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Region: South Shields

Michell Bearings, part of the British Engines Group, designs and manufactures hydrodynamic white metal and PTFE lined bearings for the industrial, commercial marine and naval markets. Operating from a facility in the North East, as well as overseas facilities, the company has a prime focus on the defence, nuclear, power and offshore sectors.

As the inventor of the hydrodynamic bearing over 100 years ago, the company continues to develop its products to meet the changing needs of industries it serves, providing leading product solutions in partnership with its global client base.

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen at our site in South Shields for a Fitter to join our growing business. This position will be on a full time, permanent basis.

Reporting directly to the Assembly Leader, the Fitter will carry out in-process and final de-burring, testing, inspection and assembly activities on manufactured components in order to meet customer quality and delivery requirements.

Duties will include

  • To be involved with the de-burring and dressing machined components, using a variety of powered and non-powered tools in preparation for final inspection
  • To ensure component cleanliness
  • To carry out various testing of manufactured and assemble components, including fluid gravity tests and pressure testing using various methods
  • To carry out checks of the components for adherence to drawings using a variety of inspection equipment including micrometers, surtronics, vernier calipers etc
  • To assist in identifying and utilising the most effective and efficient method of checking components
  • To identify non-conforming items via the company’s NCR system and maintenance of inspection status
  • To record quality data where planned by the company
  • To ensure component traceability/identification is present and correct
  • To ensure documentation is accurate and maintained to a high standard
  • To ensure quality system procedures are being adhered to and are operating effectively
  • To ensure 5S principles are applied to the quality control department and standards are sustained to audit requirements
  • To ensure that you work in a safe manner and comply with the company’s Health & Safety Policy
  • To carry out any other duties not listed above as may reasonably be expected

The person

The successful candidate must be time served in a mechanical engineering discipline with ideally a minimum of 5 years’ experience of working in a machine shop or a similar engineering environment. Preferably they will also have experience of assembly fitting on engineering precision equipment as well as having knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic pipe-work assemblies.

The successful candidate must be able to read and interpret engineering drawings, quality plans and specifications. The ability to use inspection and test equipment are also essential as is excellent IT and communication skills.

They will demonstrate a positive and motivated approach to their work, combined with the ability to organise priorities and meet deadlines.

They must be flexible to travel to various customer sites, both domestic and international and hold a full clean UK driving license.


Working hours are 37 per week.

What we offer:

The successful candidate will receive a ‘new starter’ payment of £375.00 after 6 continuous months of employment and a further £375.00 after 12 continuous months (payment is subject to the terms and conditions of the scheme).

  • Employee assistance programme including WeCare wellbeing app
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car salary sacrifice scheme
  • Holiday buy and sell
  • BE Rewards discounts and cashback
  • Pension scheme
  • Training and development
  • Free on-site parking

Closing date:

27 May 2022

Employment is subject to a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check.

If you do not have an email address, please forward a CV to HR Department, British Engines, Q6 Quorum Business Park, Benton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8BT.

This vacancy falls under our ‘refer a friend’ scheme. If you have been notified of this vacancy by a current employee of British Engines, please choose the option ‘refer a friend’ when stating where you heard about the vacancy.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you have not been contacted within four weeks then your application has been unsuccessful this time