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Lead Technician

Location: Doncaster, POST-SYK, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0001187
Date Posted: Mar 2, 2021
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Other
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 Europe 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 Europe are currently searching for Lead Technicians to join our team in Doncaster at our state of the art Train Maintenance Centre. This is a permanent position working a rotating day and night shift. 

In this exciting new 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:

  • Prepare for and undertake planned and unplanned 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
  • Prepare for and undertake the removal and replacement of traction and rolling stock components
  • Modify or manufacture traction and rolling stock components by material removal using hand tools
  • Install, assemble traction and rolling stock components using engineering processes and techniques
  • Identify, assess and rectify defects and discrepancies on Hitachi rolling stock assets
  • Create technical scopes of work for fault rectification by other members of staff
  • Support reliability technicians with regards reliability improvements to rolling stock assets
  • Attend and provide technical support with failures in service when on duty
  • Keep SAP record system up to date with clear and concise information of work carried out.
  • Maintain the condition of the work site, materials and equipment
  • Adhere to health, safety, environmental & quality practices in the workplace

About you

Skills & Experience

  • Experience of supporting a maintenance team on a shift basis in a modern rolling stock maintenance depot environment.
  • Experience of direct and indirect assessment of staff on the shop.
  • Outstanding Safety Awareness gained in an operational railway engineering environments.
  • Experience of working at stabling out stations or main line station technical support.
  • Rolling stock test, approvals and commissioning experience preferably gained from a previous modern rolling stock fleet introduction.
  • Highly experienced in undertaking preventative and corrective rolling stock maintenance on modern rolling stock. To include modern fault finding and repair techniques using pc based laptops and remote train diagnostics.
  • Extensive experience of modern maintenance management systems (MMS) and associated reliability and available trend analysis.
  • Experience of performing modifications and campaigns on modern rolling stock.


  • M & E ONC or served apprenticeship with mechanical, electrical disciplines or equivalent proven railway experience.
  • Engineering based NVQ level 3 – Electrical bias would be advantageous


  • Comfortable working alone or in a team
  • Sound knowledge of, and compliance to, rules and regulations (internal and external)
  • Calm and diplomatic under pressure, able to support, teach and mentor.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to interface effectively with all levels of personnel both within and outside the company.
  • Loyal, committed, confident and determined.


  • Intermediate IT skills – typically Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
  • Reading electrical, pneumatic, mechanical schematics and drawings reading
  • Train driving, Fire warden, First Aider
  • Network Rail Sentinel PTS
  • Powered plant and tools – bogie drop, cranes, air systems / 110v tools.
  • Train driving assessment and licence
  • Depot Protection
  • Working at Height, COSHH, Manual handling, AC/DC Depot isolation

Why Hitachi Rail Europe?

At Hitachi Rail Europe 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, up to 28 days of annual leave 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!

Closing date for applications is 4th March 2021.

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