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Location: Newton Aycliffe, Durham County, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0016781
Date Posted: Sep 28, 2023
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Here at Hitachi Rail we have a superb opportunity for experienced, qualified and driven Plater/Fabricator. This role will be based from our main UK manufacturing site in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham where you will support the operational teams to delivery parts within dimensional tolerances of drawings as well as carrying out welding & fabrication activities of our Rolling Stock Car Body fleet.

As a Plater/Fabricator we require extensive prior experience working in a similar fabrication and/or welding role. This position will be varied working in collaboration with various other internal departments all working in harmony to achieve the overall goal. Hitachi rail operate in a low volume, high value manufacturing environment, therefore it is essential that successful candidates have knowledge of assembling aluminium fabrication for welding, the ability to read and understand comprehensive engineering drawings as well as being able to support welding/fabrication activities including coding welding to relevant TID or MIG standards.

Who we are

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

Why Hitachi Rail?

Here at Hitachi Rail we value the importance of all of our employees, if you would like to join our fantastic organisation you could be entitled to:

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual Performance bonus paid on discretionary basis.
  • 25 days holiday
  • Pension scheme with contributions up to 9%
  • Private medical insurance
  • Personal Accident insurance
  • Group Income protection
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme

We also offer additional perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

About you…

Applicants should be able to demonstrate all of the essential requirements listed below:

Essential Requirements

  • Strong prior fabrication and welding experience.
  • Knowledge of assembling aluminium fabrication for welding.
  • Reading a WPS for joint preparation details.
  • Ability to read measuring equipment, tapes, telescopic measuring sticks etc.
  • Able to perform a variety of welding / fabrication tasks including coded welding to relevant standards in TIG or MIG.
  • An understanding of health and safety requirements of a working welding environment.
  • Ability to work unsupervised - able to make decisive, informed decisions within the welding environment.
  • Excellent dexterity and coordination as well as a high level of accuracy / excellent attention to detail.
  • Good problem-solving skills and understanding of the importance to delivering to a schedule.
  • A willingness to work flexibly and a positive approach to work and working patterns including shift work.
  • Commitment to working as part of a team and have a ‘Can do’ attitude to supporting both welding and working with other functions.
  • Focusing on creating a high quality finished product.
  • Being professional and responsible for work area.
  • Strong interpersonal / communication skills at all levels.
  • Ability to learn new skills to a high standard and train others by working closely with and support the Section Leader.
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Willing to learn new job skills - Kaizen, 5S and participate in improvement activities


  • NVQ Level 3 in plating or fabrication and welding.
  • MIG or TIG coded qualification.


  • Rigging and lifting qualifications.
  • Abrasive wheels.
  • Distortion control methods.
  • Train the trainer qualification or relevant training experience.

Role responsibilities include…

  • Mark out and set up components and assemblies to the drawing requirements.
  • Prep material where required for welding activities.
  • Tack weld components into the finished assemblies.
  • Competent in reading and understanding comprehensive engineering drawings, datum's and tolerances.
  • Ensuring everything m is assembled accurately to drawing instructions and tolerances.
  • Working on Aluminium carbody and underframe assemblies.
  • MIG tack welding between 3 - 70mm in all positions.
  • Support the development of tools, jigs and fixtures to improve set-up efficiencies.
  • Self-inspection of joint set-up.
  • Operating cranes and lifting components in to jigs and fixtures.
  • Problem-solving technical and production constraints with solutions.

You may also be asked to support Welding and fabrication of car bodies and sub-assemblies. To include but not limited to:

  • Carrying out welding activities in accordance with WPS and SOP’s.
  • Working with limited supervision, making decisions based on analysis of work and applying welding skills.
  • Carry out safe movement of car body panels.
  • Preparation of weld surfaces in readiness for welding.
  • Ensure that work is only carried out in accordance with coding / qualification to the correct specification.
  • Carrying out weld repairs – Full accountability for weld quality and ensuring self-checks are made to ensure work meets standard.
  • Carry out weld finishing activities.
  • Distortion control including:
  • Address any deformations as a result of the welding process. Restore the structure of the car body to the correct geometry or within the defined tolerance values, in compliance with the technical documentation and company procedures.
  • Compliance with the technical documentation, the PFC and the company procedures that regulate the calibration / correction process.
  • Use of the relevant calibration / correction techniques (cold calibration; hot calibration: oxyacetylene / induction).
  • Carry out pre and post weld inspections - inspects own pre/post weld work and has the responsibility to correct to the required standard. Problems encountered may not be routine /defined and need analysis to understand correct course of action.
  • Full completion of and accountability for all weld records.
  • Reporting of any incidents or damages to the Section Leader and taking the lead on problem solving and improvement activities which may include linking with engineering and quality department colleagues.
  • Contribute to building a culture of sharing best practice across the welding team and wider car body function. Support all activity related to training others including design and delivery of training. Share knowledge and experience with others in the team. Assist others with building their skills and experience, including delivering training to e.g. people in other roles, less experienced or new colleagues. 
  • Correct control of weld equipment and associated consumables.
  • Adhere to and actively promote correct Health, Safety & Environment procedures.
  • Set and maintain the highest standards of housekeeping in the area at all times.
  • Full knowledge and compliance of area Risk Assessment.
  • Monitor, control and minimise waste.
  • Ensure correct extraction is used and execute corrective actions using appropriate company procedures across the area.
  • Support and complete tasks in the assembly area when required.
  • Leading and monitoring own progress against the role competency / training matrix and feeding back on status to the Section Leader at various intervals. 

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!


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