Ferry Mechanic

Tamar Bridge & Torpoint Ferry is looking for a new Ferry Mechanic to join the team at the Ferry. This is quite an unusual role in a unique environment. Please read all the details before deciding whether the role is suitable for you and you are what we are looking for. This summary should be read in conjunction with the full job description and person specification.

Background Staffing structure:

Ferry Supervisors report to Operations Manager and manage the:

Controllers: Ferry drivers equivalent to 'ferry skippers' who line manage a crew consisting of:

Mechanic: Looks after the engine room machinery

Collector x 2: Loading ferries and taking the tolls

Crew Support: Cleaning and covering where required

What is it like working here? We run a busy 24/7 service every day of the year with 1, 2 or 3 Ferries running. The weather conditions, vehicle traffic flow and other river traffic can be variable making the operation of the service more challenging. The staff have extensive daily interaction with the public and other stakeholders and working with a wide variety of crew and staff. We are a vital link between Plymouth and Cornwall and see around 2.4 million vehicles and 600K foot passengers a year crossing with us.

Ferry Mechanic role: This is an important role on the ferries and requires a flexible, quick thinking, multi-skilled candidate who is able to operate well in pressurised, dynamic situations.

This role is essentially a start-up/shut-down, watch-keeping (monitoring and surveillance), husbandry role based mainly in the Engine Room but also covering other maintenance and husbandry tasks on-board. This is not a full engineer or fitter role but requires a good broad knowledge of machinery, equipment and systems (mechanical, electrical and electronic).

You will usually be based on a ferry either in service or assisting the maintenance crew for the out of service ferry. There is some PC based work, requirement to attend training and work on some of the occasional roles such as chain changes which may not be ferry based. You may also be required to assist with loading the ferry, carrying out emergency procedures or other tasks commensurate with the grade of this role.

In the event of any problems, whether a simple failure or an emergency situation, this role is pivotal in managing and responding in conjunction with the Ferry Controller and maintenance staff.

Due to the nature of the operation the successful candidate must be able to manage multiple concurrent tasks as well as swapping over primary tasks and aims regularly and sometimes part of the way through the day as required.

Shifts: We run a shift system for the nine ferry crews which is currently a nine week recurring pattern with a different set of days and times each week to cover the 24/7 operation. This includes one week out of the nine which is seven night shifts in a row.

You will be paid on a monthly basis and whilst your weekly hours will vary according to the rota you will be paid 1/12 of your yearly salary each month (plus applicable allowances) making it easier for you to budget.

The majority of the shift are 8hrs long with some regular 4.75hrs and some occasional other lengths. Whilst you generally work to the rota there are times when you may need to adjust times to attend training, meetings, medicals and similar.

Basic Salary/T&Cs: Salary: £26,583 - £28,072 for an average 39hr/week role (Approximate figures), inclusive of standard shift, night and weekend working allowances, paid monthly in arrears.

Annual holiday allowance starting at 23 days a year (rising to 27 after 5 years) plus bank holidays. Local government pension scheme, sick pay, as well as an option to join the cycle to work scheme. All uniform and safety equipment is supplied by the company at no cost to you.

About you:

The person specifications give a high level of detail of what skills and experiences we are looking for in the successful candidate and how we will shortlist, however in the first instance you must be able to demonstrate:

1) Current or recent experience of working in an engine room in a husbandry role.

2) Good knowledge of machinery, equipment and systems (mechanical, electrical and electronic) ideally in a maritime environment.

3) Good IT skills - PCs, Office style packages and engine room specific programs.

These experiences must be recent and demonstrable in your application and may be tested if you successfully reach later stages in the recruitment process.

You must be prepared to be flexible in the days and times that you work and the tasks that you will be required to do each shift. We are looking for people who are keen to learn, train and develop and move themselves and the company forward.

If the above sounds like you and you match the criteria we would welcome your application.


Applications will only be accepted on the official application form (available on our website); letters, CVs or other alternative methods will not be accepted. Presentation of the application form is important and may be assessed as part of the shortlisting process.

Closing date: 10:00hrs Monday 22nd October 2018 

Interviews: for shortlisted candidates are anticipated to be W/C 29th October 2018.

If you have not heard anything by Monday 5th November please assume you have been unsuccessful, we are sorry but due to the expected volume of applicants we are unable to inform people individually or give feedback to people who are not successful in reaching the interview stages.

TB&TF is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

If you require any further details or for an informal conversation about the role please call 01752 81 22 33 and ask for Chris Pike (Operations Manager), no agencies or advertisers please.

See also:

word icon Job Application Form [246kb]

word icon Mechanic Job Description [43kb]

word icon Mechanic Person Specification [45kb]

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