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Repair Operator – Whitemetal

Region: South Shields

Michell Bearings, part of the British Engines Group, designs and manufactures hydrodynamic whitemetal (or Babbitt) and PTFE lined bearings for the industrial, commercial marine and naval markets. As the inventor of the hydrodynamic bearing over 100 years ago, the company continues to develop its products to meet the changing needs of industry; providing bespoke product solutions in partnership with its global client base.

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The role

The successful candidate will be part of the Customer Support Repair Team and will be responsible for ensuring that bearings are refurbished and assembled in accordance with quality procedures and customer requirements.

Duties will include

  • Apply whitemetal and repair whitemetal to various bearing components such as thrust pads, journal pads, journal bushes, baffles etc. in line with the associated quality and customer requirements.
  • Fitting and bedding activities in compliance with safe working practices.
  • De-burring and identification of components in line with the associated quality and customer requirements.
  • Strip down and survey bearings and associated equipment in line with company procedures.
  • Ensure that all work is carried out efficiently and accurately recorded on the shop floor data collection system.
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with the associated shop orders/work-to lists and within the standard hours provided.
  • Demonstrate that planned inspections and tests have been completed with satisfactory results recorded and/or identified on the necessary paperwork, as defined by the OPC requirements.
  • Ensure that the correct drawing is used and the appropriate tooling or inspection equipment with the correct calibration status, are selected.
  • Co-operate with management and others to ensure the company complies with current legislation, health and safety codes of practice on safe working and environmental requirements.
  • Assist in ensuring that good housekeeping standards are maintained (5‘s system).
  • Ensure quality standards are maintained throughout all activities of control.
  • Comply with relevant departmental and company procedures.

The person

The successful candidate will be time served in a mechanical engineering discipline and have fitting and machining experience in the whitemetal industry, including applying and repairing whitemetal faced bearings.  Candidates should also have knowledge of materials, in particular metals, and experience of using various national standards as well as knowledge of foundries, forges and fabrication shops. The candidate must also be competent in working safely with compressed gases and be competent in the use of oxyacetylene gas torches. They must also be able to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications and capable of developing an understanding of hydrodynamic bearing repair procedures.

Candidates should demonstrate a positive, innovative and motivated approach to their work, combined with the ability to work under pressure and within time constraints, along with the ability to organise priorities and meet deadlines whilst being a good team worker and contribute to the ongoing performance of the department.

An HNC/HND would be an advantage and a full UK driving licence is essential.

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