N.F. McDonnell & Sons is a leader in the softwood timber industry providing quality products to both the domestic and export markets. Based in Mount Gambier and established in 1944 our company has always stayed true to its motto of “continual improvement is how we do business”. Our sawmill boasts the most state of the art equipment and technology for processing small diameter sawlogs in Australia.

We are seeking applications for an Apprentice Fitter to join the maintenance team of a successful and dynamic Australian-owned company. The successful applicant will undertake an apprenticeship with N.F. McDonnell & Sons and work towards achieving a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade.

Essential Key Competencies and Selection Criteria:

  • Successful completion of year 11.
  • Commitment to learning the trade and developing their skills and knowledge
  • Good understanding of the requirements of agreeing to undertake an apprenticeship and working to complete a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  • Gaining competency in all aspects and machinery located in the Sawmill and Maintenance Workshop
  • Developing their knowledge of and experience in industrial machinery
  • Gaining experience in mechanical maintenance of heavy industrial equipment
  • Developing their ability to manage time effectively, set priorities, plan and organise workloads, and achieve specified outcomes within a limited timeframe
  • Willingness to be part of a team and be actively involved in an on-the-job learning environment
  • Basic understanding of the relationship between maintenance and equipment reliability and uptime
  • Ability to work in with others, inquisitive, able to follow instruction and able to interact with a range of people in different roles
  • Awareness of limitations of own abilities and understanding of the need to escalate when unsure or needing help
  • Basic understanding of workplace health and safety and the role of identifying hazards and controlling risks in the workplace

Day Shift
38 hours per week, typically between 6.00am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday

  • Hours work may vary and may include shift work or overtime depending on business needs.
  • The position has a 6 month probationary period and requires satisfactory TAFE and workplace training results to progress.

Any queries about this opportunity can be addressed to Stewart Kanahs, Maintenance Manager.

A COVER LETTER addressing the Essential Key Competencies and RESUME is to be emailed to or dropped in to the Administration Office.

Applications close on Friday 3rd December 2021

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