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Apprentice Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter




Coolrain Sawmills Ltd.

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Job Description:

Coolrain Sawmills Ltd. is a progressive Irish owned company that since it’s foundation in 1983, has become one of Ireland’s top producers and suppliers of timber products to the Irish and UK markets.

Headquartered in Coolrain, we are part of CJ Sheeran Group which has several manufacturing sites throughout Ireland.

Role Description – Apprentice Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter

The main responsibility of the Maintenance department in Coolrain Sawmills is to ensure the smooth and consistent running of all equipment that is required to keep a modern high-tech sawmill facility up and running.

The work of the Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter involves plant and machinery installation, maintenance and repairs, replacement of broken or worn parts, adjustment, and servicing.

Reporting to the Head of Maintenance, the key outputs and deliverables of the role are as follows:

The apprentice will be required to follow a specific course of training and undergo a series of assessments and exams throughout the apprenticeship which in turn comprises seven phases, three off the job in college and four on the job

Phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 will take place with the employer on our premises here in Coolrain. Phases 2, 4 and 6 will take place off the job in various technological institutes or training centres throughout the country.

The maximum duration of the off the job phases will generally be 40 weeks divided approximately as follows: Phase 2: – 20 weeks SOLAS training Centre Phase 4: – 10 weeks in an institute of technology or college of further education. Phase 6: – 10 weeks in an institute of technology or college of further education.

The total duration of the apprenticeship is four years. This position will be sponsored by SOLAS, the state organisation responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland.

Pay rates will comply with the established SOLAS apprenticeship rates

All applicants must possess the following:

Apprentices must be at least 17 Years of age.
Have at least grade D in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent, but preferably B or above in metal work or science.
Or successfully complete an approved pre-apprentice course.
Or be over 18 years of age and have at least three years relevant work experience approved by SOLAS.
Must pass a colour-blind test.
An enthusiastic ‘hands-on’ individual, with good interpersonal/organisation skills.

Closing Date: COB Jan 14th, 2021.


Permanent / Full-time

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