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Overhaul Technician

Location: Ashford, KEN, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0000997
Date Posted: Jan 17, 2021
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Administration & Facilities
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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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 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 are looking for talented Overhaul Technicians to join our Train Maintenance Centre in Ashford. This is a permanent role working on a rotating shift basis.

We are looking for a dedicated and talented individual to perform overhaul and maintenance activities on Hitachi rolling stock. In this exciting role, you will be working in a dynamic work environment that values collaboration, adaptability and creativity.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Overhaul Programme

  • Prepare for and undertake the removal and replacement of traction and rolling stock components
  • Assemble and install traction and rolling stock components using engineering processes and techniques
  • Carry out planned modification tasks on Hitachi rolling stock assets
  • Confirm that traction and rolling stock assets comply with operational specifications by the use of engineering processes and techniques
  • Keep Equinox and Wraps up to date with clear and concise information of work carried out
  • Carryout Post Overhaul Inspections

Corrective Maintenance

  • Assess and undertake any defect rectification on Hitachi rolling stock assets
  • Carryout repairs to traction and rolling stock following technical scopes of work
  • Read and extract information from traction and rolling stock drawings and specifications
  • Modify traction and rolling stock components by material removal using hand tools


  • Ensure compliance of health, safety, environmental & quality practices in the workplace
  • Identify and deal with hazards in the railway environment
  • Maintain the condition of the work site, materials and equipment
  • Support good house-keeping and waste management initiatives
  • Identify and provide continuous improvement suggestions

Additional Tasks

  • Develop professionally and support good working relationships
  • Learn new skills in accordance with Hitachi’s business demands as required
  • Assist in the development of maintenance & continuous improvement processes

About you


  • Train and rolling stock maintenance and fault-finding experience.
  • Strong electrical and mechanical knowledge
  • Proven ability to solve technical problems using fault finding techniques
  • Competent in the use of Crane Systems, Fork Lifts and Mobile Scaffolding Platforms
  • Test Track Isolations
  • Crimping competence & assessment


  • 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 and organised
  • Support Hitachi Rail company values


Licences / Competences

  • Intermediate IT skills – typically Word, Excel
  • Driving Licence
  • Train Balancing/Weighing
  • Operating heavy lift equipment (Bogie drop, train lifting jacks, cranes)
  • Bogie Drop
  • Network Rail Sentinel PTS
  • 395 Depot Driving
  • Depot Protection System (train moves incl. PICT)

Why Hitachi Rail?

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.

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!

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