☀️  Day Shift
Mon-Thu 07:30 – 16:30
Friday: 07:30 – 13:30

ASSEMBLY / TESTING OPERATIVE (DAYSHIFT) – WAITING LIST

Company Background:

Northern Hydraulics Ltd is proud to be one of the UK’s top manufacturers of industry leading precision hydraulic cylinders. Throughout our 34 years in the industry, our global clients in the excavator, mining & quarrying & materials handling industry, have come to expect the highest quality products.

Accredited with Investors in People Silver Status, and recently recognised as a Best Managed Company by Deloitte (2019, 2020 & 2021), the business has undergone considerable expansion in recent years. Northern Hydraulics continues to invest in both its people & technology today.

We are currently accepting applications for our waiting list for assembly / testing operatives to join our dayshift team.

The successful applicant will report directly to the department team leader.

Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Reading & accurately interpreting engineering drawings & works orders & following production drawings
  • Assemble parts to form finished products using hand & power tools
  • Perform in-process quality checks & inspection of final assembled part against company quality standards before moving on to the next stage of the production process (test)
  • Adhering to engineering testing instructions to test hydraulic cylinders
  • Set up & operate heavy duty test rigs
  • Detect & report defective cylinders to supervisor and engage with NC processes
  • Ensure the safe & secure movement of product throughout the factory
  • Operate in an efficient manner ensuring efficiency targets are consistently achieved
  • Maintain high levels of housekeeping
  • Adhere to all H & S rules in place
  • Engaging with company MRP system

Essential Criteria:

  • Previous assembly / fitting / testing experience within the engineering industry (min. 1 year)
  • Ability to read & accurately interpret engineering drawings
  • Experience using various hand tools
  • Mechanical aptitude with a meticulous eye for detail
  • Problem solving nature
  • Previous experience of undertaking manual labour
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Awareness of H & S relative to the workshop environment
  • Strong numeracy & literacy skills
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal & written
  • Ability to work to efficiency & quality targets independently
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong timekeeping & attendance record

Desirable Criteria:

  • 2 years + assembly / fitting / testing experience within the engineering sector
  • Previous experience in the hydraulics sector is preferred
  • MRP experience is advantageous

Hours of Work:
Monday – Thursday: 07:30 – 16:30
Friday: 07:30 – 13:30
Early finish Friday


In return the successful candidate will receive:

  • Competitive hourly rate (DOE)
  • Overtime regularly available (enhanced rates)
  • Westfield Health cover
  • Early finish on a Friday
  • Saving scheme
  • Bike to work scheme
  • High specification machinery, tooling & PPE
  • Company uniform provided
  • Plus much more…

* EARLY APPLICATION IS ADVISED*

Northern Hydraulics Ltd reserve the right to enhance essential criteria for shortlisting purposes in the event of a high volume of applicants. In such an event only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To Apply:

  • Please upload you CV and Cover Letter using the form below
  • Alternatively, send a copy of your CV to info@northernhydraulics.com quoting ‘Assembly / Testing Operative
  • Or contact our reception for an application pack

    Northern Hydraulics is an equal opportunities employer.

🌙  Evening Shift (4 nights per week)
Mon-Thu 16:45 – 03:15
Friday: OFF (3 day weekend)

Assembly / Testing Operative (Evening) 

Company Background

Northern Hydraulics Ltd is proud to be one of the UK’s top manufacturers of industry leading precision hydraulic cylinders. Throughout our 34 years in the industry, our global clients in the excavator, mining & quarrying & materials handling industry, have come to expect the highest quality products.

Accredited with Investors in People Silver Status, and recently recognised as a Best Managed Company by Deloitte (2019, 2020 & 2021), the business has undergone considerable expansion in recent years. Northern Hydraulics continues to invest in both its people & technology today.

We are currently recruiting for an Assembly / Testing Operative to join our evening shift team.

The successful applicant will report directly to the department team leader.


Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Reading & accurately interpreting engineering drawings & works orders & following production drawings
  • Assemble parts to form finished products using hand & power tools
  • Perform in-process quality checks & inspection of final assembled part against company quality standards before moving on to the next stage of the production process (test)
  • Adhering to engineering testing instructions to test hydraulic cylinders
  • Set up & operate heavy duty test rigs
  • Detect & report defective cylinders to supervisor and engage with NC processes
  • Ensure the safe & secure movement of product throughout the factory
  • Operate in an efficient manner ensuring efficiency targets are consistently achieved
  • Maintain high levels of housekeeping
  • Adhere to all H & S rules in place
  • Engaging with company MRP system

Essential Criteria:

  • Previous assembly / fitting / testing experience within the engineering industry (min. 1 year)
  • Ability to read & accurately interpret engineering drawings
  • Experience using various hand tools
  • Mechanical aptitude with a meticulous eye for detail
  • Problem solving nature
  • Previous experience of undertaking manual labour
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Awareness of H & S relative to the workshop environment
  • Strong numeracy & literacy skills
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal & written
  • Ability to work to efficiency & quality targets independently
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong timekeeping & attendance record


Desirable Criteria:

  • 2 years + assembly / fitting / testing experience within the engineering sector
  • Previous experience in the hydraulics sector is preferred
  • MRP experience is advantageous

Monday – Thursday: 16:45 – 03:15

Friday: OFF

*4-night working week*


In return the successful candidate will receive:

  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Shift premium payable for evening shift work
  • Overtime regularly available (enhanced rates)
  • 4 night working week – excellent work life balance
  • Westfield Health cover
  • Saving scheme
  • Bike to work scheme
  • High specification machinery, tooling & PPE
  • Company uniform provided
  • Plus much more…

Northern Hydraulics Ltd reserve the right to enhance essential criteria for shortlisting purposes in the event of a high volume of applicants. In such an event, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To Apply:

  • Please upload you CV and Cover Letter using the form below
  • Alternatively, send a copy of your CV to info@northernhydraulics.com quoting ‘Assembly / Testing Operative
  • Or contact our reception for an application pack

    Northern Hydraulics is an equal opportunities employer.

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