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Lead Technician

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Location: Kent, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 44593
Date Posted: Dec 4, 2019
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Repair & Maintenance
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: Optional

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Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the UK, Europe and Japan? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!


As a global provider of total railway solutions, Hitachi Rail Limited has a growing international presence and product range. We are leading the largest rail modernisation project in UK history and delivering the UK’s next generation of rolling stock. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

Hitachi Rail is currently seeking a Lead Technician to join our team in Ashford, Kent at our state of the art Train Maintenance Centre. This is a permanent position working a rotating day and night shift. 


In this exciting role, you will be responsible for undertaking corrective and preventative maintenance, servicing, complex fault finding and repair of Hitachi rolling stock assets.


Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Assist maintenance teams with in-depth faults, passing on fault finding skills.

  • Assist in identifying root cause of defects using Hitachi Root Cause Analysis tools and procedures

  • Prepare for and undertake the removal and replacement of traction and rolling stock components

  • Carry out planned modification tasks on Hitachi rolling stock assets

  • Assemble and install traction and rolling stock components using engineering processes and techniques

  • Identify and rectify defects on Hitachi rolling stock assets

  • Support the DSM (Lead Technician) in identifying repeat defects on Hitachi rolling stock assets and suggest / carry out repairs

  • Create technical scopes of work for fault rectification by other members of staff

  • Assist Support Engineers with regards to reliability improvements to rolling stock assets

  • Attend and provide technical support with failures in service when on duty

  • Identify and provide continuous improvement suggestions

  • Maintain the condition of the work site, materials and equipment

  • Adhere to health, safety, environmental & quality practices in the workplace

  • Prepare for and undertake planned task based maintenance and unplanned defect maintenance activities

  • Confirm that traction and rolling stock assets comply with operational specifications by the use of engineering processes and techniques

  • Read and extract information from traction and rolling stock drawings and specifications

  • Keep Equinox record system up to date with clear and concise information of work carried out.

  • Develop professionally and support good working relationships

  • Learn new skills in accordance with Hitachi’s new business demands as required


About you

  • Previous experience working within the rail industry on modern rolling stock.
  • Proven ability to solve technical problems using fault finding techniques.
  • Network Rail Sentinel PTS (Training will be given if required)
  • Working at Height will be required
  • Manual Handling


  • M & E HNC or served apprenticeship with mechanical, electrical disciplines

  • Engineering based NVQ level 3

  • Sound knowledge of, and compliance to, rules and regulations

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to represent Hitachi in a professional manner at all times

  • Good team worker
  • Proactive
  • Organised
  • Support Hitachi Rail Europe company values
  • Intermediate IT skills – typically Word, Excel
  • AC/DC Depot isolation
  • Moveable plant
  • Driving Licence
  • Crimping competence & assessment
Why Hitachi Rail Limited?

At Hitachi Rail Limited, 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.


We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme with contributions up to 9%, health insurance, generous annual leave entitlement and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.


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! Hitachi Rail are an equal opportunities employer.


Closing date for applications is 3rd December 2019.

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