirements.


3.      Duties And Responsibilities


3.1         Carry out full preventative maintenance and repair, as necessary, on all firefighting vehicles, cars, vans, pick-ups and other ancillary vehicles including watercraft (Ribcraft boats and Griffon Hovercraft)  in accordance with published programmes, to ensure legal requirements are met and nationally or locally agreed standards are maintained.


3.2         Responsible for testing and carrying out maintenance and repairs to vehicle and plant electrics.  Maintain appropriate records of tests and work undertaken.


3.3         Carry out minor repairs to vehicle and plant bodywork, including painting and finishing to the required standard. 


3.4         Ensure work is carried out and completed in accordance with the requirements laid out in the Workshops Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and to a quality standard required by management, whether in our workshops, on our manned and un-manned Stations, or from mobile units.


3.5         Responsible for maintaining relevant records and job cards for all vehicles, plant and equipment, particularly noting future potential repair requirements. 


3.6         Be aware of and observe standard procedures at all times when working at a manned or unmanned Station.  Notify the Officer in Charge on manned Stations, or Control on unmanned Stations, upon arrival and departure.  If it is necessary to take a vehicle 'off the run', you must notify the Officer in Charge and/or Control and wait for permission before carrying out any repairs. You must also report back to the OIC and/or Control as soon as the repairs are complete and the vehicle is available for operational use. 


3.7         Ensure that the Storekeeper & Administrator (Transport) is advised of all stock items used in his/her absence, from both the main store and the mobile workshops, to enable stock levels to be monitored and replacements arranged when appropriate.


3.8         Where appropriate, to road test vehicles to ensure expected serviceability and roadworthiness before vehicles are returned to our staff or other clients.


3.9         Carry out pre-delivery inspections of vehicles and plant as necessary, before making available for operational use.


3.10      Deliver and collect vehicles to and from manufacturers within the UK when required. Assist the manufacturer in undertaking repairs as necessary, on site, at our Workshops, or at the manufacturer’s premises.


3.11      If required, test safety lines, and service and repair ladders and other firefighting and ancillary equipment, to ensure statutory and Service health and safety requirements are met and that equipment can be operated successfully by firefighters in emergency situations.


3.12      Make sure that the Workshop and mobile workshops are kept clean and safe at all times, with safe means of entry and emergency exit. Adhere to laid down Health and Safety requirements and report potential hazards to the Workshop Supervisors.


3.13      When at work, ensure the security of the Workshop, workshop vans and other vehicles at the start and finish of the day, and of Service buildings and vehicles at other un-staffed locations upon arrival and departure, as necessary.


3.14      Work as part of a Workshop team, supporting colleagues as necessary, to ensure continuity of service and to meet customer needs and deadlines.



3.15      As an employee of AF&RS, we require all staff and supervisors to promote equality and diversity: You must:


·        ensure that, both in your dealings with other employees and with members of the public,   you comply with all aspects of the Service’s Equality Policy and legislation that outlaws discrimination

·       treat members of the public and other AF&RS staff  with  respect and dignity at all times

·       take action on witnessing an act that could be considered discrimination or harassment, challenging it and/or raising with managers.


3.16      Ensure you maintain an awareness of Health and Safety Regulations relevant to the duties and tasks you carry out and report any situations or incidents which could be considered hazardous.  You have a responsibility for your own safety and must not endanger that of colleagues/visitors in the workplace or the public.


3.17      Ensure you perform all duties in accordance with the principles and requirements of Data Protection legislation.


3.18      Carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required in relation to a post of this nature, without prejudice to your right to seek a re-evaluation of the post.


3.19      This Job Description contains only the main duties and responsibilities for this post and does not describe in detail all the duties required to carry them out.


4.      Qualifications & Experience



·         City and Guilds qualification or equivalent for the service and repair of all vehicles up to 26 tonnes.

·         Able to work on diesel/petrol/LPG operated vehicles and plant.

·         A knowledge of vehicle electrics, electronic circuitry, hydraulic operations and water pump pressure systems is required, although this can be acquired following appointment through attending specialist training courses.

·         Able to work to consistently high standards of workmanship and efficiency and maintain an orderly working environment.

·         A current LGV 'C' Class driving licence.

·         Able to work as an integrated member of a compact, skilled team but at the same time use initiative and display a conscientious and trustworthy attitude to your duties, to ensure customer requirements are met.

                Desirable / Advantageous

·         Knowledge and/or experience of a workshop environment..

·        Possession of an IRTEC licence (Initial and five yearly retraining and certification will be provided by AFRS).

·         A lift platform licence.

·         A forklift truck (FLT) licence.

·         A basic knowledge of 12 volt; 24 volt and 240 volt electrics.


5.      Supervision And Work Planning


5.1       You will receive day to day supervision from the Workshop Management Team, under the overall management and direction of the Head of Technical Services. On many occasions you will be working without direct supervision, such as at unmanned Fire Stations or emergency call-outs.


5.2       You will need to use initiative to ensure tasks are completed on time and to the required standard, in accordance with customer requirements. Occasionally you may need to work closely with relevant manufacturers or their agents to resolve maintenance and repair problems.


5.3       You will supervise the activities of the Semi-Skilled Equipment Technician, the Driver/Handyperson, or other staff as allocated, when assisting you with your duties.


5.4       You may be asked to participate in the training and supervision of workshop apprentices and work experience students.


6.      Scope For Impact


6.1         High standards of maintenance and serviceability of our vehicles, plant and equipment helps ensure operational readiness and effectiveness, enabling the Service to achieve its service delivery objectives, targets and statutory performance requirements.


6.2         Repairing and maintaining vehicles and plant for other clients, on time and to the required standard, helps reduce costs and improve the viability and efficiency of the Workshops Unit.


7.      Work Context


7.1         The maintenance and repair of appliances and other specialist vehicles involves working on complex hydraulic and water pump pressure systems, compressors, load sensors, 12 volt, 24 volt and 240 volt electrical systems. 


7.2         Most vehicles have been designed to meet the needs of AFRS; consequently there are no detailed workshop manuals other than for the chassis, engine and transmission. Expertise is acquired on the job, through attending specialist training courses by various manufacturers, and the application of basic technical and fault-finding skills.


7.3         The Service’s and other Clients’ appliances, plant and auxiliary vehicles require a wide range of technical skills covering hydraulic platforms (RHP’s); Aerial Appliances; Telma Retardation Systems; World Series Intarders;  railway  guidance systems on road-rail vehicles; Masti Lighting Systems; Fork lift or other lifting vehicles or plant; generators and compressors; security locking systems; and trailers. In addition, technical skills are required for the servicing of PPV fans; collecting heads; breachings; standpipes; portable pumps and generators.


8.      Contacts


8.1         You will have contact with uniformed staff at Service HQ and other Stations, and with Control staff when at unmanned Stations. You will also need to communicate with other clients (e.g. the Police Authority) as necessary, as well as with manufacturers or their agents. You will be expected to be courteous and convey a positive image of the Workshops Unit and our Service at all times.



9.      Special Notes Or Conditions (If Applicable)


9.1         In exceptional circumstances, and under the authority/control of the Workshop Management Team, you may be required to work overtime, in order to complete a job to meet operational requirements, for which appropriate overtime payments will be made.


9.2         The duties will also involve undertaking an emergency standby and call-out facility for which appropriate payments will be made.


9.3         When working alone at unmanned stations or other unmanned sites, you are required to comply with the Lone Working Policy and related health and safety requirements.


9.4         You will be expected to maintain your competencies, including attending any training courses identified as relevant to successfully carrying out the duties of this post. To ensure you are suitably trained and competent and meet industry standards, AFRS will arrange for you to undergo a periodic assessment by an accredited tester.


9.5         Although based at a specific location, for efficiency we may require you to work from any base within the Service area. This may involve single day(s), short-term secondments, or long term/ more permanent periods, for which we will pay allowances where appropriate.


9.6         You are required to wear clothing suitable to the type of work you are undertaking, which may include AF&RS branded, corporate clothing and protective clothing as deemed appropriate by your line manager.



For the use of the HR Unit only:


 Date approved:    28 January 2015          


 Date effective:       1 September 2004

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