Apprentice Fitter

Ipswich, Suffolk
Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits
11 Apr 2017
26 Apr 2017

ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UK’s busiest port and Southampton, the UK’s leading export port and number one for cars and cruise. The group's other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Terminal), ship's agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

In 2015 ABP and its customers handled 92 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.

Ideally situated at the head of the river Orwell and 12 miles from the open sea, the Port of Ipswich is within a short sailing time from the North Sea shipping lanes and handles around 2 million tonnes of cargo each year.

The Role

The Purpose of the role is to assist with and complete maintenance, repair and routine services of mechanical plant and equipment in line with the Company's quality standards, prior to testing/inspection by the Engineering Supervisor.

The role will involve working alone under instruction and in coordination with other trades, to meet the production plan. The role will involve working accurately to operational standards and written instruction.

To work to the six pillars and visions and values held by ABP, in a Beyond Zero health and Safety culture.


  • Assist by working alongside skilled professionals in carrying out maintenance and repairs to all mechanical plant and equipment.
  • Attend breakdowns / emergency situations in order to carry out all necessary repairs, reporting root cause of breakdown as required.
  • Identify,   dismantle, repair and replace defective or worn mechanical components or equipment.
  • Examine detailed drawings or equipment specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements.
  • Fit and assemble parts and tools, including welding or brazing parts.
  • Set-up and/or operate hand and machine tools.
  • Check accuracy, fit and quality of completed maintenance repairs, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Cut, thread, bend and install hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines.
  • Effectively carries out reporting, record-keeping and handover procedures with regard to all maintenance activities, including manual & IT reporting processes.
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in compliance with standards and procedures of Industry:
  • External (HSE regulations, legislation and guidance).
  • Internal (ABP's risk assessments, safe systems of work and Health, Safety and Environmental policies).
  • Maintain tools and equipment issued to a satisfactory condition, reporting any defects.

Skills and Experience


  • A minimum of 4 GCSE's A*-C (including English, Maths and Science)
  • Desire to learn and undertake training / qualifications to succeed
  • Good communication skills at all levels
  • Proven experience of working within a team environment
  • Ability to follow instructions with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrable level of awareness of self and others to concentrate in a safety critical engineering environment
  • Be open and honest
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Full UK Driving Licence (car) or intention of obtaining


  • Previous work experience gained in an Engineering based Industry
  • NVQ Level 2/3 in maintenance in an applicable trade
  • IOSH health and safety certificate

Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.

Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.