Vehicle Adaptations Engineer

Vehicle adaption at The Disability Resource Centre, North Wales

Job Title: Vehicle Adaptations Engineer
Salary: SP 14-16
Working Hours: 37.5 Hours per week
Reports to: Vehicle Adaptation Manager
Responsible to: Centre Manager

Context of Role

The purpose of the Centre is to assist disabled people who experience recent or long-standing conditions to achieve an optimal and safe independent lifestyle within their own homes and with their outdoor mobility.

It aims to promote and provide services for individuals, families and carers who are experiencing challenges to their mobility and/or daily living. Services include information and advice; equipment for use within the home; the community; and in vehicles; and training that promotes increased independence, safety and wellbeing, potentially, reducing social isolation

Purpose of Role

Although responsible for the maintenance, servicing and repairing of a wide range of equipment that helps people maintain their independence, the post holder will primarily be adapting vehicles to a high standard within an agreed timescale.

Key Tasks

1. Identify materials and parts required for all allocated jobs to enable vehicles to be adapted and ensure that equipment is installed correctly to the standards required.

2. Carry out fabrication/welding to industry standards including MIG/TIG and MMA (Metal Inert Gas/Tungsten Inert gas and Manual Metal Arc)

3. Ensure compliance with safe working practices, ethos statements and DRC policies and procedures at all times e.g. for the workshop

  • Maintain tools and equipment ensuring they are clean, serviceable and stored correctly at the end of each working day
  • Ensure that personal knowledge is current to maintain safe working practices around battery and electrical equipment
  • Ensure that safety equipment including PPE is used correctly at all times.

4.  Be responsible or attending emergency/breakdowns of equipment within normal          working hours and some out of hours as necessary.

5. Carry out any rectification work as required under warranty

6. All equipment must be checked for correct assembly and operation before a task is deemed completed and returning to client

7. Keep concise and accurate records of work planned and undertaken and ensure all administration, paperwork and telephone calls are completed in a timely professional manner.

8. To organise and carry out regular maintenance of the company vehicles ensuring that the correct and safe procedures are adhered to.

9. Undertake risk assessments and monitor agreed risk management plans for the Centre.

10. Be responsible for maintaining a clean and safe working environment and general appearance of the Centre

11. Monitor productive efficiency and identify areas of potential improvement

12. To uphold and promote the highest standard of confidentiality in line with current data protection legislation and guidance.  This includes customers, staff and Board. 

13. Report any concerns or complications that arise that are outside the post holder’s area of responsibility to the Manager

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Policy contains arrangements for ensuring a safe working environment.  All employees should familiarise themselves with these arrangements under Health and Safety legislation, all employees have a duty of care to act responsibly so as not to endanger themselves or others

In addition to the duties listed above, the post holder is required to perform any other duties assigned by the Manager that falls into the grade and remit of the post in line with the strategic requirements of the DRC.

Person Specification – Vehicle Adaptations Engineer

Personal Characteristics

  1. Disability Awareness
  2. Ability to work as a member of a team and independently.
  3. High quality standards and workmanship
  4. Motivated, flexible, and enthusiastic
  5. An ability to embrace the Centre’s corporate values, mission, and vision in everything that is done as a charitable organisation.
  6. Positive and professional attitude

Essential skills

  1. Suitable level 2 or equivalent qualification in engineering, mechanical engineering or operations and maintenance engineering
  2. An ability to understand and implement a variety of engineering practices e.g.
    • Be conversant with and commit to maintaining current safe operation of vehicle workshop equipment including lathes, pillar/bench drills, grinding wheels and milling machines. 
    • Understanding of safe working practices around battery and electrical equipment.
  3. To hold a clean full UK driving license
  4. Good diagnostic and problem solving skills
  5. Excellent customer service skills
  6. Time management skills
  7. Safe manual handling practice
  8. Good customer service skills
  9. Basic IT literacy

Desirable skills

  • Suitable qualification at level 3 or equivalent in  e.g. mechanical engineering, electronic and electrical engineering
  • Welsh speaking
  • Experience of working with people who have a disability or long term conditions

Get in Touch!

For full job description and application form, please contact Sue Edwards on sue.edwards@thedrc.co or call 01745 341967