Mechanical Fitter

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  • Location

    Portsmouth, Hampshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace Manufacturing

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    Up to £19.00 per hour

  • Contact:

    Joanne Edwards

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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  • Client:


Our Portsmouth Client has a requirement for 20 x Production Assembly Operators.

Job/Person Specification

The company is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. Due to a peak in workload, 20 vacancies have arisen for Mechanical Assembly Technicians to work on our communication satellite payloads.

Main role and responsibilities:

To perform mechanical integration activities:
Equipment integration
Waveguide integration
Coax cable integration
DC harness integration and connector mating and de-mating
Structural component integration
Test instrumentation integration (thermocouples, heater circuits and accelerometers)
Wiring activities (crimping)
Use of basic hand tools (torque tools, screwdrivers, spanners, measurement tools and etc.).
Basic engineering hand skills (filing, drilling, tapping, heli-coil installation)
Prepare, apply, handle and dispose of chemical and hazardous substances in accordance with COSHH requirements
Ensuring workspace is kept clean and tidy in accordance with 5S policy
Following tool control procedures
Active participation in continuous improvement activities
Ensuring correct completion of build paperwork for all activities you have performed
Interpreting technical documentation (schematical drawings, wiring diagrams, 2D and 3D General Assembly Drawings, technical notes and integration procedures)
3D model navigation
Support movement and lifting operations using overhead crane and other MGSE (Mechanical Ground Support Equipment).

Shift work:
Shift work and weekend work required.
Successful candidates will initially be on straight days while they are trained (standard day shift 08:00 to 16:00), this is expected to be for a period of 2 weeks for which they will be paid the basic hourly rate.
They will then move to a shift pattern, which varies dependent upon payload, however, the information below is indicative of the more common shifts and their allowances.

16 day pattern (4on / 4off pattern)
4 days (06:00 to 18:00) on, 4 days off, 4 nights (18:00 to 06:00) on, 4 nights off. Hours worked between 06:00 and 22:00 attract shift up lift of 20% hours between 22:00 and 06:00 attract 33% uplift.
Early / Late shift pattern (double days)

The pattern consists of one week of Early Shifts Monday to Friday 06:00 to 14:00 and then one week of Late Shifts Monday to Friday 14:00 to 22:00. The shift pattern has a two-week revolution period. Hours worked between 06:00 and 22:00 attract shift up lift of 20% hours between 22:00 and 06:00 attract 33% uplift.

You may be required to travel to other UK and International sites at short notice. Please identify on submission if this is not an option for you.


HNC or HND in an engineering production or maintenance field

Or / and

Apprenticeship in Aerospace/Space or other high quality production or maintenance field

Essential Experience:

Assembly experience of the following in high quality manufacturing area:

Detailed assembly and integration (equipment and processes similar to, or to the standard required for aerospace industry).
Basic engineering hand skills
Experience using basic hand tools
Tool control
Technical documentation
Handling and use of chemicals and hazardous substances
Harness securing methods
Experience use of Measuring equipment, Vernier Callipers / Micrometre