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Kildare County CouncilKildare€752.37 - €870.85 per weekFull-time

The Competition The purpose of this recruitment campaign is to form a panel for Kildare County Council from which permanent and temporary posts as Fitters may be filled as vacancies arise.

The Candidate It is desirable that candidates demonstrate through their application form and at the interview that they have: • Has relevant experience to be able to efficiently carry out the duties/responsibilities as detailed above. • Has good communication and interpersonal skills • Has the ability to work independently or within multi-disciplined teams • Understands the role of the Fitter • Has a good standard of education that will enable them carry out work which may be assigned, including the keeping of records and the submission of reports. • A sound understanding of Health and Safety Processes as they apply to this environment • Self-motivated with a record of demonstrating initiative and ability to use judgement in a workplace environment • Flexibility in terms of working hours as the duties can involve working outside of normal hours as required • Good public service values and ethics

Duties and Responsibilities The employee will carry out such duties as may be assigned to him by the Workshop Foreman, Machinery Yard Superintendent or other authorised personnel, subject to the terms of the Productivity Agreement for Craftsmen. The successful candidate will be based at the new Machinery Yard, Naas, be available to work in other parts of the County, and will be required to maintain and repair vehicles, construction plant and equipment, pumps and treatment works within the County. On taking up duty they will be required to possess a standard set of tools for use in connection with their duties. The employee shall perform duties as may from time to time be assigned to you them in relation to their employment and as may be appropriate to any particular function of the local authority for which the Chief Executive is responsible and carry out such instructions as may be given in relation to the performance of their duties.

The duties shall be as such as will be assigned by the Supervisor Foreman, Machinery Yard Superintendent or other duly authorised person. The person appointed shall give to the Local Authority such appropriate services as may be required and shall include, inter alia:

A non-exhaustive list of duties is provided below: • Inspect vehicles and plant, and related equipment, determine and carry out necessary maintenance work on vehicles and plant, including, welding, body repair and use of diagnostics equipment; • To assess items of plant for repair and decide in consultation with the Supervisor Foreman the course of repair; • To follow industry best practice methods when carrying out repairs; • Undertake fitter duties both on and off site, including roadside breakdowns, as required; • To ensure that all workshop equipment is kept in a clean, tidy and serviceable condition; • To report all accidents and incidents as soon as practicable to the Supervisor Foreman or Machinery Yard Superintendent. • To report immediately to the Supervisor Foreman or Machinery Yard Superintendent the circumstances of any inefficiency or unsatisfactory work or service in his/her charge; • Implement and fully comply with the Safety Health and Welfare systems of Kildare County Council; • Be responsible for the safekeeping of all workshop equipment and spare parts; • Carefully maintain records, on all maintenance and repair work performed, and fully adhere to any management system that is in place by Kildare County Council; • Respond and be available for to out-of-hours service callouts (including Bank Holidays and National holidays) as instructed by the Supervisor Foreman, Machinery Yard Superintendent or other authorised person; • To assist and liaise with other County Council Departments on works and emergencies; • To accept the introduction of all new plant, equipment and machinery and to be flexible in the use of same; • To co-operate and participate in new work systems including the keeping and updating of all records in book and/or electronic format; • Attendance at training courses will be mandatory, e.g. safety training, etc. • To be available, during emergencies, to respond to requests for assistance outside of normal working hours; • Carry out any other relevant duties or instructions which may be given from time to time as assigned by the Supervisor Foreman, Machinery Yard Superintendent or other duly authorised person. Qualifications Character: Each candidate must be of good character.

Health: Each candidate must be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Education, Training and Experience etc.: On the latest date for receipt of completed application forms, candidates must: (i) Have a good standard of general education; (ii) Have completed and passed all phases of a recognised apprenticeship in HGV Mechanics or Construction Plant Fitter; (iii) Have a minimum of 3 years recent experience in Heavy Goods Vehicles or Construction Mechanics; (iv) Have a current Class B Driving Licence; (Class C Driving Licence to be attained during Probation Period) (v) Have previous experience in: • Satisfactory work experience in the maintenance and repair of diesel truck engines and machinery and petrol engine vehicles, machinery and Light Commercial Vehicles; • A high degree of mechanical, fuel, electrical and electronic diagnostics and the use a wide range of basic and specialised tools, including the latest in diagnostic equipment; • Satisfactory work experience with transmission systems, steering, breaking and suspension systems; • Experience in vehicle electronics, pneumatics, and hydraulics and their integration with transmission, electrical and other vehicle systems; • Experience in carrying out twelve week full vehicle inspections and inspection sign-off’s; • Safety, Health & Welfare at Work and maintaining health & safety records. • Recording plant maintenance and repair records. • Working on own initiative in a demanding work environment.

Also it would be preferrable to have experience/knowledge on the following: • Working with Road Construction Equipment; • Knowledge/understanding of surface dressing systems; • Experience with Winter Maintenance Equipment; • Experience in light fabrication and welding. • Experience working with water pumping systems (knowledge on different types of pumps and pump configurations). • Experience on Services, Repair and Pre CVRT inspections on Light Commercial Vehicles.

Please supply copies of any certificates, diplomas or degrees you may have with the application form

Particulars of Employment The Post The post is wholetime (i.e., 37 hours per week) and appointment may be permanent or temporary. Location Kildare County Council reserves the right to assign the successful candidates to any premises in use by the Council, now or in the future. The person appointed will be required to report to their place of work by their own means of transport and at their own expense.

Commencement Kildare County Council shall require a person to whom an appointment is offered to take up such appointment within a period of not more than one month and if they fail to take up the appointment within such period, or such other longer period as the Council in its absolute discretion may determine, Kildare County Council shall not appoint them.

Working Hours Normal hours of work will be from 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Monday to Thursday and 8.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on a Friday. A Local Productivity Agreement applies from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on a Friday. The Council reserves the right to alter your hours of work from time to time. You will be required to work overtime on various occasions for which payment will be made at the appropriate nationally agreed rates. You will be expected to co-operate with on call arrangements where required. All hours of work will be subject to and recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 and the Organisation of Working Time Act (Regulations) 2001

Reporting Arrangements Fitters report directly to the appropriate supervisor in the Section or to any other employee of Kildare County Council as the Director of Services or other appropriate employee may designate for this purpose. A system of regular appraisal will be operated during employment, which will involve discussions between the employee and the line manager regarding performance and conduct.

Probationary Period of Employment Where a person is permanently appointed to Kildare County Council, the following provisions shall apply – a) there shall be a period after appointment takes effect, during which such a person shall hold the position on probation; b) such period shall be twelve months, but the Chief Executive may, at their discretion, extend such period; c) such a person shall cease to hold the position at the end of the period of probation, unless during this period the Chief Executive has certified that the service is satisfactory; d) the period at (a) above may be terminated on giving one weeks’ notice as per the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts; e) there will be assessments during the probationary period.

Remuneration The present weekly scale is:- €752.37 - €774.41 - €827.37 - €832.85 - €838.24 - €843.69 - €849.13- €854.56 - €860.00 - €865.45 - €870.85

On appointment successful candidates will be placed on the first point of the salary scale. Appointment to a higher point of the salary scale may apply to candidates employed elsewhere in the public service, subject to verification of service history. Remuneration is paid fortnightly by PayPath directly to the employees nominated bank account. The current wage pay cycle may be revised during the period of employment. Remuneration is subject to all statutory deductions, e.g., P.A.Y.E. and P.R.S.I. Increments are paid annually subject to satisfactory attendance, conduct and performance and national agreements. Increments may be withheld if performance, attendance and/or conduct are not satisfactory.

Superannuation & Retirement A person who becomes a pensionable employee of the County Council will be required in respect of their Superannuation to contribute to the Local Authority at the appropriate rate. The terms of the Local Government Superannuation (Consolidation) Scheme 1998 as amended or the Public Services Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 or the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme & Other Provisions) Act 2012 will apply as appropriate on appointment. Retirement age for employees is dependent on their relevant contract of employment, with due consideration being given to the rules of the Superannuation Scheme to which they belong. • For appointees who are deemed not to be “new entrants” as defined in the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, retirement is compulsory on reaching 65 years of age. • The minimum retirement age for “new entrants” to the public service as defined in the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 is 65. There is no mandatory retirement age. • Effective from 1st January 2013, The Single Public Service Scheme applies to all first-time new entrants to the public service, as well as to former public servants returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks: - Retirement age is set, initially, at 66 years; this will rise in step with statutory changes in the State Pension Contributory (SPC) age to 67 years in 2021 and 68 years in 2028. - Compulsory retirement age will be 70.

Annual Leave Granting of annual leave, payment for annual leave and arrangements for public holidays will be governed by the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and the nationally agreed annual leave scheme for the sector. The annual leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December. The current leave entitlement for this post is 25 days including Good Friday.

Residence The person holding the office must reside in, or at an address convenient to the Local Authority, as approved by the Chief Executive.

Outside Employment

The position is whole-time, and the officer may not engage in private practice or be connected with any outside business which would interfere with the performance of official duties.

Code Of Conduct/Organisation Policies Employees are required to adhere to all current and future Kildare County Council codes of practice including Code of Conduct of Employees and all current and future organisational policies including, but not limited to Health and Safety, Communications, Data Protection, Equality, Staff Mobility, Attendance Management and Use of Electronic Equipment.

Training Employees are required to attend and participate fully in training programmes as may be decided by the Council from time to time and to apply their learning in the course of their daily working activities.

Health and Safety Regulations Kildare County Council as an Employer is obliged to ensure, so far as it is reasonably practicable the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work of all its employees. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the County Council has a legal duty to exercise all due care and take all protective and preventative measures to protect the Safety, Health and Welfare of its employees. All employees also have a legal obligation under Safety and Health legislation to cooperate with management and not engage in any improper conduct or behaviour or do anything, which would place themselves or others at risk.

Canvassing Any attempt by a candidate, or by any person(s) acting at the candidate’s instigation, directly or indirectly, by means of written communication or otherwise influence in the candidate’s favour, any member of the staff of the County Council or person nominated by the County Council to interview or examine applicants, will automatically disqualify the candidate for the position being sought.

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