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Green Biofuels Ireland - Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting Apprenticeship

Green Biofuels Ireland - Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting Apprenticeship

Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting Apprenticeship

This is a medium sized manufacturing facility using the latest computer-controlled process technology based in New Ross, Co. Wexford.

The Role:

The Apprentice Fitter‘s job concerns plant and machinery installation, maintenance and repairs, replacement of broken or worn parts, adjustment, servicing and checking components, machinery and equipment, component replacement.


Parts may have to be fabricated using machine tools, components may have to be repaired or fabricated using welding, brazing, riveting, soldering etc.

Increasingly machines and processes involve integration with computer and electronic operating and control systems with mechanical/hydraulic and pneumatic devices i.e. SCADA, CNC, CAD, CIM and CAM. At the end of the apprenticeship, the craftsperson will be able to demonstrate competence in the following skills:

  • Installation, service, maintenance, fault rectification of process plant, machine tools, power and production equipment
  • Component fabrication by Turning, Milling, Welding, Cutting, Machining, Drilling, Reaming and Pipe Fabrication
  • Machine setting/adjustment of control system elements, including computerisation and system programming


Minimum educational requirements are:  Grade D in five subjects in the leaving certificate.


Previous experience of the following subjects would be an advantage but not essential: Metalwork, Physics, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics and Technical Drawing/Graphics.

As a Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands. An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail. The successful candidate shall have the following skills:

  • Initiative/adaptability
  • Verbal communication
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Planning

Experience and Skills

The following skills will be developed over the course of the Apprenticeship:


Workshop practice including: safe use and maintenance of tools and equipment, marking out, drilling, tapping, reaming, riveting, fasteners, technical drawings and interpretation of 1st and 3rd angle, isometric, oblique and freehand drawings/symbols. Safety - hazard avoidance, good workshop practices, basic first aid, fire extinguishers, electrical shocks, lifting, evacuation, basic thermal processes, pattern development, materials, mechanical handling, light fabrication, environmental protection and rational use of energy.

The following would be an advantage:

  • Safety aware and compliant
  • Interest/initiative in improving process
  • Good writing/record keeping skills (e.g. Maintenance reports- CMMS Update)
  • Good Team Player
  • Desire to develop/improve & multi-skill
  • Chemical awareness with experience in handling and working on chemical equipment and storage.

All enquiries and CV's to be directed to:-  [email protected]