Canal & River Trust

M&E Technician

Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Permanent Annualised Hours
Asset Delivery & Asset Management
Advertised Salary

Job Purpose

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities. We maintain 2,200 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings – preserving them for future generations.  Our waterways are exciting, vibrant places to work.


As an M&E Technician on our waterway you will play an important role using your technical expertise to assist with the implementation of improving M&E Assets within a defined area and will safely and efficiently support the delivery of improvements to the inland waterways network.


The role involves the maintenance and repair of mechanised canal structures, including locks and bridges, plus the maintenance and repair of workboats and land based plant. Work sites will be across the area of our North Wales & Borders and Manchester & Pennine waterways, so frequent travel across this area will be required from the successful candidate. The successful candidate will also be expected to take part in an on-call weekend rota for Anderton Boat Lift between March-November.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

Key Responsibilities:

  • Comply with Canal & River Trust Health & Safety policy and defined standards, report incidents, accidents and near misses. Complete point of work risk assessments and make adjustments to work methods where appropriate.
  • Working to a planned timetable with support from the length inspection team survey, inspect, monitor and report on condition of M&E assets. Maintain appropriate data including recommending fitness for purpose. Input results of inspections into SAP via notifications.
  • Working outside provide mechanical, electrical and marine support to an assigned area, assist in the resolution of mechanical and electrical engineering-related situations as they arise. Assist with the preparation of contract documents
  • Manage well-defined work programmes, usually minor works to meet set objectives.
  • Under supervision, produce recommendations to minor problems undertaking design where appropriate. Apply a working knowledge of statutory obligations, heritage and environmental requirements, and Canal & River Trust policies, principles & standards to the delivery of work.
  • Supervise third party works to delegated levels. With guidance, accounts for costs and monies received regarding rechargeable works.
  • Contribute to ensuring asset data quality with SAP, GIS and other operational information systems is accurate and up to date.
  • Where a vacancy arises, participate where agreed in the standby rota in order to support delivery of customer service defined standards and reaction to emergency situations.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • An understanding of Health & Safety within site work and have a good knowledge of appropriate mechanical and/or electrical regulations.
  • HNC (or similar level) in Electrical and/or Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.
  • C&G wiring regulations, C&G Inspection & Test.
  • Authorised Person in 2 of the following areas: Mechanical, Electrical or Scada - Learning Event VEEN024
  • Relevant valid CAATS competency for use of plant/tools and equipment to maintain the canal/river environment
  • Heritage awareness relevant to environment, example awareness of effects of invasive vegetation on heritage assets.
  • SAP skills & knowledge - Desirable
  • Valid driving licence appropriate for vehicle to be driven.

What We Offer

In addition to your annual salary (up to £26,000.00 depending on experience), we can offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits.


When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations.  Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.


We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.


Find out more about the work we do and opportunities we have on our website:


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