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Apprentice - Harvest Specialist


Newtown, RathanganKildare


Cross Agricultural Engineering Ltd.

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Job Description:

Cross Agricultural Engineering Ltd. are currently seeking 1 candidates to enroll in our apprenticeship program for Harvest Specialist. This is full time position with the Beet harvest inb the Winter Months and Grain Harvest in the Summer Months. 

About the Company: Cross is a leading Engineering company who specialize in the design and manufacturing of Farm, Biogas, commercial and food processing machinery. Cross also run a harvest service company installing and offering maintenance to grain dryers around Ireland. 

Apprenticeship program: At Cross we offer a 4 year apprenticeship program with specialization in Harvest Equipment.

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice is awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitter

This apprenticeship consists of four on-the-job phases with Cross and three off-the-job phases in an educational organization. Apprentices will be invited to attend their off-the-training phases in accordance with the SOLAS scheduling system.

This apprenticeship is deemed to be complete when an apprentice has successfully completed all on-the-job and off-the-job phases of their apprenticeship, which is a minimum of four years in duration from the date of registration. 

What is a Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitter

The work of the Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter involves machinery installation, machinery assembly, maintenance and repair, replacement of broken or worn parts, adjustment and servicing. This apprenticeship will specialize in harvest machinery. The work also involves fabrication of replacement parts using machine tools i.e. lathes, milling machines, grinders etc. Components may have to be repaired or fabricated using welding, brazing, riveting and soldering techniques.

All  Harvest Specialist Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitters apprentices will be trained in the following:

Working with a variety of specialized tools - lathes, milling machines, grinders

Working with drilling and milling machines and welding plants

Working on complex hydraulic systems

On board Electronic systems

Interpreting technical drawings and diagrams

Assembling brand new machines according to factory tolerances

Dismantling, Repair/Make and Fitting of new parts when performing machine maintenance

Grain Systems installations and repair

Machine wiring

Electromechanical parts installation

Electrical machine components installation

Pay: At Cross we pay all our apprentices the recommended wage by the ETB (Education and Training Board). A training allowance is paid by the local ETB while the apprentice is attending the off-the-job training.

Trial Period: If employed, all new staff have to undergo a 1 month trail period before signed into the training program. This is to protect the employee and the employer. It gives the apprentice a taste of what he/she will be doing before he/she agrees on taking part in the apprenticeship. It also allows us (the employer) see if you are interested before we sign you into a 4 year job and training program. 


Junior Certificate must be completed

Leaving Certificate is a bonus

Leaving or junior cert Engineering, Tech Drawing (DCG), Woodwork, Physics, Phys/chem are a bonus

Must be 16 years of age or older

No experience required (training provided)

Good communication skills

Ability to read manufacturing drawings is a bonus

Ability to work as part of a team

Past engineering experience is a bonus

Must include Junior Cert results on CV (CV without results will not be accepted)

Must include Leaving cert results on CV if you have completed the leaving cert


Jason Cross 087-7381633


Permanent / Full-time

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